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All the Right Moves

All the Right Moves Promotional Movie Poster
Directed by Michael Chapman
Produced by Stephen Deutsch
Gary Morton
Written by Michael Kane
Starring Tom Cruise
Craig T. Nelson
Lea Thompson
Music by David Richard Campbell
Cinematography Jan de Bont
Editing by David Garfield
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) October 21, 1983
Running time 91 min
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $17,233,166[1]
For the OneRepublic song, see All the Right Moves (song)

All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, and Gary Graham. It was filmed on location during WPIAL football season in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Pittsburgh.


Plot summary

Stefen "Stef" Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) is a high school defensive back seeking a college football scholarship to escape the economically depressed small Pennsylvania town of Ampipe. Ampipe is a company town whose economy is dominated by the town's main employer, American Pipe & Steel, a steel mill struggling through the downturn of the early 1980s recession.

Most of the film takes place after the big football game against undefeated Walnut Heights High School. Ampipe appears headed to win the game, when a fumbled handoff in the closing seconds leads to a Walnut Heights victory. Following the game, Coach Nickerson (Craig T. Nelson) lambastes the fumbler in the locker room, telling him he "quit." When Stefen retorts that the coach himself quit, the coach kicks him off the team.

In the aftermath, disgruntled Ampipe fans vandalize Coach Nickerson's house and yard. Stefen is present and is a reluctant participant, but is nonetheless seen by Nickerson as the vandals flee. From there, Stefen deals with personal battles, including dealing with the coach blacklisting him among colleges because of his attitude and participation in the desecration of Nickerson's yard and house.

Stefen, frustrated by what Nickerson did, angrily confronts his former coach. In the end, Nickerson realizes he was wrong for blacklisting Stefen. He has accepted a coaching position at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and offers Stefen a full scholarship for playing football there, which he accepts.


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