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
Jack Thibeau ...
Coach Jackson
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Hitchhiker
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Bob Collins
Pamela Ludwig ...
Connie
Jeff Fleury ...
Roger
Suzanne Costollos ...
Fortune Teller (as Suzanne Costallos)
Marilyn Redfield ...
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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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His father's gone. His mother's a memory. His brother's moving on. But Tex McCormick isn't giving in. 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

When Tex and Mason go to Tulsa, they pass over the Bixby Bridge. Yet in the next scene, they are going through a wooded area. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Carlson: And Tex, I don't want another report on "Smokey the Cow Horse"
Tex McCormick: Yeah, but I read it everytime
Ms. Carlson: Why don't you read another book by the same author?
Tex McCormick: You mean, that guy, wrote another book?
Ms. Carlson: Yes Tex, in the library.
Tex McCormick: Oh, wow!
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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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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 ****


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