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Most films about high school football players usually fall into one of two categories: glossy jock romance or locker-room sex farce. This one defies the odds and scores both as decent character study and decidedly unsentimental sports melodrama. It's not only a helluva coming-of-age yarn, but also, like Paul Newman's Slapshot, it's a bracing look at the hopes and dreams of blue-collar survivors. Tom Cruise plays a mill-town football star determined to escape the same traps that ensnared his parents. Craig T. Nelson, in a terrific villain role, is the coach who takes revenge when Cruise's ambitions drift a little too close to home. Michael Chapman, Martin Scorsese's favorite cinematographer, made his directorial debut with this gritty little winner, which benefits from being shot on location in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and which is set to a great Jennifer Warnes-Chris Thompson theme song. Lea Thompson and Christopher Penn co-star. In 1983, another Cruise vehicle had even better moves: Risky Business. --Glenn Lovell

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Tom CruiseStefen Djordjevic
Craig T. NelsonNickerson
Lea ThompsonLisa
Charles CioffiPop
Gary GrahamGreg
Paul CarafotesSalvucci
Chris PennBrian (as Christopher Penn)
Sandy FaisonSuzie
James A. BafficoBosko
Mel WinklerJess Covington
Walter BriggsRifleman
George BetorTank
LenoShadow (as Leon Robinson)
Jonas ChakaMouse (as Jonas C. Miller)
Keith DiamondFox (as Keith Ford)
Paige Lyn PriceTracy (as Paige Price)
Debra VarnadoCharlotte
Donald A. YannessaCoach
Kyle Scott JacksonSherman Williams
Terry O'QuinnFreeman Smith (as Terrance O'Quinn)
Victor ArnoldHenry the Bartender
Dick MillerTeacher in Auditorium
Clayton S. BeaujonDrunk in Bar
William L. StibichKurowski
Mercy L. RigbyGirl at Party
Emma FloriaAngela (as Emma Floria Chapman
Mary MihaljevicWoman at WEdding
Dana HooverFriend #1
Laurel EatmanFriend #2
Darlene DudukovichCivic Teacher
Valerie ZabalaGina
John W. SimkovicDetective
Bill SlivoskyDetective
Greg JacobsGuard
Thomas R. BoydOfficial
Phillip ZdunczykWalnut Heights Center
David BarckhoffHigh School Football Player (uncredited)
Sherri TaylorCheerleader (uncredited)

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Michael Chapman
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 91 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 30, 1983
    AustraliaAug 16, 1984
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 3, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
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