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Everybody's All American [VHS] (1988)

Jessica Lange , Dennis Quaid , Taylor Hackford  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, Carl Lumbly
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Frank Deford, Thomas Rickman
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Alan C. Blomquist, Ian Sander, Laura Ziskin, Stuart Benjamin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: April 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301290836
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When the cheering and MVP perks stop, what then? This ambitious adaptation of Frank Deford's novel about three tumultuous decades in the lives of a Washington Redskins football star and his two biggest fans attempts to answer this question. Dennis Quaid has his rangiest role to date as Gavin Grey, who goes, De Niro-like, from sinewy gridiron Adonis to embittered has-been with sizable beer gut. Jessica Lange brings her customary class and inner strength to Babs, the Louisiana State homecoming queen who marries college sweetheart Gavin and forfeits her identity; Timothy Hutton is Donnie, Gavin's cousin who secretly pines for the neglected Babs. But it's big guy John Goodman in one of his first screen roles who blasts through in this cross between The Way We Were and North Dallas Forty. Taylor Hackford, no slouch at epic melodramas (The Devil's Advocate), directed from a script by Tom Rickman (Oscar-nominated for Coal Miner's Daughter). Gavin's two-hours-later epiphany? "There's more to life than making touchdowns." --Glenn Lovell

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase for the often-underrated Dennis Quaid October 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This is an overlooked film from 1988, and perhaps the best performance in Quaid's career. Director Taylor Hackford has had an uneven career, but this stands as one of his best movies so far. Quaid is the a star college football player who marries the homecoming queen (Jessica Lange) and SLOWLY comes to realize that the fame and glory of his college days won't carry him in the real world of professional football and the years after. Lange gets top billing (contractually), but it is Quaid's movie. This should have been his Oscar-nominated performance.
Hackford (or careful editing) pulls back before certain moments fall into sappy sentimentality. But the period detail is meticulous and perfect, and certain pressings of this video come with the dialog-only (no music) trailer for 1989's "Batman", one of the unintentionally best movie trailers ever.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A LOVE STORY July 24, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie. I'm not a big football fan, but there was enough sports and enough romance to keep both me and my husband entertained throughout the movie.
It's a peek into into the turbulent and chaotic life of a diehard, aging football hero who never let's the team down, and his beautiful, naive, trophy wife.
Throughout the entire movie, you are routing for both the team and the marriage. When you think that love has lost, it's just begininng.
If anyone knows who sings the ending song, I think it's called, "It's Forever", please email me with the artist's name.
Thanks-
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous February 23, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I loved this movie but no one mentions Timothy Hutton in their reviews. I thought he nearly stole the show, and I loved every scene with him. Very entertaining with a mix of live action sports romance and great 50/60 tunes. Lange is gorgeous.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EVERYBODY'S ALL WORKED UP OVER TOUCHDOWNS AND FOREPLAY January 28, 2004
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
"Everybody's All American" is the story of Gavin Grey(Dennis Quaid)a guy who goes from stud-muffin to couch potato faster than you can say touchdown. In this endevor he's aided by Jessica Lange - the no-good-for-him love of his life. Taylor Hackford directs with slick style and lots of heart this story better suited for reruns of "General Hospital" than a big screen romance. Nevertheless, and happily so, the film works on all levels.
TRANSFER: Very respectable effort from Warner Brothers with rich, vibrant colors, deep blacks and some nicely balanced colors and contrast levels. On the down side, some scenes appear to have a slightly hazy look to them and there is considerable film grain in a few scenes and age related artifacts to contend with. Overall, however, an adequate remastering effort.
EXTRAS: The director gives us his personal insight into the making of this film which isn't really as insightful as one might imagine. There's also a trailer.
BOTTOM LINE: If you like schmaltz with your beer then this one has it all. If the only thing that excites you is touchdowns then Monday Night Football is a better fit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Drama February 4, 2009
Format:DVD
Directed by Taylor Hackford, this exceptional 1988 drama not only deals with the vicissitudes of a 25-year marriage, but also the fleeting aspects of fame.

Taking place from the mid-1950s into the 1980s, the film casts Dennis Quaid as the All-American football player, turned pro, and Jessica Lange as the Magnolia Queen who gave up her career to become a wife and mother.

The dynamics of the marriage shift as Quaid's gridiron glories diminish and Jessica, now the mother of four, is forced to become the family's principal financial support. Yet, through all their problems, the couple's love for each other endures.

Timothy Hutton is Quaid's nephew, who secretly loves his uncle's wife, John Goodman plays Dennis' best friend whose addiction to gambling almost causes the family's ruin and Carl Lumbly is an African-American friend of Quaid, the movie's symbol of the country's changing attitude toward civil rights during the 1960s. Patricia Clarkson is also in the perfectly chosen cast.

This is a film that you will not soon forget.

© Michael B. Druxman
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Trying to get things right July 27, 2005
By Bomojaz
Format:DVD
Dennis Quaid plays a college football hero stuck in that role and incapable of doing anything else. Jessica Lange is the college queen who marries him, has lots of babies, and gets neglected by Quaid. Quaid goes on to the pros, passing by business opportunities along the way, and stays on too long (it's all he knows). When they are about to go bankrupt, Lange takes charge, getting a job and holding them together. More important, she grows as a person, taking on responsibilities and doing things she never thought she could do. Meanwhile, Quaid continues to live in the past. Then the best 20 minutes of the movie occurs: Quaid and Lange confront their dilemma and work it out. Whether their (and the movie's) solution is believable is questionable, but the acting here is very sharp.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for romantic lovers of nostalga January 12, 2004
Format:DVD
This movie's message is, simply put, don't go living in the past or the present may very well run over you like a very large lineman. Initially, it would appear that the movie glamourizes those bright college days, full of football heroism & social ascendancy on campus, but it becomes apparent soon enough that the film's main characters are real losers in the larger game of life. Jessica Lange in particular plays a southern belle who, as her life progresses, realizes that life really isn't a Homecoming dance, and that the culture that once put her on a pedastel has, in the long run, really screwed her over by limiting her options. Ahh, the life of the trophy wife. Meanwhile, Dennis Quaid (whose smart-alecky persona normally drives me crazy) comes across as a total loser in the bigger picture, as he remains mired in the increasingly long-ago glory days of his youth, unable to cope with his present-day, beer-gut-ridden life of mediocrity. Ahh, the life of a has-been athlete.
Meanwhile, the characters that remained on the fringes in the good old days focused on what they might do in the future rather than dwelling in the past, and had much more meaningful lives as a result. This is all very gratifying for people who weren't high school football heroes or prom queens. While not a great film, this is a pretty good film, and a worthy antidote for excessive exposure to rampant nostalgia.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 2 days ago by Joshua Ludwig
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie! Dennis Quaid is mah man!
Published 3 days ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie. My wife is an extra in the movie.
Published 22 days ago by Paul Angelino
5.0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic "Football Love Story"
A great story line and cast, it revolves around the rise and fall of a Football Player's long standing career, yet the love affair is at the heart of the story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kristin K. Arndt
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of My Favorite Movies
If you are a fan of college football and especially the SEC, you need to own this movie. Lots of stars and beautiful scenery. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. T. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Story
This story depicts a true account of the changes which occurred throughout 3 decades in a southern flair. Great movie!
Published 6 months ago by Barbara Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Love Story with Some History
Jessica Lange and Dennis Quad sizzle in this love story that spans 25 years. If you live in the South, you will love the southern charm.
Published 6 months ago by bchlubber
3.0 out of 5 stars Good not great!
There was some fair acting displayed in this film but over all not a real page turner. Just a dumb washed up jock with a devoted sobriety beauty queen wife ago stayed with the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Debbie Pace
4.0 out of 5 stars the story remains relevant in today's society
Athletes who are incredibly successful on the field reap the rewards from their success, but may pay a heavy price in doing so.
Published 11 months ago by Edward D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Story
Solid football movie with a good look at life in the 1950's. Bogs down a bit toward the end, but very good performances by Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange, and Timothy Hutton... Read more
Published 14 months ago by sportsbookguy
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