Against All Odds

Against All Odds

DVD - 2005
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Terry Brogan, a cynical ex-football star, is hired to find Jessie Wyler, the runaway mistress of a ruthless L.A. nightclub owner, Jake Wise. According to Jake, Jessie had stabbed him and vanished with $50,000. But Terry's mission is soon forgotten when he tracks down the beautiful Jessie on a Mexican island and falls in love with her.
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2005.
ISBN: 9780767821490
0767821491
Branch Call Number: DVD AGAI ALL OD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col., stereo. ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 05, 2017

"And you coming me back to me is against all odds, it's chance I got to take."
The rare film in which the theme song has outlived its source. This 1984 film is a loose remake of the film noir classic "Out of the Past" and features that film's Jane Greer in a small role. Jeff Bridges is at his hunkiest as a down on his luck football player who heads down to Mexico to look for his shady gangster friend's rich girlfriend. He finds her, sparks fly, and they fall in love. The Mexico setting is very pretty, but the direction is sluggish, and the plot pretty silly. It does have Phil Collins's iconic song and a good cast: James Woods (smarmy), Rachel Ward (steamy), Richard Widmark, Alex Karras ("Webster"), Swoosie Kurtz. This was one of several neo-noirs from the era: "Body Heat," "Blood Simple," "The Postman Always Rings Twice." Director Taylor Hackford's other big 80s romance was "An Officer and a Gentleman." So take a look at me now!

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ClarkHarveyRoth
Apr 05, 2016

The production on this film is thoroughgoingly 1984, with foreboding synth leads that stab & slice through scenes of tropical paradise. Jeff Bridges' tanned abdominals turn in a memorable supporting role, & while it will be years before White Russians & apathy turn those same abs to pudding, even in this case the runaway rich girl kidnaps herself, man!?, & after some pointed career counseling it's Jeff's job to go find her. The search soon turns into an affair between hunter & hunted that realizes its spiritual zenith atop a pyramid in Chichen Itza, the troubled lovers coupling before stone visages of an ancient bloodthirsty past, even as their own more recent past comes calling with a balance due. What emerges after (almost) everyone returns to LA is a cast of characters deeply & problematically intertwined, where desire in all its problematic allure offers moments that intoxicate & escape hatches that collapse. James Woods plays a spicy, smarmy villain with a tense, self-loathing, competitive nature bordering on the unhappily homoerotic. In the end we realize there will be no heroes, that everyone involved here is bound in the same web of bland greed & confounded allegiances. Love would offer an out if anyone were really equal to it, but the expensive bad clothes & baby food jars of cocaine will just have to be good enough in the meantime. You feel pretty OK about being the 99%, & then a fantastic Phil Collins song closes the show & ushers you back up the aisle. Five stars in export grade gringo tourist ponchos! CR

lasertravis Oct 10, 2012

Underwhelming 80's romantic drama. No standout performances. Lame dialogue. The unconventional storyline makes for slight interest. More or less not my kind of movie. The best part of the movie is the same titled theme song by Phil Collins that plays during the closing credits.

aaa5756 Sep 08, 2012

Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD

btmslt May 24, 2012

An entertaining romance.

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