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All the Right Moves / Great Expectations


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  • Actors: Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Hank Azaria
  • Directors: Alfonso Cuarón, Michael Chapman
  • Writers: Charles Dickens, Michael Kane, Mitch Glazer, Pat Jordan
  • Producers: Art Linson, Deborah Lee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 202 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGIVE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,595 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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All The Right Moves (1983) The only way football star Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) will avoid a life in the blast furnaces of his bleak Pennsylvania hometown is by winning a college scholarship. Even his coach (Craig T. Nelson) dreams of parlaying a win

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All the Right Moves: Most films about high school football players usually fall into one of two categories: glossy jock romance or locker-room sex farce. This one defies the odds and scores both as decent character study and decidedly unsentimental sports melodrama. It's not only a helluva coming-of-age yarn, but also, like Paul Newman's Slapshot, it's a bracing look at the hopes and dreams of blue-collar survivors. Tom Cruise plays a mill-town football star determined to escape the same traps that ensnared his parents. Craig T. Nelson, in a terrific villain role, is the coach who takes revenge when Cruise's ambitions drift a little too close to home. Michael Chapman, Martin Scorsese's favorite cinematographer, made his directorial debut with this gritty little winner, which benefits from being shot on location in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and which is set to a great Jennifer Warnes-Chris Thompson theme song. Lea Thompson and Christopher Penn co-star. In 1983, another Cruise vehicle had even better moves: Risky Business. --Glenn Lovell

Great Expectations: The key ingredient in this modern-day version of Charles Dickens's classic is director Alfonso Cuarón, who made the glowing, estimable A Little Princess. If you saw that (and you should), understand that Expectations has those ingredients (great sense of time, place, and timing) but adds modern music and sex appeal; the latter personified by the long-legged Gwyneth Paltrow.

Finnegan Bell (Ethan Hawke as an adult, Jeremy James Kissner at age 10) is the new version of Dickens's Pip. He's a child wise beyond his years, befriending an escaped convict (Robert De Niro) in the warm waters of Florida's Gulf Coast. Finn is also the plaything for Estella (Paltrow as an adult, Raquel Beaudene at age 10), the niece of the coast's richest and most eccentric lady, Ms. Dinsmoor (a fun and flamboyant Anne Bancroft). The prudish Estella likes Finn (catch the best first kiss scene in many a moon) but has been brought up to disdain men; she'll break hearts. As the object of Finn's desires, Estella unfortunately is a one-dimensional character, yet what a dimension! Clad in Donna Karan dresses and her long, sun-kissed hair, Paltrow is luminous. She and Hawke make a very sexy couple.

Mitch Glazer's script does better by Finn. He's a blue-collar worker with a gift for drawing (artwork by Francesco Clemente). Following his Uncle Joe's (Chris Cooper) honest ways, Finn grows up as a fisherman, thoughts of Estella and art drifting away in the hard work. When a mysterious benefactor allows him to follow his dream, Finn finds himself in New York, preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime art exhibit--and in the arms of the engaged Estella.

Filled with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki's golden-drenched light, the film has an irresistible, wildly romantic look. Dinsmoor's place is certainly gothic, Estella and Finn's longing encounters glamorous. Cuarón uses an MTV-friendly soundtrack with a confident touch. Songs by Tori Amos and the band Pulp--along with Patrick Doyle's silky score--create passionate scenes. It all ends far too swiftly with a seemingly tacked-on ending (reflecting the book, as it happens) but the film is splendid storytelling. It's a stylish, sweet valentine. --Doug Thomas

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By crazysunseteacher on January 27, 2010
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I enjoyed both of these movies a lot.

All the Right Moves -- classic Tom Cruise film about High School Football w/ Leia Thompson and Coach (TV Show I don't remember his real name).

Great Expectations -- classic Charles Dickens novel turned into an R rated movie. I really enjoyed this movie, however I wish they had not used so much nasty language almost every other word out of Robert DeNiro's mouth was the "f-word" or "sh**". It would have been an AMAZING movie if they had left it out.

I really enjoyed both movies. But who thought up this pairing? They have nothing to do with one another. But excellent pricing for two good movies! (at least used were).
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By Kawika on May 4, 2011
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I was looking to buy both of these movies separately and same across the combo. Both are wonderful stories.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By gejome on March 11, 2010
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Great expectations as presented is entertaining but does not fulfill the potential of the first, (original film) and as such is not worth purchase and viewing. Buy the orig inal if you can get it ? "All the right moves, perhaps T. Cruise' all time bottom. Save you money, nothing viewed, nothing missed !
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