Against All Odds (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Against All Odds (1984)




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Movie Info

Once past the pulse-pounding car-chase opening sequence of Against All Odds, sharp-eyed viewers will be able to figure out that this 1984 suspenser is a remake of the 1947 noir classic Out of the Past. Forced off the field due to a shoulder injury, football player Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges) takes a job with crooked nightclub owner Jake Wise (James Woods). Brogan isn't fond of his new boss, but he isn't much better himself, having previously shaved points during a game at Wise's behest. When Wise's girlfriend Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward) skips town with a great deal of money, Brogan is sent to fetch her back. Once in Mexico, Brogan and Wyler fall in love, weakening his resolve to go through with his job. When Brogan fails to carry out his orders, another of Wise's hired hands (Alex Karras) is sent out to retrieve both Brogan and Wyler. During a struggle, the thug is killed by Wyler, who for the first time in the film demonstrates that she isn't the victim of circumstance she pretends to be. Upon his return to the U.S. -- minus Wyler, who's taken another run-out powder -- Brogan becomes enmeshed in a shady Chinatown-like business deal involving Wise and a real-estate fat cat (Richard Widmark) -- who happens to be married to Wyler's mother. Like Past , Against All Odds is based on the Daniel Mainwaring novel Build My Gallows High, and Jane Greer, who played the Rachel Ward character in the earlier film, is here cast as Ward's mother. Phil Collins wrote and sang the Oscar-winning theme song.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Mainwaring, Eric J. Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 1999
Columbia Pictures


Jeff Bridges
as Terry Brogan
Rachel Ward
as Jessie Wyler
James Woods
as Jake Wise
Alex Karras
as Hank Sully
Jane Greer
as Mrs. Wyler
Richard Widmark
as Ben Caxton
Saul Rubinek
as Steve Kirsch
Pat Corley
as Ed Phillips
Bill McKinney
as Head Coach
Allen Williams
as Bob Soames
Sam Scarber
as Assistant Coach
Carl Ciarfalio
as Sully Stunt Double
Jon St. Elwood
as Ahmad Cooper
Tamara Stafford
as Kirsch's Girl Friend
Bud Davis
as Stunts
Paul Valentine
as Councilman Weinberg
Tom Kelly
as Football Announcer
Carey Loftin
as Ferrari Stunt Driver
Ted White
as Guard with Dog
Stone Bower
as Security Guard
Mel Scott-Thomas
as Quarterback
Dick Ziker
as Stunts
Barnetta McCarthy
as Receptionist
Ginger LaBrie
as Receptionist
Tommy Kelly
as Football Announcer
August Darnell
as Kid Creole
Taryn Hagey
as Coconut
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News & Interviews for Against All Odds

Critic Reviews for Against All Odds

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A decent film noir, mostly because of Woods and Bridges.

August 18, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Taylor Hackford's impressively mounted film noir is well acted by the central triangle: Jeff Bridges, James Woods, and the sexy Rachel Ward.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005

A gripping work of film noir.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Against All Odds

Despite the lovely locations, a nice car chase sequence, cool soundtrack, and even a top-class cast, this movie is somehow missing something. I think the storyline could have been improved.


Super Reviewer

Good thriller and love affair story. Aussie Rachel Ward seems bloody hot and sexy in her naked scene.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


Pales in comparison to the original, Out of the Past, but it's not awful in its own right. Worth a look.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

Against All Odds Quotes

Jessie Wyler: He said the only way I'd away from him would be to kill him.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Jessie Wyler: I think about you.
Terry Brogan: I think about you too lady. Let's leave it at that.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Terry Brogan: So what is it you don't like exactly, football players, tacos or beer?
Jessie Wyler: I like tacos and beer.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Jake Wise: What the hell made you think you could handle Jessie? I bet you used to bring her home flowers.
Terry Brogan: No, you don't have to do that when you're living in a jungle. You just take her outside and show her what tree you're gonna do it under tonight. Hell, we had lots of trees.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)

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