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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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.

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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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Although the film was produced by Disney, the opening credits does not include any reference to the company. However, the first text that appears in the end credits reads: "Presented by Walt Disney Productions." See more »


When Tex and Mason go to Tulsa, they are seen going over the Arkansas River Bridge in Tulsa. Yet before they pick up the hitchhiker,they are going through Tulsa (note the tall building in the background), and then they pick up the hitchhiker. While they are going down Highway 64, they go through Bixby without going over the Arkansas River bridge from Tulsa. See more »


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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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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