Everybodys All American

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Product Overview

A louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.


Studio Warner
SKU 40232469
UPC 085392888221
UPC 14 00085392888221
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Gavin "the Gray Ghost" Gray (Dennis Quaid), is a Louisiana football legend. There's never been a better, faster ball player, and everyone knows the hero is headed for pro football. To no one's surprise, Gavin marries his sweetheart, beauty queen Babs, who is at college majoring in "Gavin and me." He's a first-draft pick in the pros, as expected, and the two begin their family. Their seemingly ideal marriage begins to come apart, though, when Gavin is drawn away from his initial acceptance of his limited time on the gridiron and can't deal with the loss of the glory he had in his youth. From being an accessory to Gavin's life in the spotlight, Babs is now forced to find the strength to keep the family above water. Their journey is witnessed throughout the years by Gavin's nephew Donnie (Timothy Hutton), also known as "Cake," who seems to be the only one who can see what the limelight is doing to their once-idyllic love. Set against a background of the civil rights movement, the film, based on the novel by Frank Deford, spans decades.
Plot Summary
Summary A legendary college football player marries his homecoming queen sweetheart and embarks on a professional career fraught with trials as well as glories. Hackford directs Dennis Quaid and Jessica Lange to moving, memorable portrayals of a pro football hero and his beauty queen wife, and their journey together over the decades. Strong supporting performances by Timothy Hutton and John Goodman make the story much more than just a jock film.
New York Times "...Bittersweet....Unexpected degrees of intelligence, perspective and talent..." 11/04/1988 p.C17
Los Angeles Times "..By sheer force of performance, Jessica Lange and Dennis Quaid make us care. These are among the most full-blown and seductive accomplishments of either actor's career..." 11/04/1988 p.C1
USA Today "...Sentimental, even corny, in just the right way; director Taylor Hackford, who did AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, definitely has a flair for this kind of movie-movie..." 05/26/1989 p.3D
Premiere "[H]ighlighted by Quaid's skillful portrayal..." 06/01/2005 p.122
Taylor Hackford
Jessica Lange
Dennis Quaid
Cast & Crew
Carl Lumbly - Actor
Dennis Quaid - Actor
Don Zimmerman - Editor
Frank DeFord - Based On Novel By
James Howard - Musical Score
Jessica Lange - Actor
Joe Alves - Production Designer
John Goodman - Actor
Ray Baker - Actor
Stephen Goldblatt - Cinematographer
Stuart Benjamin - Executive Producer
Taylor Hackford - Producer
Taylor Hackford - Director
Thomas Rickman - Screenplay
Timothy Hutton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1988
Catalog ID 28882
UPC 00085392888221
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 127 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Filmcritic.com
Review This necessarily wouldn't be a bad story Ñ the life of a professional couple that we rarely see outs
Reviewer Pete Croatto
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The movie has too much incident, too much period detail, to support an essentially simple story. Joh
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Doug Pratt's Laserdisc Reviews The performances are all terrific...
Rita Kempley, Washington Post ...it's a cross between Gone With the Wind and North Dallas Forty.
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