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Independence Day (1983)

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring ... See full summary »

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Mary Ann Taylor
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Jack Parker
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Carla Taylor
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Les Morgan
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Nancy Morgan
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Sam Taylor
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Evan
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Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real passion is photography, but pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer means leaving Mercury behind. Despite her desperation to expand her horizons, Mary Ann hesitates to leave because of her mother's declining health and because of her new romance with Jack Parker. Jack is a mechanic who just returned to town after realizing the cruelties of the outside world. He experienced big-city living first-hand and wants nothing more than to settle down back home. But Jack and Mary Ann soon find that cruelties exist in their own little town when Jack discovers that his sister Nancy is being brutally beaten and routinely abused by her husband Les. While Jack struggles with how to help Nancy, Mary Ann is faced with a crucial choice about her future: stay in ... Written by skillwithaquill

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A small town is a hard place to have a big dream.

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Country music singer Martina McBride recorded a song titled, "Independence Day". In the song, an abused woman blows up her home with herself and her abusive husband in it just as Dianne Wiest's character does in this movie of the same name. See more »

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Les Morgan: Look at her. Look at her. She's not even listening to me. Well, I know how to wake her up.
[Strikes a match and throws it at Nancy. She puts up a hand to protect herself]
Jack Parker: Hey, what are you doing?
Les Morgan: This is just a little game we play. She likes it.
[Tosses another lit match that hits Nancy. She winces]
Jack Parker: Oh, yeah? Well *I* don't like it!
Les Morgan: Yeah? Well, Nancy does. Tell him. Tell him how much you like it.
[Throws a third match at Nancy. She flinches when it hits her arm]
Jack Parker: [rising to his feet] Quit it!
Les Morgan: Tell ...
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A film about personal choices, ahead of its time.
30 January 2000 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Independence Day unflinchingly looks at lifechoices, and their effects on both those that make them and the people that care about them. The cast is excellent, especially Dianne Wiest at Nancy. I saw this film the year it was released at the Seattle Film Festival and was caught offguard at the depth of emotion portrayed here. A great film that deserves some type of revival, as it provides a message that few would find argument with. Please see this film.


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