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Everybodys All-American

Jessica Lange , Dennis Quaid , Taylor Hackford    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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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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"Everybody's All American" is the story of Gavin Grey(Dennis Quaid)a guy who goes from stud-muffin to couch potato faster than you can say touchdown. In this endevor he's aided by Jessica Lange - the no-good-for-him love of his life. Taylor Hackford directs with slick style and lots of heart this story better suited for reruns of "General Hospital" than a big screen romance. Nevertheless, and happily so, the film works on all levels.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for romantic lovers of nostalga Jan. 12 2004
This movie's message is, simply put, don't go living in the past or the present may very well run over you like a very large lineman. Initially, it would appear that the movie glamourizes those bright college days, full of football heroism & social ascendancy on campus, but it becomes apparent soon enough that the film's main characters are real losers in the larger game of life. Jessica Lange in particular plays a southern belle who, as her life progresses, realizes that life really isn't a Homecoming dance, and that the culture that once put her on a pedastel has, in the long run, really screwed her over by limiting her options. Ahh, the life of the trophy wife. Meanwhile, Dennis Quaid (whose smart-alecky persona normally drives me crazy) comes across as a total loser in the bigger picture, as he remains mired in the increasingly long-ago glory days of his youth, unable to cope with his present-day, beer-gut-ridden life of mediocrity. Ahh, the life of a has-been athlete.
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but no classic Nov. 11 2000
Format:VHS Tape
i remember working as a extra on the set of this movie when they were filming in baton rouge thirteen years ago.its been three years since i've left, and if i went back today, it would still be the same. Baton Rouge is a football mad town. it practically rivals Alabama of the importance the sport has on its people and when i was at LSU, i got caught up in the fever, going to most of the home games... And yes, The Golden Band Of Tigerland is good, but not as good as Southern University's The Human Jukebox. Dennis Quade has never been accused of being a great actor, and his performance here is ok. at times he seems more of a caricature, which is what is his character Gavin Grey is: the dumb jock who lives for football, but can't live without it off the field. Jessica Lange is a good actress, but she basically plays a trophy wife. when asked what she's majoring in college, her reply: " Gavin and me." Timothy Hutton's character was one of the few bright spots in the flim, so was Carl Lumbly's role as the black civil rights leader/entrepenuer who has higher goals in mind. John Goodman should stick to doing Television. he's at best a character actor. Watch this movie for the shots of Tiger Stadium and the glory that is southern football. That's all there is to this film. But down there, that's all they care about anyway
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5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase for the often-underrated Dennis Quaid Oct. 29 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is an overlooked film from 1988, and perhaps the best performance in Quaid's career. Director Taylor Hackford has had an uneven career, but this stands as one of his best movies so far. Quaid is the a star college football player who marries the homecoming queen (Jessica Lange) and SLOWLY comes to realize that the fame and glory of his college days won't carry him in the real world of professional football and the years after. Lange gets top billing (contractually), but it is Quaid's movie. This should have been his Oscar-nominated performance.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A LOVE STORY July 24 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie. I'm not a big football fan, but there was enough sports and enough romance to keep both me and my husband entertained throughout the movie.
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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