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Plot: Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 20 Oct 1983
The Future Is Not in Rustbelt Pennsylvania (by bkoganbing)
As Stefan Djeordjevic, Tom Cruise wants to move out of Ampipe, Pennsylvania as badly as George Bailey does from Bedford Falls. He plays football, but harbors no illusions about a career in that direction. The pros won't take anyone his size so he just wants to get to college to study engineering. His working class father and brother can't get him there and as a B student no academic scholarships are in the offing. Football really is his life.The difference between Bedford Falls and Ampipe is the difference between a rising and falling economy. If you remember in It's A Wonderful <more>
Life, George Bailey gets Sam Wainwright to re-open the old glass works for a plastics factory instead of locating in Rochester. There's a future in Bedford Falls, like there is none in the Eighties Ampipe where industry is relocating to the south and even out of the country. The future is definitely not in rust-belt Pennsylvania. Everybody wants out of that place except those with no future. Cruise's girlfriend Lea Thompson is jealous because as a band-member there ain't no scholarships for him. The coach Craig T. Nelson wants a winning season so he can get a prize college coaching job. All his other players have ambitions like Cruise.All the Right Moves was Tom Cruise's sixth film and first dramatic lead, it's the film that made him a star. He was first billed in Losin' It and Risky Business, but this one showed what a good actor he was. If it wasn't for All the Right Moves, Tom Cruise's career would have faded with the eighties. Lea Thompson gives good support to Tom and Craig T. Nelson is far from the coach that we see in Coach. He's a bitter driven man and not happy when some in the town toilet paper his house after a loss and he sees Cruise on the scene.Paul Carafotes and Christopher Penn are a couple of other football players whose lives take an abrupt change in direction by other reasons than football. Best supporting player in the film though is James Battico who's stayed all his life in Ampipe. He turns out to be a malevolent creep, very similar to Robert DeNiro in This Boy's Life.Ampipe stands for American Pipe&Steel. The town, the high school is named it. But the very name I'm sure gives rise to other less flattering nicknames that I'm sure anyone reading this will come up with.All the Right Moves is one of the best coming of age films ever made and should never be missed when broadcast.
My brother, now a surgeon envied Tom Cruise.... (by MarieGabrielle)
I will also add that that is not the case now....Be things as they are, when this film was made it showed a good side of Tom Cruise; neighborhood kid trying to get ahead- no guidance from his father; no trust fund or relatives to give him a hand.It is somewhat sad to watch this film, or "Born on the Fourth of July" an excellent film, also and be misguided by PR trash magazines and gossip. When he was younger, Tom Cruise deserved credit as an actor. I myself would like to write purely about film, but it is sad that, in the U.S. the rumor mills spread gossip and hatred to all areas; <more>
suffice it to say, this film has a good story, and Cruise was not as famous at the time, so it is well worth watching. 10/10.
All the Right Moves is a wonderful classic movie from the 80's about a group of teenagers from a small mining town in Pennsylvania who want to secure their future by getting scholarships so they can go to the best schools in the country. Stefan is a skilled football player who dreams of becoming an engineer instead of working at the mill like his father and brother, his girlfriend Lisa wants to study music but unfortunately their high school only provides football scholarships to its students. When the Ampipe High School team loses the football game to the Walnut Heights, all the players <more>
are depressed by the loss. After Stef clashes with Coach Nickerson over the players' performance, he kicks him out of the team which makes things worse for the ambitious youth. Tom Cruise at the age of 21 was excellent in the role of Stef which came after his success in Risky Business that later made him the world's most richest and prosperous movie star. Lea Thompson was perfect as Lisa, the gifted musician who knows she can't go to college and at the same be with Stef whom she loves.
The best high school sports movie ever! (by leczorn)
It took me 28 years to finally get around to seeing this high school football drama, but it was well worth the wait and probably for the best, since I appreciate it far more now at 40 than I could've at 12.I remember when it came out in late 1983, a few months after Tom Cruise became a star through "Risky Business." Despite a solid publicity campaign, "All the Wrong Moves" failed to reap a huge benefit from Cruise's presence. The movie grossed a modest $17,233,166 at the American box office and quickly faded into obscurity.Then I saw it in the $3 bin at Big Lots <more>
and decided to give it a chance. I'm glad I did, because it's a diamond in the rough; definitely the best high school sports movie I've ever seen. Rather than the usual sports movie clichés, such as the focus on "the big game," this is a heavyweight drama that's about football on the surface but life at the core.Stefen "Stef" Djordjevic played by Cruise resides in the blue collar town of Ampipe, Pennsylvania, where he plays cornerback for the local high school football team. He resides with his older brother, Rick Gary Graham , and their father Charles Cioffi , both of whom work in the local steel mill, as does seemingly every man in town. Stef's and Rick's mother is dead and the three Djordjevic men seem to all have a pretty good relationship with each other. And at a couple of points in the latter half of the movie, the father shows great support in the midst of his son's hardships.Now a senior, Stef is a moderate college prospect and has realistic expectations. Being a mere 5'10" 178 cm and white, he has no illusions of making the NFL, and being a B student, he has no illusions of getting an academic scholarship. But he hopes to attain a college football scholarship and earn a degree in engineering. Still, he's uncomfortable with the possibility of being far away from his beautiful cheerleader girlfriend, Lisa Lea Thompson , a junior who adores him, even though she's not a football fan.Ampipe's next game is at Walnut Heights, who is undefeated and ranked #3 in the state, as well as located in a much wealthier area. Stef and some of his teammates view the game as an opportunity to impress college scouts and break away from what they see as a dead end town. Ampipe is economically struggling and the steel mill is laying off many workers. And the team's tough, no-nonsense head coach, Nickerson Craig T. Nelson , is also looking beyond the town, pursing college assistant coaching jobs.Late in the game, with Ampipe trailing 10-7, Stef intercepts a pass and returns it for a touchdown. But shortly afterward, while disobeying Nickerson's order to go after the ball instead of the receiver, Stef commits a crucial pass interference penalty that contributes to his team losing. In the locker room right after the game, he and Nickerson have an argument that results in Stef's dismissal from the team. Nickerson won't even Stef ride home on the team bus and tells him to ride with the cheerleaders.Instead, he hitches a ride home with some Ampipe fans, who stop at Nickerson's house and vandalize it. Not realizing what they were going to do, Stef unsuccessfully tries to stop it. Nickerson's daughter hears the vandalizing and tells her father, who goes outside and sees the vandals fleeing. It's initially uncertain whether he got a close enough look at Stef.But the next week, Stef visits Nickerson at a football practice, apologizing for his role in the argument and asking for re-instatement to the team, which has only one game left. But Nickerson says that he saw Stef at Nickerson's house that night after the game. Stef insists that he did none of the vandalizing but Nickerson doesn't believe that.The day of the game, Greg and 700 others get laid off from the steel mill. In his ensuing depression, he goes out and gets drunk. While he's gone, Lisa comes over and she and Stef have sex for the first time.The next few weeks are chaotic for Stef and his teammates. Brian Christopher Penn , having just accepted a scholarship offer from USC, learns that his girlfriend, Tracy Paige Lyn Price , is pregnant. They keep the baby and get married. Vinnie Salvucci Paul Carafotes gets arrested for armed robbery. And Stef's previous scholarship offers are revoked, leading him to believe that he was blackballed by Nickerson. And though Lisa is bitter about athletes getting scholarships while other deserving students don't, she goes to Nickerson's wife and tries to intervene.And without revealing the ending, I will say that it has great messages of forgiveness and the selflessness inherent in pure love."All the Right Moves" mostly lives up to its title. All of the performances are top notch and both 80s small town high school life and the atmosphere of big time high school football are portrayed flawlessly. I also like that the school has a good mix of blacks and whites and that people of the two races have much positive interaction throughout the movie, both on and off the football team.In addition, the scenery brings Ampipe powerfully to life and the rock dominated soundtrack, while not one of the best of the genre, further cements the movie's early 80s feel. And don't be turned away if you're not a football fan. The movie actually contains only one game scene. While the surface theme, as I said, is football, many other surface themes could equally be used to teach the same lessons.The movie is a fairly heavy R, mostly for language and a couple of semi-graphic sex scenes, but if you can tolerate that, it's hard to find a better teen dominated drama than this.
I really liked this film, oddly, more now, than twenty five years ago. I saw that someone interpreted the goofing off in the dressing room, as "gay". If you are, or have been an varsity athlete, you'll know that teammates, will do things in front of each other, that they wouldn't do in front of anyone else. Even more so, if they have all grown up together, through elementary, little league etc. Remember the "pat on the ass" in days past, before some said; that looks gay. Don't get me wrong, I know there are, and have been gay football players, which I WAS <more>
SURPRISED to learn, but to describe the scene as "gay" I found distasteful. I suppose I like this film, because I've always, loved that part of this country, and what it meant; hard working families, cradle to grave employment, and the best quarterbacks EVER. My Great Grandmother was born and spent most of her life in Homestead, and the girls from there that I've had the pleasure meeting, have been sweethearts, cuties!
All the Right Moves- A Jock Movie that Works ***1/2 (by edwagreen)
Another part made for Tom Cruise, the young jock with aspirations for college to pursue a career in engineering. He needs to win the football scholarship to attain his dream. Otherwise, he will be locked into that Pennsylvania steel-mining town. While this is a familiar theme in films, it works well here thanks to the presence of Cruise and Lea Thompson, his young girlfriend who wants to pursue a career in music.Craig T. Nelson really steals the film in a part that he has relished playing-that high school coach!After losing a heartbreak, Cruise loses it and in one brief moment after drinking, <more>
he does something that can adversely affect his changes for college and his career.This is basically a story of people who want out of this hum-drum existence and aspire to better things. It is also a story of redemption and ultimate fulfillment of your life's dream. It is masterfully done.
All The Right Moves is basically just like Varisty Blues. The only difference is it's set in a steel town. All the players are trying to get into good schools and the coach is an a**hole. Tom Cruise is great in the lead role and the football scenes are great.
Touching small town drama (by Woodyanders)
Eager and ambitious high school football player Stefan Djordjevic an excellent Tom Cruise in an early lead role desperately wants to leave his dreary Pennsylvania home town, but needs a sports scholarship in order to get into college. Problems arise when Stefan locks horns with the hard-nosed Coach Nickerson superbly played to the steely hilt by Craig T. Nelson , who also aspires to getting out of the dying rustbelt community. Director Michael Chapman and screenwriter Michael Kane deliver a compelling and authentic slice of working class American life with an especially strong and <more>
naturalistic grasp of the everyday people with dreams and desires to make something out of their lives. Moreover, the bleak and hopeless blue collar atmosphere is quite nicely evoked by Jan de Bont's gritty cinematography and the grimy eastern Pennsylvania locations. Cruise brings a winning blend of courage and vulnerability to his role. Lea Thompson contributes a lovely and affecting performance as Stefan's sweet, selfless and supportive musician girlfriend Lisa their love scene in particular is very tender and touching . Plus there are sturdy supporting turns by Charles Cioffi as Stefan's proud father, Chris Penn as lovable lug Brian, Paul Carafotes as the hot-headed Vinnie Salvucci, Gary Graham as Stef's weary older brother Greg, and James A. Baffico as arrogant blowhard Bosko. Longtime favorite character actors Dick Miller and Terry O'Quinn appear briefly in nifty minor parts. A solid and moving little film.
Tender but rough story about high school football (by Vivacious_J)
I saw this flick a few months ago and would rate it as a 3/5. Although the whole "trials and tribulations of smalltown high school football" thing has been played out a little the last twenty years, I still think that this film can stand on its own because of some heartfelt and rather convincing performances from its actors, particularly, Lea Thompson and Craig T. Nelson. Craig has mastered the art of playing the role of a coach and yes it is typecast but he does it better than anyone else can so I give the man props. Surprisingly, I remember feeling worried and almost <more>
half-convinced that Stef might not receive a scholarship and that the movie would end on a sad depressing note reminiscent of the condition of the town it happens in. However, Cruise does get his scholarship so all is well in football land.Speaking of the football, this IS the reality of a small western PA town i am from Eastern ohio 10 mins from PA and have seen this ssame type of attitude and spirit that an entire town can pay a team that gives them some hope and makes them feel like everyone can win even if it is vicariously through others. But what I really wanted to note on was the chemistry, accuracy and tenderness that was created between Cruise and Thompson during their "love scene" when they both lose their virginity. I thought it was so well done and sincere compared to similar scenes I have scene. It ranks among the best to show the vulnerability mixed with desire that this kind of moment possesses. Good but not great movie.