JOHNSTOWN -- Two western Pennsylvania high schools whose football teams portrayed rivals in the 1983 Tom Cruise movie "All The Right Moves" will play in replica uniforms of the fictionalized teams when they next meet at the local stadium where the movie's climax was filmed.
Johnstown players will wear the black-and-gold uniforms of Ampipe, Cruise's team when he portrayed Stefan Djordjevic, a young man hoping to earn a football scholarship so he could escape the grim mill town. Johnstown's rival, Westmont Hilltop, will wear the red-and-white uniforms of Walnut Heights. Like Walnut Heights was to Ampipe, Westmont is the more affluent rival to Johnstown.
Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr., also the school's athletic director, said Friday's game will be played at Johnstown's Point Stadium, about 60 miles east of Pittsburgh. Several players from Johnstown and Westmont had bits parts as players of the on-screen rival, with parents, fans and others appearing as extras in the movie's game scenes.
Westmont athletic director Tom Callihan appeared in the movie as an Ampipe player.
"What a great way to celebrate the movie than to play a game to honor those two teams," Callihan said. "We've reached out to people who have been in the movie. The players who appeared in the movie are going to show up."
And, in some ways, art is continuing to imitate life in Johnstown/Ampipe.
"A lot of the story lines have stayed the same 30 years later," Penna told the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown for Thursday's editions. "A lot of these kids are trying to not necessarily find a way out of Johnstown, but they're trying to find a way into college football."