Coming-of-age adventure about two teenage brothers and their struggles to grow up, on their own, after their mother dies and their father leaves them.

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Tex McCormick
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Mason McCormick
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Jamie Collins
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Pop McCormick
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Mrs. Johnson
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Cole Collins
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Johnny Collins
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Coach Jackson
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Hitchhiker
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Bob Collins
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Connie
Jeff Fleury ...
Roger
Suzanne Costollos ...
Fortune Teller (as Suzanne Costallos)
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Kelly
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Coming-of-age adventure about two teenage brothers and their struggles to grow up, on their own, after their mother dies and their father leaves them.

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From the author and the star of "The Outrsiders" - the story of a young man who wouldn't be beaten. See more »

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30 July 1982 (USA)  »

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Tex: Um Retrato da Juventude  »

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S.E. Hinton: The typing teacher. Reflecting on her screen debut years later, she said, "I was supposed to look terrified, which was lucky, because I was." See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Tex rides Rowdy in the stalls, the red pickup is seen on the left side of the house. When Tex goes in the house the truck is parked on the right side of the house. And when Johnny comes up on his motorbike to pick up Tex, the pickup truck is in the front, when no one went outside to move the pickup truck. See more »

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Tex McCormick: [Whimpers] Oh no...
Mason McCormick: [walks into Tex's room] Tex? You alright? You lose Something?
Tex McCormick: [laying under his bed with only his feet sticking out] It's kinda nice down here. Cool and Quiet.
Mason McCormick: Yeah, well maybe you should hurry it up so you can come have breakfast under the kitchen table. Then maybe you can catch a ride under the school bus!
Tex McCormick: [Gets up from under his bed and wraps a blanket around him] You would like that wouldn't you?
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Referenced in The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) See more »

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The Godfather (Main Theme)
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Written by Nino Rota
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brat without a purpose
1 August 2015 | by See all my reviews

Tex McCormick (Matt Dillon) is a young delinquent living in the farming town of Bixby, Oklahoma with his older brother Mason. Mason is a basketball player who is looking for a scholarship in Indiana. They are struggling to pay the bills with their absentee father on the rodeo circuit. Mason is forced to sell Tex's horse. Tex is angry. His best friend is Johnny Collins (Emilio Estevez) and he likes Johnny's sister Jamie (Meg Tilly). Their father Cole Collins (Ben Johnson) tries to keep Tex from his kids. Tex and Mason picks up a hitchhiker but he turns out to be a violent fugitive. Mason deliberately crashes the truck and the fugitive is killed in a shootout. The brothers become media heroes and their father returns. A family revelation sends Tex over the edge.

Matt Dillon is playing Tex as an idiotic bratty teen. I don't remember much from the book since I read it some 30 years ago. There has to be a more appealing way to portray the character. Also the story is an overloaded melodrama. It may work in a book but it's problematic when a violent shootout is nothing more than a pit stop. It's a bit too overwrought.


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