As each day goes by without a resolution between the NFL owners and players, we come closer and closer to losing a season (or part of a season) of NFL football. What are we going to do without it! Well, we could all watch 1980’s football movies-some of which are decent, some of which are soooo bad. Here are a few suggestions of movies to watch to fill your Sunday afternoons next year:
This movie has it all…a shady night-club owner, an almost over-the-hill wide receiver, an evil, rich team owner, a hot daughter of that team owner, and a trip to Mexico! The movie has an impressive cast (Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Richard Widmark and Jane Greer) that even includes former NFL star Alex Karras. Did I mention it has a 67% rating on the tomatometer? Hello!
All the Right Moves is based on a high school football player trying to make it out of his small town by obtaining a scholarship to an out-of-town college. The movie has a very good cast (Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson and Chris Penn) and a tomatometer rating of 53%.
I decided to put in a summary for this movie because it was so unbelievably awful. The plot is based on a local high school quarterback that must choose which college to go to, how the choice will affect his relationship with his girlfriend, and what the recruiting trips were like for the quarterback. This movie was the beginning of the end for Anthony Michael Hall and has a tomatometer rating of 0%. The only good thing about the movie is that it included a rather nice looking Uma Thurman and another outstanding appearance for Paul Gleason, everyone’s favorite 1980’s bad guy.
Other noteworthy 1980's football movies, in no particular order, include:
- Wildcats (1986)
- Lucas (1986)
- Quarterback Princess (1983)
- The Bear (1984)
- The Best of Times (1986)
- The Club (1980)
- Diner (1982)
- Everybody’s All-American (1988)
- Fighting Back (1980)
- Grambling’s White Tiger (1981)
- Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemery Story (1983)