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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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Red Malone
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Evan
Brooke Alderson ...
Shelly
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Andy Parker
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Rose Parker
Judith Brown ...
Janis (as Judy Brown)
Jeff Polk ...
Billy Morgan
Zachary DeLoach ...
Joey Morgan
Scott Simpson ...
Youngest Morgan Child
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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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Drama | Romance

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9 September 1983 (Denmark)  »

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Follow Your Dreams  »

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Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »

Quotes

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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Great movie
20 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read somewhere that you can get this movie on VHS on EBay but I can't find it. Does anyone know where I can get it? It's an excellent movie. Truly excellent

I only saw it once in 1983 and have never forgotten it. My daughter thinks I'm making too much of it but I really want to get this movie and have her watch it. After all these years I remember Dianne Weists, the abused wife, as she gave a great performance. Also the movie shows how abuse is so often hidden or ignored by relatives and other people. Watch this movie if you should get the chance and you like good drama movies.


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