Everybody's All-American

1988

Everybody's All-American

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Everybody's All American covers 25 years in the life of college football hero Gavin Grey (Dennis Quaid). When he marries campus sweetheart Babs Rogers (Jessica Lange) and is picked up by the pros, a happily-ever-after denouement is predicted by friends and family. It is clear from the outset, however, that Grey is going to have to do a lot of growing up over the next few decades. Babs does her best to keep in step with her husband's career and mood swings, and in so doing becomes the "parent" in the family. John Goodman also stars as Grey's best buddy, and Timothy Hutton is on hand for a romantic-triangle subplot. Everybody's All American is based on the novel by longtime Sports Illustrated scrivener Frank Deford. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dennis Quaid
as Gavin Grey
Jessica Lange
as Babs Rogers
Timothy Hutton
as Donnie "Cake" McCaslin
John Goodman
as Edward Lawrence
Carl Lumbly
as Narvel Blue
Ray Baker
as Bolling Kiely
Patricia Clarkson
as Leslie Stone
Joseph Meyer
as Pep Leader
Wayne Knight
as Fraternity Pisser
Aaron Neville
as Man with Gun
A.J. Duhe
as Cleveland Linebacker
Mike Fisher
as Redskins Quarterback
Frank Deford
as Cafe Owner
Lyla Kay Owen
as Gray Ghost Inn Hostess
Tom Rickman
as Terra-Turf Man
Barbara Harris
as Cheerleader #1
John Erwin
as Redskins Announcer
Mitch Carter
as Redskins Color Man
Bob Neill
as Baseball Announcer
John Hazard
as Football Player
Ken Kells
as Football Player
Fred Lewis
as Football Player
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Critic Reviews for Everybody's All-American

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  • As the one character who grows and doesn't just calcify, Lange brings wily zest to each step in Babs' coming-out party.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The characters are simply postulated, given whole, from the start; there`s no depth or development in the performances; and each scene exists only to make a single plot point.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Apart from a performance of mesmerizing authority and conviction from Quaid in an arena usually littered with more cliches... Hackford's movie has the courage to start where most films about our national passion for sport leave off.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Lange, handicapped by a much too broad choice of Southern accents, does not disappear as easily into her character. She seems to be playing someone beneath her.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not exactly nourishing, but then again, its performances are so addictive that you may not even care.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Sprawling across a quarter of a century, Everybody's All-American is an unkempt epic about the life and times of a Louisiana athlete.

    Aug 23, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Everybody's All-American

  • Apr 08, 2007
    Great movie with an excellent cast and a sadly tragic ending.
    Moe E Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2007
    In a similar vein to Raging Bull, this is the story of a egotistical football stars journey from top dog to has been. Not bad, but all the sports movie cliches are still apparent, and Quaid is no Robert DeNiro.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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