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 ...
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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
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 »
You could leave him.
He'd find me.
Change your name.
Go on, pick one! Pick a new name. Pick a name, any name. Come on.
Oh... uh. I can't think of any.
How about Laura?
Oh, God! That's worse than the one I've got!
Hey, what's wrong with your name? It's beautiful just like you are. You're beautiful.
[cradles her face in his hands. Nancy suddenly bursts into tears]
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Some may think that this is a predictable boy drives hot rod, borrows money from brother-in-law who is abusing his wife and all hell breaks loose, but it is more than that. The film depicts the small town life of Anson and Hamlin, Texas in the early 1980's. Anson is the town that banned dancing and some say "Footloose" was based on. That fact does not enter into the movie, but is a shading on the tone of the town.
The characters are strong and the performance by Weist is unforgettable. This was filmed before "Hannah" and when she was younger and thin. You will love looking at Quinnlin as well. Not all of the characters are cartoon renditions of small town stereotypes, so you will enjoy it.
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