All the Right Moves (1983)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, Sport

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An ambitious young football star is trapped in a dying mill town--unless his gridiron skills can win him a way out.




  • Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson at an event for All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Tom Cruise and Craig T. Nelson in All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Tom Cruise and Lea Thompson in All the Right Moves (1983)
  • Tom Cruise in All the Right Moves (1983)

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20 August 2015 | SnoopyStyle
| teenage desperation
Stef Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) lives in poor Pennsylvanian town Ampipe, a company town for American Pipe & Steel. He is the high school football star defensive back. He has his girlfriend Lisa Lietzke (Lea Thompson) and dreams of a college engineering scholarship. After a lost, Stef fights with Coach Nickerson (Craig T. Nelson) and is kicked off the team. Nickerson's home is vandalized and the coach blames Stef. Stef finds himself blacklisted from colleges. His friend Brian (Chris Penn) is forced to marry his pregnant girlfriend. The mill lays off his brother and he's desperate to escape the town.

It's a very traditional small town kid struggles. Tom Cruise makes it better than its simple premise. He's full of himself and full of angst. It's also interesting that Craig T. Nelson isn't a simple character. Lea Thompson probably plays the most endearing and compelling character. Her talk with Mrs. Nickerson is fascinating. The teenage desperation is palpable although some of it is bad cliché. It reminds me a little of 'Friday Night Lights' but nowhere near as good.

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$5,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,625,486 23 October 1983

Gross USA:


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