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Everybody's All American [VHS]

4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, Carl Lumbly
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6301290836
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

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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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By John S Harris VINE VOICE on October 29, 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on February 23, 2000
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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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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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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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One of the best Football life stories I have seen in some time. Sizzles, sexy, romance, and sparkles with humor. Dennis Quaid is so real. He is one of my Favs. Timothy Hutton is very believable as Quaids brother. Lange is so sweet with her accent. I can watch this one over and over again. LOVE IT!!!
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"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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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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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. I first saw this film in 1988 when it first hit theatres, and as someone who has loved a Football Player and seen/felt the trials and awards that go along with in the life of a player and his loved ones, it has been particularly compelling and heartfelt to view this movie over and over through out the years. That's why I added it to my collection. Fine performances too!
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