Everybody's All-American (film)

Everybody's All-American (film)

Infobox Film
name = Everybody's All-American

image_size =
caption = Theatrical Release Poster
director = Taylor Hackford
producer = Executive Producer:
Stuart Benjamin
Taylor Hackford
Ian Sander
Laura Ziskin
Alan C. Blomquist
writer = Thomas Rickman (screenplay)
Frank Deford (novel)
narrator =
starring = Jessica Lange
Dennis Quaid
Timothy Hutton
John Goodman
music = James Newton Howard
cinematography = Stephen Goldblatt
editing = Don Zimmerman
distributor = Warner Bros. Pictures Warner Bros. UK
released = November 4, 1988
runtime = 127 min.
country = United States
language = English
budget =
gross = $12,600,000
preceded_by =
website =
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0095119

"Everybody's All-American" is a motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the novel "Everyone's All-American" by longtime "Sports Illustrated" contributor Frank Deford.


The film 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.


* Filming was stopped for weeks when Dennis Quaid had his collarbone broken by Tim Fox of the New England Patriots during filming. Footage of Quaid rolling in pain on the sidelines of the snow game appears in the finished film.

* A key scene featuring a candlelight parade involving large numbers of extras was filmed, on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol, when snow started falling. Despite the beauty of the scene, director Taylor Hackford elected to reshoot the scene, as snow in Baton Rouge in November was such a rare event that he was worried it would be seen as a special effects goof in the film.

* The game scenes were shot in LSU's Tiger Stadium during the halftimes of actual LSU games. The goalposts were altered to resemble the vintage "H" posts as needed during filming. Vertical posts will moved in place for the bottom portion of the H, and a multi-colored fabric covering was used to conceal the center upright. Upon completion of filming, the vertical posts and fabric were retracted so as not to interfere with the LSU games.

* Some of the filming of the football scenes took place during halftime of the 1987 LSU-Alabama game. The producers wanted to continue shooting some scenes following the game, so they requested that the LSU fans remain after the game so that they could finish the scenes. However, Alabama won in an upset, and ten minutes after the game, the only fans still in the bleachers were wearing crimson, forcing the producers to finish shooting the following week.

* Michael Apted was all set to direct Thomas Rickman's script in 1982 until Warner Brothers baulked at the $16 million price tag, leading man Tommy Lee Jones and the fact that American football movies never do any business overseas. During its 6 years in development hell, Warren Beatty, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro all circled the project.

*The work has been said to be a fictionalization of the life of Billy Cannon, who was a famous college football player at Louisiana State University. Cannon won the Heisman Trophy and went onto a professional football career with the Houston Oilers and, then the Oakland Raiders. After he finished football, Cannon became a dentist and was later prosecuted for counterfeiting. However, Frank Deford, author of the book, denies that there is any connection between his work and the real-life Dr. Cannon.

*The film contains a much more hopeful and upbeat ending than the book, where Gavin takes his own life after trying to kill Babs as well.

External links

* [http://home.hiwaay.net/~oliver/lange.html Jessica Lange Website]

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