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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 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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9 September 1983 (Denmark)  »

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Follow Your Dreams  »

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$40,685, 23 January 1983, Limited Release

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$151,462, 31 December 1984
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Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »

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Nancy Morgan: Strange. I feel tired all the time.
Mary Ann Taylor: Well, it's the Valium.
Nancy Morgan: Yeah.
[pauses, shakes her head]
Nancy Morgan: No. It's a different sort of tired. It's... um... inside my bones. And it's real deep. Inside my bones.
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Diane Weist steals this movie...
16 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

...with her performance as Cliff De Young's battered wife. When I saw it in the Greenwood Theater in North Seattle the whole audience cheered and clapped when David Keith hauled De Young out of the bar and beat the crap out of him for hitting his sister (Weist) - Weist had grabbed the audience so effectively. The only "Independence Day" anybody remembers today is the flying saucer movie, so this film is nearly forgotten - a tragedy.


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