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Against All Odds (Special Edition) (1984)

Rachel Ward , Jeff Bridges , Taylor Hackford  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Eric Hughes
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Bill Borden, Gene Rudolf, Jerry Bick, William S. Gilmore
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001W9FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,661 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Against All Odds (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two Music Video: Against All Odds, by Phil Collins, My Male Curiosity, by Kid Creole & the Coconuts
  • Seven Deleted Scenes (With Optional Director Commentary)
  • Trailers for The Last Picture Show, Arlington Road & Starman

Editorial Reviews

Dark passions explode in this steamy, sinister love story starring Rachel Ward and Jeff Bridges. Terry Brogan (Bridges), a cynical ex-football star, is hired to find Jessie Wyler (Ward), the runaway mistress of a ruthless L.A. nightclub owner, Jake Wise (James Woods). According to Jake, Jessie had stabbed him and vanished with $50,000. But Terry's mission is soon forgotten when he tracks down andfalls in love with the beautiful Jessie on a Mexican island. Trouble brews, however, when Jake dispatches his henchman, Hank Sully (Alex Karras), to bring the lovers back. Driven by passion for the mysterious young woman, Terry quickly finds himself trapped in a complex web of corruption, betrayal,and murder. Packed with riveting excitement and vivid sensuality, AGAINST ALL ODDS grabs you and never lets go.

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Hot to Handle November 7, 2006
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Expert opinion says that since the advent of color film, a good contemporary noir film is an L.A. noir film; that seems to be largely so, except then you've got "Body Heat," set in Florida. Be that as it may, "Against All Odds" is an LA noir film: it profits from the unique atmosphere of Los Angeles, the sinister corruption behind the sunny smile; the reality of arid desert behind the wastefully-watered green lawn. And most particularly, the parched, penned-up ill-respected Los Angeles River that features in Roman Polansky's mythic "Chinatown, and "in "The Narrows," one of Michael Connelly's recent books. The river also, of course, features in that well-known teenage film noir,"Grease," in which John Travolta and his all-singing, all-dancing fool friends stage their drag race in the river's concreted bed, graced by only the merest trickle of water. The Los Angeles River: Ignored until it rampages.

"Against All Odds" is a loose 1980's remake of Robert Mitchum's film noir, "Out of the Past." Jane Greer. femme fatale of the earlier film, plays mother to Rachel Ward, this film's femme fatale. Richard Widmark, important player in many earlier films noir, is on hand here too, in a small but critically important part. The plot is set in motion when Jake Wise,(James Woods), well-connected nightclub owner and man of many parts, sets his old friend, used-up former pro football player Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges), to find and return his runaway girlfriend Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward), hiding somewhere in Mexico.

For starters, Mexico, Bridges and Ward have never looked hotter, the Ward-Bridges sex scenes are too darn hot, and the seemingly mandatory confusing LA real estate corruption subplot doesn't stop the main story line cold too often.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenery of Mayan ruins and a good story December 27, 1999
Format:DVD
Director Taylor Hackford doesn't make a lot of mistakes. But he points out one in the deleted scenes area of this disc. When I saw it back in 1984, I didn't understand what the heck Jeff Bridges was doing flying around Mexico to throw James Woods off the train while Rachel Ward went to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza (an awesome but hellishly hot spot I visited in 1995). The deleted scene helps make this clear and really enhanced my enjoyment of the film.

Whether you like the movie or not, the chance to see the seaside ruins of Tulum and the astronomical temple of Chichen Itza is worth it. No one apparently had been allowed to film there before. And Jane Greer is great as the chilly mother of Ms. Ward and real estate heiress. In a role that demonstrates the calm and quiet banality of evil, Ms. Greer is also a link back to the film's inspiration - the great "Out of the Past," which she did with Robert Mitchum in 1947.

It's true the film comes apart a little i the end with some obvious twists you'll see coming. But it doesn't matter. The whole effort is beautifully shot and assembled with a young Swoosie Kurtz thrown in for some comic relief.

Blu-Ray update:
I was ready to pick up the blu-ray of this title, which came out in Spring 2011. However, it's only a single layer BD disc. The studios should come up with a new rule that if in 2011 and beyond they're going to take a cheap approach to transfers of great films and only place them on 25GB discs instead of the normal 50GB, then they should charge half the price of a normal blu-ray. I'll unfortunately need to pass on what would have otherwise been an automatic upgrade.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Bridges at his best September 11, 2003
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No actor has ever looked more sexy on film than Jeff Bridges does here. His chiseled physique, his tousled hair, and all his graceful movements and facial expressions kept me riveted to his presence throughout like I've never been with any other actor in any other film.
Despite some flaws, Against All Odds is a good film and visually beautiful. Jeff Bridges and James Woods put in great performances, as usual, and Rachel Ward's performance was really not bad for a model-turned-actress. Having Jeff and James to play against helped elevate her performance, I'm sure.
Jeff Bridges has always been one of my favorite actors. He was especially stellar in Fearless and The Fabulous Baker Boys, and though I've always considered him to be a handsome man, I never realized just how beautiful and sexy he was capable of being until I rented Against All Odds. It's worth seeing for that reason alone.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD transfer!!!!!! April 6, 2002
Format:DVD
I have always liked this film, but felt that it was poor quality on VHS, but now with DVD, it looks brand new, I hesitated, but bought it & it shines on DVD!!!!!, & is loaded with extras, the film stars Jeff Bridges as a down-on-his-luck football player who winds up being let go, like many, he is in over his head & needs money, James Woods is the answer to his problems so it seems, Woods hires his somewhat friend to find his girlfriend(Ward) who has fled to Mexico to escape his wrath, Bridges reluctantly agrees, & eventually finds her only to fall in love with her, the love scenes are steamy to say the least, but eventually she flees back to Woods after a mishap befalls her & Bridges, once back in L.A., Bridges is then hit with all kinds of mishaps involving blackmail that could destroy him & ultimately Woods, the movie then switches gears as Woods & Bridges try desperately to out do one another, it is clear that a love tri-angle is apparent in that Woods somehow senses Ward's desire for Bridges, this is the kind of movie that the viewer has to follow closely to understand what is going on, it is well-directed in that it keeps you guessing, with real-estate deals that may or may not be fraudelent, with Bridges, Woods, & Ward caught up in the mix, again, you really have to follow the story, with great sceneries in Mexico & L.A., this is truly a great film & probabaly one of Bridges & Woods best. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could forget I'd already seen it so I could enjoy it for the...
I absolutely ADORE this film! Sure, it's not perfect, but who says it has to be? The acting is good, for the most part and the locations are great. It ages really well. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Fabia
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
This not a movit review, I'm collecting old movies, obviously it's one that I like. Vendor shipped quickly.
Published 18 days ago by Nevada1995
5.0 out of 5 stars 5+ Stars, simply and greatly entertaining!
I always loved this movie. I still do, decades later, and can always come back to it and enjoy it again and again. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Nicolas Leobold
2.0 out of 5 stars nice title song
Jeff Bridges made this film worthwhile to see. He's a good actor, much better than Rachel Ward who seems mismatched as his seductive, romantic co-star. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Grean
4.0 out of 5 stars B- is the maximum I could give
Nothing to brag about, not even about the restricted audience. Los Angeles in all its shady business dealing with city planning and city development, no cinema industry, but a lot... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jacques COULARDEAU
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 2 months ago by Cindy S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Jeff Bridges fan
Saw it years ago and enjoyed it, so will be viewing it again.
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always a great view!
Published 2 months ago by Patsy Swindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product and service.
Published 2 months ago by Ralph Vines
1.0 out of 5 stars The movie is a great movie but isn't restored …and shows all blue
The movie is a great movie but isn't restored …and shows all blue, unevenly and is very distracting and makes viewing literally impossible! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anita L. Ortega
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