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Against All Odds [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Rachel Ward , Jeff Bridges , Taylor Hackford    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras, Jane Greer
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Daniel Mainwaring, Eric Hughes
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Bill Borden, Gene Rudolf, Jerry Bick, William S. Gilmore
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Dec 1999
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001W9FY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



James Woods doesn't get to play many romantic leads--and he certainly doesn't get the girl in this handsome, if occasionally hollow, remake of Out of the Past. As the mover-and-shaker lover of Rachel Ward, he loses her--if only temporarily--to ex-football star Jeff Bridges. Woods captures the insecurity behind a man of power who understands that the women in his life love his money first. But he also shows us the real tenderness that kept Ward close when money lost its glitter. Bridges is at his best, playing the should-have-been trying to keep his future from repeating his dead-end past. Look for actress Jane Greer (who played the Ward role in the 1947 original opposite Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas) in a small role. --Marshall Fine,

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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From having the original on a rental video, the DVD version of this film is unbeleivable. The digital transfer is excellent, colours are more vibrant and alive, and the added bonus of the extras makes this DVD worth every penny. Set between the corrupt city of LA and the Mexican jungle of Chichen Itza, this story has everything. Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges) sets out unwittingly to find Jessie Wyler (Rachel Ward), the runaway girlfriend of his old friend Jake Wise (James Woods). After tracing her to a Mexican island, he soon finds himself falling in love with her. They continue the affair trying to hide, travelling around Mexico, but when Jake sends down corrupted football coach Hank Sully (Alex Karras),to find them, things go drastically wrong for Terry when Jessie splits the scene. Returning back to LA alone, Terry has to face the wrath of Jake. Loosely based on the 1947 film 'Out of the Past' this film sees the return of Jane Greer who, in the original played the Femme fatale, is now playing Jessie Wylers mother. The deleted scene menu is a treat. And the commentaries are a privlleged insight to the directors and actors thoughts 16 years on. Throw in 2 music videos a fantastic car chase and a web of corruption, this is one DVD not to miss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At the most B- 19 Aug 2014
Nothing to brag about, not even about the restricted audience. Los Angeles in all its shady business dealing with city planning and city development, no cinema industry, but a lot of football.

A football player gets kicked out of the Outlaws, the football team, or at least one of the football teams, of Los Angeles after a broken shoulder or something like that. He gets involved with some "friend" who is as crooked as my arm when I blow my nose. That "friend" wants him to find his disappeared girl friend. She is the daughter of an important business woman who is doing in city development, meaning real estate speculation for the rich, the very rich, away from Beverley Hill. Behind her there is a man who is the real maker of deals, generally with money or blackmailing.

Our kicked out football player accepts to look for the girl, falls in love, brings her back against all odds since a killer had been sent after them and then he manages to put his hand on the treasure chest of a crooked lawyer just after the latter was killed and the former has the power to blackmail everyone he wants. That's what I call a kushy pushy job. Lovely Jubbly!

So he accepts to disappear, he gets trials with football teams out of Los Angeles, but he cannot get the girl. Too bad.

And that's all. It is no new thing that city planning and real estate development are rotten to the core. It is no new thing that sports competition and football games are in a way or another "arranged" by some people who make money out of it. They say rigged like the football players who are rigged with their padding and masks and helmets, etc. You are sure to win when the result has been well cushioned ahead of time. So the film is in no way a masterpiece, except maybe if you could speak of a B masterpiece, the way some speak of B movies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This was so massive back in the day. I liked the exclusive Peter Gabriel song "Walk Through The Fire" too.
It's therefore surprising to find that a movie as big as "Against All Odds" isn't readily available on BLU RAY in 2014 to British film fans (its music has been available on CD for years).

The American BLU RAY on Image Entertainment is REGION A LOCKED - so it won't play on our machines unless they're chipped to be 'all regions' (which few are). And there appears to be no alternatives.

So until someone ends the restrictions of Region Coding - or gives this film a reasonably priced release in the UK - it's wait and see...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes a few viewings to appreciate it 3 Sep 2013
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When I first watched this I was a bit confused as to what the whole film was about. It didn't fully grab my attention and so I must have glazed over on a few key scenes. I didn't have the first clue about American Football or the gambling scene, but at the same time I was captivated by the scenery, the car race, the music and the characters.

A few years later I saw the DVD and I had a longing to watch it again. The second time around I started to understand the characters; the corruption and the plot made a lot more sense. It was like I was watching the film anew. I knew what was coming, but I was still intrigued as to the plot:

Terry Brogan (Jeff Bridges) is a football star close to the end of his career and with injuries that are not eligible for paying him off. He has been taken advantage of for the whole of his career but was too short sighted to see it. Facing financial difficulties and a threat of losing his job he is tasked by his old friend and night club owner, Jake Wise (James Woods) to find Jessie Wyler (Rachael Ward). Jessie is on the run from Jake due to his stifling hold on her and the equally strong grip of her wealthy property developer parents (Jane Greer and Richard Widmark).

Terry sets off to the Caribbean and finds Jessie, but he falls in love with her. A cat and mouse game develops with Jake and eventually they are forced to return to LA. But the problems are only just beginning for Terry. The love tryst has upset the apple cart to a much bigger problem of match fixing and the blackmailing of the fixers and gamblers that are used to grease the wheels of property development in LA. Those you think have the power are themselves puppets for others and there are a few twists to the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good film
Published 7 days ago by elaine foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brillant old classic film.
Published 1 month ago by Jedi 1977
1.0 out of 5 stars oh well
so many years wondering how nice it would be the film as the music by Phil Collins is so beautiful, unfortunately,that's is not the case, the film is a flop
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Against all Odds
Superb film with one of my favourite songs as the title track played @ the end. Despite it's ages it hasn't dated at all.
Published 8 months ago by Lesley-Anne Feldmanis
1.0 out of 5 stars doesnt work
The blu ray does not work on uk systems.i tried switching regions .still no joy. Bit disappointed.but only cost a tenner. Read more
Published 8 months ago by markc
5.0 out of 5 stars Against All Odds (DVD)
The story line is excellent and Rachel Ward is an amazing actress... I would highly recommend this for a girly night in!
Published 9 months ago by Happyme
4.0 out of 5 stars review
James Woods again does not disappoint as being the villain whether subtle or not he is definitely very persistent when wants something
Published 12 months ago by nads
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Film
I have always loved this film and finally came across it on Amazon whilst looking at other titles. Adventurous yet intimate well worth watching.

Thank you
Published 14 months ago by Linda Yates
1.0 out of 5 stars i was not properly informed about this dvd
When I tried to play this dvd, I could not because, as it's an American product, my dvd player here in the UK is unable to download it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by lucille perricone
3.0 out of 5 stars against all odds dvd
bought this as went to mexico and one of the scenes in here is where i went and the guide said this was the film to get to re,member things but did not really enjoy the film
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. L. Cave
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