Everybody's All-American (1988)



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Everybody's All American covers 25 years in the life of college football hero Gavin Grey (Dennis Quaid). When he marries campus sweetheart Babs Rogers (Jessica Lange) and is picked up by the pros, a happily-ever-after denouement is predicted by friends and family. It is clear from the outset, however, that Grey is going to have to do a lot of growing up over the next few decades. Babs does her best to keep in step with her husband's career and mood swings, and in so doing becomes the "parent" in the family. John Goodman also stars as Grey's best buddy, and Timothy Hutton is on hand for a romantic-triangle subplot. Everybody's All American is based on the novel by longtime Sports Illustrated scrivener Frank Deford. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
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Jessica Lange
as Babs Rogers
Patricia Clarkson
as Leslie Stone
Dennis Quaid
as Gavin Grey
John Goodman
as Edward Lawrence
Timothy Hutton
as Donnie "Cake" McCaslin
Wayne Knight
as Fraternity Pisser
Tom Rickman
as Terra-Turf Man
Frank Deford
as Cafe Owner
Carl Lumbly
as Narvel Blue
Ray Baker
as Bolling Kiely
Chuck Hicks
as Bigot
Savannah Smith Boucher
as Darlene Kiely
J. Kevin Brune
as Roommate
Joseph Meyer
as Pep Leader
Aaron Neville
as Man with Gun
Lyla Kay Owen
as Gray Ghost Inn Hostess
Ken Kells
as Football Player
Fred Lewis
as Football Player
Mitch Carter
as Redskins Color Man
A.J. Duhe
as Cleveland Linebacker
Mike Fisher
as Redskins Quarterback
Bob Neill
as Baseball Announcer
John Hazard
as Football Player
Barbara Harris
as Cheerleader #1
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Critic Reviews for Everybody's All-American

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (11)

As the one character who grows and doesn't just calcify, Lange brings wily zest to each step in Babs' coming-out party.

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TIME Magazine
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The characters are simply postulated, given whole, from the start; there`s no depth or development in the performances; and each scene exists only to make a single plot point.

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Chicago Tribune
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Apart from a performance of mesmerizing authority and conviction from Quaid in an arena usually littered with more cliches... Hackford's movie has the courage to start where most films about our national passion for sport leave off.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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Lange, handicapped by a much too broad choice of Southern accents, does not disappear as easily into her character. She seems to be playing someone beneath her.

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Chicago Tribune
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It's not exactly nourishing, but then again, its performances are so addictive that you may not even care.

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Los Angeles Times
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Sprawling across a quarter of a century, Everybody's All-American is an unkempt epic about the life and times of a Louisiana athlete.

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Orlando Sentinel
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Audience Reviews for Everybody's All-American

A louisiana football legend struggles to deal with lifes complexities after his college career is over. Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/08/2005 Starring: Dennis Quaid Timothy Hutton Run time: 127 minutes Rating: R Director: Taylor Hackford

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Leo L

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Great movie with an excellent cast and a sadly tragic ending.

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