When the cheering and MVP perks stop, what then? This ambitious adaptation of Frank Deford's novel about three tumultuous decades in the lives of a Washington Redskins football star and his two biggest fans attempts to answer this question. Dennis Quaid has his rangiest role to date as Gavin Grey, who goes, De Niro-like, from sinewy gridiron Adonis to embittered has-been with sizable beer gut. Jessica Lange brings her customary class and inner strength to Babs, the Louisiana State homecoming queen who marries college sweetheart Gavin and forfeits her identity; Timothy Hutton is Donnie, Gavin's cousin who secretly pines for the neglected Babs. But it's big guy John Goodman in one of his first screen roles who blasts through in this cross between The Way We Were and North Dallas Forty. Taylor Hackford, no slouch at epic melodramas (The Devil's Advocate), directed from a script by Tom Rickman (Oscar-nominated for Coal Miner's Daughter). Gavin's two-hours-later epiphany? "There's more to life than making touchdowns." --Glenn Lovell
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TRANSFER: Very respectable effort from Warner Brothers with rich, vibrant colors, deep blacks and some nicely balanced colors and contrast levels. On the down side, some scenes appear to have a slightly hazy look to them and there is considerable film grain in a few scenes and age related artifacts to contend with. Overall, however, an adequate remastering effort.
EXTRAS: The director gives us his personal insight into the making of this film which isn't really as insightful as one might imagine. There's also a trailer.
BOTTOM LINE: If you like schmaltz with your beer then this one has it all. If the only thing that excites you is touchdowns then Monday Night Football is a better fit.
Meanwhile, the characters that remained on the fringes in the good old days focused on what they might do in the future rather than dwelling in the past, and had much more meaningful lives as a result. This is all very gratifying for people who weren't high school football heroes or prom queens. While not a great film, this is a pretty good film, and a worthy antidote for excessive exposure to rampant nostalgia.
Hackford (or careful editing) pulls back before certain moments fall into sappy sentimentality. But the period detail is meticulous and perfect, and certain pressings of this video come with the dialog-only (no music) trailer for 1989's "Batman", one of the unintentionally best movie trailers ever.
It's a peek into into the turbulent and chaotic life of a diehard, aging football hero who never let's the team down, and his beautiful, naive, trophy wife.
Throughout the entire movie, you are routing for both the team and the marriage. When you think that love has lost, it's just begininng.
If anyone knows who sings the ending song, I think it's called, "It's Forever", please email me with the artist's name.
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Great flick with QUAID,GOODMAN,HUTTON,AND THE LOVELY JESSICA LANGE.
Made on the campus of LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, and the Baton Rouge area. Read more
I loved this movie but no one mentions Timothy Hutton in their reviews. I thought he nearly stole the show, and I loved every scene with him. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2000
this was a great movie. Like one reviewer already said... Anything with the golden band from tigerland in it is a great movie! Read morePublished on Sept. 20 1999
Filmed on location at the LSU Campus, this movie has scenes inside Tiger Stadium! Any movie that features the Golden Band from Tigerland during the opening credits can't be bad at... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 1999
This is an excellent movie with wonderfull performances by Lange, Quaid, and Goodman. The character development is superb and the message the movie delivers is powerful. Read morePublished on June 20 1999