New York Times - 10/21/1983
"...Its sense of place is distinct, its acting convincing and its sentiments feel sincere..."
Variety - 10/05/1983
"...ALL THE RIGHT MOVES crackles with authenticity..."
Stefan (Tom Cruise) is determined to leave the sleepy Pennsylvania mining town of Ampipe where he is growing up. An exceptional athlete, Stef sees football as his ticket out. His pursuit of a scholarship, however, brings him at odds with his combative coach (Craig T. Nelson). While rebelling against his coach and his town, Stef takes up with Lisa Litski (Lea Thompson), an attractive schoolmate and talented saxophone player. Cruise graduated to leading man status with this film, one of many early 1980s pictures with strong teen identities. His sexy, defiant presence carries the film. First-time director Michael Chapman (cinematographer of TAXI DRIVER and many other films) proves himself especially adept in capturing the intense football sequences.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
The only way football star Stefan Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) will avoid a life in the blast furnaces of his bleak Pennsylvania hometown is by winning a college scholarship. Even his coach (Craig T. Nelson) dreams of parlaying a winning team into a college job far away from this graveyard of the American Dream. But it's not long before the two virtually ruin each other's chances for escape and their door to the future starts to close. Lea Thompson and Christopher Penn co-star.
Stef, a young man in a depressed Pennsylvania mill town, wants to escape to a better future. He is the star safety on his high school football team, and he and the coach work towards getting him a college athletic scholarship. But it turns out that he and the coach don't agree on everything...
Coming Of Age |
Family Interaction |
Football Players |
Shot on location in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Directorial debut for noted cinematographer Michael Chapman.