Against All Odds (1984)


 against all odds“He said the only way I’d get away from him would be to kill him.” – Jesse

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Apr 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An injured Professional football player is hired by his bookie to travel to Mexico and find a missing débutante to help pay off his debts.

My Take on it – This is one of those 80’s movies, that I thought I probably saw because of its theme which reverberates 80’s throughout.

The cast is pretty good here, but they have little to work with, so it’s hard to figure out who should be faulted for that.

This is surprising because having Rachel Ward, James Woods, Jeff Bridges, Alex Karras, Richard Widmark, Saul Rubinek and Swoozie Kurtz in the cast today would seem to be a clear winner.

The story probably worked better and felt more believable 30 years ago, but time has not been kind to this plot which is mostly boring.

One of things this movie does have going for it is that it has a great theme song sung by Phil Collins.  Check it out here:

Bottom Line – This movie has some great actors in it, but the story is actually quite boring and a bit unbelievable. It’s very 80’s like, but just doesn’t work as well now looking back. One thing it has going for it is the amazing theme song by Phil Collins.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The theme song “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” was a huge success for Phil Collins, becoming his first of seven number one singles in the United States during his solo career. It won him the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985 and it was also nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Collins was the only nominee in the Academy Awards category not invited to sing his song on stage, instead sitting in the audience as dancer Ann Reinking gave a lip-synced performance accompanied by a dance routine. His perceived negative reaction shown on the telecast is considered to be one of the most awkward moments in the history of the ceremony and has been a favorite reference for Dennis Miller to relate someone reacting in a horrified fashion. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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