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All the Right Moves (1983)




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High school athlete Tom Cruise would do anything to escape the dull provincialism of his home town. Cruise's bullying coach Craig T. Nelson cajoles Cruise into seeking an athletic scholarship to a major university. Inevitably, the boy begins to question his goals in life, and soon his soul is the object of a tug of war between Nelson and Cruise's girlfriend Lea Thompson. The first directorial effort for cinematographer Michael Chapman, All the Right Moves was photographed by Jan DeBont, who'd later direct such box-office bonanzas as Speed and Twister.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Kane, Michael Kane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Tom Cruise
as Stefen Djordjevic
Craig T. Nelson
as Nickerson
Walter Briggs
as Rifleman
as Shadow
Mel Winkler
as Jess Covington
Kyle-Scott Jackson
as Sherman Williams
Terry O'Quinn
as Freeman Smith
Victor Arnold
as Henry the Bartender
Dick Miller
as Teacher in Auditoriu...
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Critic Reviews for All the Right Moves

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

his naive little movie hopes to prove itself the Flashdance of football.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Passable teen/sports movie.

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

The movie gets into the dynamics of the high-school student body and into the tender, complicated relationship between the Cruise character and his girlfriend (Lea Thompson).

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

For all its air of realism and grit, the film has a fairy-tale quality.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Cliched and clunky. Not really a great showcase for Cruise or Chris Penn.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for All the Right Moves


Not quite powerful, but solid for a film made in the (generally) vapid 1980s.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


Bit of a classic Cruise machine this, backed up by a sterling cast including Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson and Chris Penn. Its a solid gruff story about a blue collar town that is kept alive by the local steel mill and how all the local kids wanna escape the town and reach for the stars, grimy and emotional? check!

I've always found the US school system quite amusing actually and this film really bugs me to tell the truth haha. I'm not sure if its really like this or if it was but football seems to be SO important in US schools, it runs peoples lives and they take it so so seriously that it can make or break their future. This is the plot within this film, football is Cruises live and because he insults the team coach he gets chucked off the team and practically loses his life plans in the process.

What is also so odd about it (if its like this I don't know) is the fact the school coach seems to decide wether you can go to a better school or not no matter what grades you have, even though you are going for a football scholarship surely your grades count? bizarre!. So whilst watching I can only feel total confusion and frustration at the US school system hehe I just wanna say to Cruises character, forget football and just do what you wanna do, you have the grades.

Besides this its a good film and well acted, Cruise goes over the top as per usual but he clearly shows talent when compared to other guys of his own age. Thompson is beautiful and such a dream as always whilst Nelson is quite unnerving as the hardass coach, he fits those kind of roles so well.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Great sports movie/love story!!! Tom Cruise is also so cute in this movie and Lea Thompson is adorable. Also it has a good story too about never giving up. I love it! :) I could watch it over and over. :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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