Against All Odds (1984)

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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.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Studio:
Columbia Pictures

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Cast

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
Billy Burton
as Stunts
Sam Scarber
as Assistant Coach
Jon St. Elwood
as Ahmad Cooper
Carl Ciarfalio
as Sully Stunt Double
Tamara Stafford
as Kirsch's Girl Friend
Bud Davis
as Stunts
Jonathan Terry
as Ryskind
Paul Valentine
as Councilman Weinberg
Tom Kelly
as Football Announcer
Ted White
as Guard with Dog
Carey Loftin
as Ferrari Stunt Driver
Stone Bower
as Security Guard
Dennis Scott
as Stunts
Mel Scott-Thomas
as Quarterback
Barnetta McCarthy
as Receptionist
Dick Ziker
as Stunts
Ginger LaBrie
as Receptionist
Tommy Kelly
as Football Announcer
August Darnell
as Kid Creole
Adriana Kaegi
as Coconut
Cheryl Poirier
as Coconut
Taryn Hagey
as Coconut
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Critic Reviews for Against All Odds

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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 6, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

A gripping work of film noir.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Against All Odds

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Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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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.

A B
A B

Super Reviewer

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

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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