All the Right Moves

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Released 1983

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All the Right Moves

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Director:
Michael Chapman
Released:
1983
Rating:
R

All the Right Moves is an American film released in 1983. In it, Stef Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) is a high school football player looking to earn a college scholarship and find a way out of the decaying Pennsylvania town in which he lives. The only thing he loves other than playing football is his girlfriend, Lisa Lietzke (Lea Thompson). When Stef commits a crucial blunder in the most important game of the year, he is ripped into by his coach, Nickerson (Craig T. Nelson). When Stef stands up for himself and tells off Nickerson, the coach throws him off the team. Fans angry about losing the big game end up vandalizing Nickerson's home. Though Stef was merely present at the scene, he is seen by Nickerson and blamed for it. From there, Stef's life descends into hell as Nickerson begins telling colleges that Stef is a bad kid and doesn't deserve a scholarship. Stef's only option is to confront Nickerson and try to find a way to get back into his good graces before he is stuck in his hometown forever.

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Two people finally tell each other the truth. This is, of course, an astonishing breakthrough in movies about teenagers, and All the Right Moves deserves it.

  • 75

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    Cruise is believable as an athlete; and the cocky bravado he emits to impress his girlfriend (played with matching complexity and maturity by Lea Thompson) has a fetching sense of ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    A well-made but sugar-coated working-class fable about a football star.

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    Drama, Sports

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    Love & Romance, Football