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 players dreams.
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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 ofTom Cruise; neighborhood kid trying to get ahead- no guidance from hisfather; 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 andgossip. When he was younger, Tom Cruise deserved credit as an actor. Imyself would like to write purely about film, but it is sad that, inthe U.S. the rumor mills spread gossip and hatred to all areas; sufficeit to say, this film has a good story, and Cruise was not as famous atthe time, so it is well worth watching. 10/10.
This story shows a side of this country that middle class,private schooled guys do not see. There were alot of stories here, the one that does not get well drawn out is the tough relationship between Coach and Stefan Djorgevic? (Tom Cruise). To me the coach really respected the guy and saw the inner potential that Stefan had and did not let him get away with it. But the type of guys these people were may not have allowed for it. The men here were not the type to contemplate their feelings.My favorite character was the one played by Lea Thompson. Seems like a great girl who too was caught in a tough sitaution.
The title says exactlly what it means. This is Tom Cruise's 3rd movie andweall know that he has many best, and this is defintly his first best.Ittellsthe story of a football playing high school student who wants to be anenginer, and is in a way "using" footbal to get a into a good school"using"his football schorship. i must say even if the story sounds boring, it is aclassic story of hanging on to what you want. And in the clear spirt ofmovies like "Footloose" and "Sixteen Candles," All the Right Moves is aclassic 80's film with an orignal plot, but still has that one thing thatis excatly the same in every 80's movies about teens. Whcih is pretty muchevery 80's movie.
Chiefly notable today for the fact that a very young Tom Cruise and LeaThompson play tonsil hockey in the buff, All the Right moves is astrictly by-the-numbers school football drama that benefits fromauthentic Pennsylvanian locations and some decent performances from thetwo leads.Cruise plays Stefan Djordjevic, hot-shot school football player, who istrying to earn himself a shot at becoming a technical engineer on theback of a football scholarship. Djordjevic is 5' 10" so I supposeCruise, at 5' 7", is technically miscast but he puts in a credibleperformance and gives early notice of his superstar potential in a rolethat requires a certain degree of sensitivity. Lea Thompson is hisgirlfriend Lisa, a bright and talented musician who knows that, bypushing Stefan to achieve his goals, she runs a very great risk oflosing him forever. The one thing that stands in Djordjevic's way ishis pushy coach (Craig T. Nelson) with whom he enjoys an antagonisticrelationship.The grim steel mill town in which the film is set is a place from whicheveryone is trying to escape. With its smoking chimneys and fieryfurnaces it's depicted as a kind of hell on earth, an image compoundedby its population of beer-swilling, pool-playing locals whose lives areso empty that the loss of a crucial school football game results in adead chicken hanging from the coach's porch and the walls of his houseand car scrawled with graffiti. Everyone wants to escape, but few do Âmostly because of their own stupidity, it has to be said. Stafan's bestfriend, Brian (a slim-line Chris Penn) blows his chance by impregnatinghis cheerleader girlfriend, while team-mate Salvucci dabbles in a spotof armed robbery with predictable consequences. These are onlyincidental situations, given no real dramatic consequence by writerMichael Kane, and thus missing a chance to develop a more completepicture of the lives of quiet desperation led by the residents ofAmpipe. By focusing so closely on Stefan, the film leaves us in nodoubt that he will emerge successful, and this weakens the filmconsiderably by removing any element of suspense or anxiety. The endingis particularly weak and unconvincing. Key characters undergo an abruptreversal of opinions held throughout the film's running time simply sothat the pre-determined happy ending can be reached.Worth only watching for decent performances from a talented - and inmany cases under-rated - cast, and a chance to see a weak-chinnedCruise before he became a mega-star.
While this may not be a top 250 movie it definetely deserves more creditthan it gets. When being compared to other movies related to the samesubject,(ie. the program, Varsity blues) the real life stance this picturetakes should not be overlooked. Other football movies have never shown thedifficulties that athletes can go through with their own coaches throughoutthe recruiting process for college. This movie shows some of the actualthemes that many highschool athletes have to deal even to thisday.
ALL THE RIGHT MOVES will hold your interest for a while. But the movie paints itself into a corner - it winds up hinging on whether or not the high school football coach will forgive his star player for vandalizing his home. Hardly riveting drama. The blue-collar town mood of ALL THE RIGHT MOVES seems realistic. Actress Lea Thompson plays the most All-American young woman I have ever seen on the silver screen. And the film does not exaggerate the kooky love-hate relationship sports fans have with their teams, if you recall what happened to pro athletes Bill Buckner and Mitch Williams after they blew big games. See ALL THE RIGHT MOVES on television, where it's good value.
Please remember that a film doesn't have to be perfect, or even close,to be worthwhile. If it contains some interesting and memorableelements, than it has lasting value. Having said that, let me addressthis one, and refute some of the accusations of "clichÃ©." Let's startwith the setting. The opening sequence around town, and the footballpractice scenes, portray a combination of gritty urban reality andunrefined sylvan ambiance, with remarkable effectiveness.Interestingly, I don't necessarily think that living in a small, woodsytown, having close family and friends, and working with your hands, issuch a terrible fate. If your mill closes down, there are other townswithin commutable distance, to work in. What if this movie was set inthe Spring? Maybe that part of the country is lovely in Spring. So weare shown the region with a slanted spin, as it is set in the Fall. Ilived in a depressed logging town at about the time of this movie, butthe difference is that it was totally isolated. Conversely, Ampipe, thetown in this movie, is not far from Pittsburgh and its' suburbs.Nevertheless, I get the basic depressed vibe, and I'm sure it existed.Tom Cruise brought heart to this role. There's a scene where he is nolonger the cocky jock, but rather simply a boy, in need of a mother,and seeking refuge in the reassuring arms of his father. What auniquely gentle moment for a film about a high school football player.There was nothing clichÃ© about it, and Cruise pulled it off with savvy.For the record, no one is "stuck" in any town in America. What aboutJunior College, what about just moving to a bigger town? So of course Idon't buy the clichÃ©d "stuck in this town without a way out" themeentirely. The gentility of the young couple's sex scene, where theylose their virginity is not clichÃ©d. It is tasteful, sensitive, andtotally believable. Tom Cruise's character looks a bit scared, in awe,and very conscious of the significance of the moment. Again,beautifully played. Lea Thompson is lovely in this film, and does amasterful job of portraying a teen in love. She sees that her boyfriendis self-centered, but she has the sixth sense of a small towngirlfriend, that helps her see his the finer aspects of his character.We used to rely on real "girls" to provide balance in society, andbring out the best in a man. The music is simply great. "All The RightMoves," and "Blue Skies Forever," are 80s gems, and convey the optimismof a unique cultural time period. There are two apology scenes by men,that are done nicely, and with simple conviction. It's fresh to see mensay they are sorry, and to really mean it. Cruise's best scene involvesconfronting his stubborn football coach in an alley and intermittentlysprinting away, while throwing his hands up in confounded ire.Beautifully executed. He has talent, and perhaps should have pursuedmore gritty underdog roles than he has. What I loved best, was theportrayal of the mixture of hope, potential, vitality, sexuality, andangst that color one's last two years of high school. To be anupperclassman, athletic, in love, invincible, and free.
This review is from: All the Right Moves (DVD) This is one of Tom Cruise's early movies and while a bit cheesy, it was an entertaining enough production. Lea Thompson made her film debut, while Craig T. Nelson was outstanding in his potrayal of the head football coach. For those who grew up in the 80s, this is a definite cult classic and well worth the viewing.
This movie was also a little slow. What was interesting is the fact that a coach would try and blackball a player from going to college.
This movie came out around the time the Billy Joel Song Allentown wasreleased. After viewing the movie for the first time, the words from thatsong seemed to describe the situation perfectly for the working class inthis movie.Cruises Character is an intelligent,driven yet stubborn teenager who clasheswith his High School Football Coach. He is a star High School footballplayer whose best hope for attending college is an athletic scholarship.What I liked about this movie was you saw life through the eyes of a 17 yearold living in a very real adult world. One that isn't always fair and cruel.It paints an accurate picture that the choices one makes at 17 can effectyour entire life. Chris Penn's character is an example of this as well.Early appearances by Lea Thompson, and a strong performance given by CraigT. Nelson anchor this film as well. Very good soundtrack boosts this filmas well. 7/10.
Stefan(Cruise) Wants To Get Out Of The Small Town Of Ampipe, Pennsylvania. Stef Is Using Football As His Ticket To Becoming An Engineer Which Is Is His Dream. Stef's Hard Nosed Coach, Coach Nickerson(Nelson) Then Kicks Stef Off The Team For Being Involved In The Trashing Of His House. Then Coach Nickerson Goes And Tells All The Other College Coaches That Are Interested In Stef That He Has An Attitude Problem And No One Wants To Take Him Anymore. Without Football Stef Turns To His Hott Girlfriend Lisa Litski(Thompson) For Comfort. What Will Happen Next? - 9/10
This review is from: All the Right Moves (DVD) My husband collects sports movies. This is going to be a Christmas gift for him. I know he'll enjoy it.
Another part made for Tom Cruise, the young jock with aspirations forcollege to pursue a career in engineering. He needs to win the footballscholarship to attain his dream. Otherwise, he will be locked into thatPennsylvania steel-mining town. While this is a familiar theme infilms, it works well here thanks to the presence of Cruise and LeaThompson, his young girlfriend who wants to pursue a career in music.Craig T. Nelson really steals the film in a part that he has relishedplaying-that high school coach!After losing a heartbreak, Cruise loses it and in one brief momentafter drinking, he does something that can adversely affect his changesfor college and his career.This is basically a story of people who want out of this hum-drumexistence and aspire to better things. It is also a story of redemptionand ultimate fulfillment of your life's dream. It is masterfully done.
Being a native of Johnstown I hve more than one reason to like this film (I don't cosider it partality since I dont like ths Slapshot movie which was also filmed here) its a great coming of age film and a tale of a blue collar character struggling to make his big break something anybody living in Johnstown can understand. Lea Thompson naked also doesn't hurt the film either and Tom Cruise shows a bit of the talent that got him where he is today. One thing though if you Stef had it tough back then trust me it's worse now, but enough of ditching the town. i recomend this movie to any football, coming of age, tom cruise, or just plain good movie fan. it made all the right moves.
This movie is about Stef Djordjevic, a standout football player for his high school team, who lives in a small industrial steel-producing town in Pennsylvania. Stef has ambitions to leave the town by obtaining a football scholarship at a university, hence, achieving a better life. The steel mill, which seems to employ the entire population of the town, is also laying workers off. This is a very coming-of-age movie and focuses alot on teenagers and issues that they have to deal with as well as on people, who are "stuck" living in small towns or poor areas with limited future prospects. The title "All the Right Moves" translates really to making the right choices in this state of one's life. Stef, played by Tom Cruise, has to perform well in football games, impress scouts from universities, and deal with his loving girlfriend Lisa. Other minor characters in the movie are teammate Brian, who unintentionally impregnates his girlfriend which destroys his plan to attent USC on a football scholarship, and Vinny Salvucci, who gets involved in crime and winds up behind bars. The plot peaks in the movie when Stef gets into a conflict with his coach, who, as a result, uses his influance to discourage other colleges from offering Stef any scholarships. Can Stef still make it out of the dying mill town via a scholarship or will he be stuck in a factory for the rest of his life?The only thing I didn't like was the supposed dilemma presented by Lisa that she is stuck in the town because her parents have no money and no school offers scholarship in her desired specialty. I believe that is nonsense. Almost any person who wants to attain a higher education, can do so. There are many options such as working part-time, student loans, scholarships, financial aid, military, and others. I find it hard to believe that someone is hopelessly stuck somewhere.
Tom Cruise's first leading role. He does very well considering the facthe's only 21. Chris Penn also delivers well. Others are so-so. Craig T."The Coach" Nelson really couldn't avoid getting type-casted as thecoach type after this. He plays the role so convincingly with his sternand authoritative appearance.Apart from the setting in the grey steel worker town in the middle ofnowhere, this movie has no strong story or issue. Its a standard 80'sfare. Stefen is worried about his future in a sport that is dominatedby big and often black men, while he himself is short and white. Hisbrother loses his job and his teammate and best friend (Penn) makes agirl pregnant and has to give up his promising career. Meanwhile, youngStef goes face to face with the coach after an upsetting loss and isthrown out of the team. Upset and hurt, he does something stupid toretaliate and things get even worse between him and the coach. Not onlythat, but he worsens the relationship with his all so supportivegirlfriend.Save for the corny title song, the stupid locker room scene at thebeginning and Cruise's grinning, this is a quite enjoyable film forthose who like such teenage situation dramas. "Action dramas" as I'dcall them. And things work out well in the end, as they always do. Thisis perhaps the first movie where Cruise showed potential as actor. Hisother movie of the same year was a total bomb, made only for money.This looks like something, but sometimes is hard to take seriouslybecause of its teenage bubblegum nature. Still it could have been a lotworse.
There was nothing really wrong with this film, but it just won't be something that I'll remember a couple weeks/months from now. The story of a football boy trying to break the mold to actually get an education was different from the modern teen-flicks today where only the football and cheerleading is important was a nice change, yet it still wasn't something that struck me as a fantastic concept. It was interesting watching the cycle of being trapped in a small town only of hearing about it since I've always lived in metropolis areas. One of Tom Cruise's films, but definitely not one of his career defining positions. Not bad, but just not particularly interesting.
There was nothing particularly wrong with this movie, but the problem is,there is nothing especially good about it, either. It moves along at agoodpace, it does a good job of focusing on a few flawed, but reasonablylikablecharacters, and the story has a feel-good ending. Unfortunately, I wasnever really able to get into this movie. One of the bigger problems istheentirely predictable ending, and so I spent much of the film just waitingfor the inevitable reconciliations and the bright futures for all of themain characters. So like I said, it isn't a bad film, but that doesn'tmeanthat it's good.
All The Right Moves is a film about a headstrong high school footballstar of Ampipe High,Stefen Djordjevic,who dreams of getting out of hissmall Western Pennsylvania steel town with a college footballscholarship. It also results with a head-on collision with hisambitious coach,Coach Nikerson,who also aspires for a college position,resulting in a conflict between them.Definitely,it was one of thebetter blue collar films made in the 1980's. Djordjevic,played by Tom Cruise in his first dramatic starring film,isa high school defensive back seeking a college football scholarship tofree himself from the economic hardship that small Pennsylvania town ofAmpipe,a town struggling through the downturn of the recession of the1980's.While Ampipe High appears headed to win the game,a fumbled playin the closing seconds leads to a Walnut Heights victory.After thegame, Coach Nickerson,played by Craig T. Nelson, lambastes the fumblerin the locker room, telling him to quit the team. When Stefen retortsthat the coach himself quit, the coach kicks him off the team.After the game,some angry Ampipe fans vandalize Coach Nickerson'sresidence. Stefen is present and is a reluctant participant, but isnonetheless seen by Nickerson as the vandals flee. From there,Stefendeals with personal battles,including dealing with the coach who banshim among colleges because of his attitude and his relationship withhis girlfriend,Lisa,played excellently by LeaThompson.Stefen,frustrated by his current situation,confronts hisformer coach and his girlfriend whom he has set aside as hisaspirations of getting out of Ampipe has become a big part of his life.At the end of the movie, Nickerson,with the help of Lisa,realizes hewas wrong and offers Stefen a college scholarship for playing footballat CalPoly where he works on a college position,which he accepts.The movie was simple and ordinary.The story was predictable.What standsout is the acting of Cruise,Thompson and Nelson.The direction ofMichael Chapman was also commendable. Also,the movie has great originalsongs namely: "All The Right Moves";"The Last Stand";"This Could OurLast Chance"; and "Blue Skies Forever".Overall,the film was good butnot great.Highly recommended for people who loves Tom Cruise and TheNever ending Story star,Lea Thompson as well as people who wants toreminisce their great memories of High School.
along with other people that have seen this movie the story is all right nothing speacial about it . however i thought tom cruise delivers and same with craig t. nelson as the head coach . the movie shows great depth of what small town football is all about and how serious it is in the states . If u havnt seen this movie and u like football go and watch this film