Tex (1982)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  30 July 1982 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,419 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 7 critic

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.



(novel), (screenplay) (as Charlie Haas) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two juvenile delinquents find themselves growing apart, for one is growing up, and the other is staying young and reckless.

Director: Christopher Cain
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Craig Sheffer, Larry B. Scott
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two 15-year old girls from different sides of the tracks compete to see who will be first to lose their virginity while at camp.

Director: Ron Maxwell
Stars: Tatum O'Neal, Kristy McNichol, Armand Assante
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jeffrey Willis has just finished high school and isn't quite sure what the future holds. His parents expect him to go to college but he is starting to find his close-knit family stifling. ... See full summary »

Director: Garry Marshall
Stars: Matt Dillon, Hector Elizondo, Molly McCarthy
Liar's Moon (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A poor kid elopes with a banker's daughter.

Director: David Fisher
Stars: Matt Dillon, Cindy Fisher, Hoyt Axton
Over the Edge (1979)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of bored teenagers rebel against authority in the community of New Granada after the death of one of their own.

Director: Jonathan Kaplan
Stars: Matt Dillon, Michael Eric Kramer, Pamela Ludwig
Rumble Fish (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Rusty James, an absent-minded street thug struggles to live up to his legendary older brother's reputation, and longs for the days when gang warfare was going on.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane
Foxes (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A group of four teenage girls come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley arranged with a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, Marilyn Kagan
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Matthew, a young schizophrenic, finds himself out on the street when a slumlord tears down his apartment building. Soon, he finds himself in even more dire straits, when he is threatened by... See full summary »

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Danny Glover, Matt Dillon, Rick Aviles
The Outsiders (1983)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The rivalry between two gangs, the poor Greasers and the rich Socs, only heats up when one gang member kills a member of the other.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio
Mr. Wonderful (1993)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Electrician Gus gets the chance to fulfill a childhood dream by buying an old bowling-alley with some of his friends. Unfortunately, due to the alimony payments he has to make to his ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Minghella
Stars: Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker
Kansas (1988)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A young man returning home to attend a wedding hooks up with a drifter who turns out to be a violent bank robber. Before he knows it, the man finds himself involved in the robber's plans.

Director: David Stevens
Stars: Matt Dillon, Andrew McCarthy, Leslie Hope
River's Edge (1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A high school slacker kills his girlfriend and shows off her dead body to his friends. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.

Director: Tim Hunter
Stars: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye


Cast overview, first billed only:
Tex McCormick
Mason McCormick
Jamie Collins
Pop McCormick
Mrs. Johnson
Cole Collins
Johnny Collins
Jack Thibeau ...
Coach Jackson
Bob Collins
Pamela Ludwig ...
Jeff Fleury ...
Suzanne Costollos ...
Fortune Teller (as Suzanne Costallos)
Marilyn Redfield ...


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


His father's gone. His mother's a memory. His brother's moving on. But Tex McCormick isn't giving in. See more »




PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

30 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tex: Um Retrato da Juventude  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The movie is set about 10 years after the end of the novel That Was Then, This is Now. Two characters make appearances in Tex: Cathy Carlson, as Tex's English teacher, and the hitchhiker, who is Mark in disguise, escaped from prison. See more »


When Tex and Mason run the truck into the ditch with the hitch hiker the passenger side window that should be up is down, then up, then down again. When the driver's side window is shot out by the police, you can see a second pane of glass with a bullet hole behind the shattered glass. See more »


Fortune Teller: You may think of one yes or no question to yourself.
Tex McCormick: [He sees a horse pass by and thinks about Rowdy] Yeah, Ok.
Fortune Teller: I am sorry the answer is no.
See more »


Referenced in That Was Then... This Is Now (1985) See more »


The Godfather (Main Theme)
Written by Nino Rota
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

He looks good in the cowboy hat...aside from that, not a whole lot happening
10 July 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In her review for The New Yorker, film critic Pauline Kael quipped that the young actor Matt Dillon who stars in "Tex" possessed an extraordinarily natural grasp of acting, and that he had never played a rascally, down-home country kid before. Actually, the character of Tex McCormick, Oklahoma high school student struggling to stay out of trouble after he and his brother are abandoned by their father, is like an expanded version of Dillon's character from 1980's "Little Darlings". In other words, there are no surprises from this up-and-coming star, no revelations, and not a trace of personal substance on display. Dillon falls for the pretty daughter of self-righteous Ben Johnson, who seemingly always plays self-righteous (no surprises from him, either). Johnson's way of acting is to pontificate clearly, as if he were making a speech in the town hall. This Disney drama, taken from S.E. Hinton's novel, is rather slow and fuzzy--and after an hour, the audience is still waiting for the plot to get started. The rural locations are capably captured, but the drama inherent in the story of these two brothers lays flat. *1/2 from ****

1 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Three two beer? kjharrison
GOSH!!!! Lilly_Marie
Negrito or Rowdy? msuesims
Tex is a sweetheart anna-cecilia
book vs. movie yoyoskillet
Matt Dillon xbl0ndi33x
Discuss Tex (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: