Fandango (1985)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  25 January 1985 (USA)
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Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phil Hicks
Kenneth Waggener
Brian Cesak ...
Lester Griffin
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Truman Sparks
The Girl
Gas Station Mechanic
Robyn Rose ...
Stanley Grover ...
Phil's Dad
Phil's Mom
Heckler #1
Michael Conn ...
Heckler #2


It's 1971 at the University of Texas, Austin. College buddies, facing graduation, marriage, and the draft, skip out of their own graduation party and head to the Mexican border for some adventure, a buried secret, and one last go-around at "the privileges of youth". Written by Scott Butler <>

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It's the privilege of youth.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Фанданго  »

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$85,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Kevin Costner auditioned for and lost a part in the student film on which Fandango is based, the same part he later played in the feature film. See more »


When Kenneth arrives at the frat house after the graduation ceremony, Phil says that Kenneth needs to be packed and ready to go because he needs to be in Dallas tomorrow night for the wedding. The next day on the Groover's road trip to west Texas, Phil says again that they need to get Kenneth to Dallas by "tomorrow night" for the wedding. On the road trip Phil should have said "tonight." See more »


Kenneth Waggener: Looking at a road map - "That's dirt son, there's no highway through here. The dotted line means dirt."
Gardner: giggling - "I thought it meant shortcut"
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 11 February 2015 (2015) See more »


Farmer's Trust
Written by Lyle Mays (uncredited) and Pat Metheny (uncredited)
Performed by Pat Metheny Group
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Wonderful. Absolutely Wonderful.
2 June 1999 | by (PA, USA) – See all my reviews

Love it - Even tho it's hard to say exactly WHY...

It might be the fantastic soundtrack, the great shots, the skydiving scene, the wedding scene that makes me cry, the use of 'Can't Find My Way Home" by Blind Faith (one of my favorite songs) -- but this film is in my top 5 of all time.

Occasionally you have to suspend your disbelief to the point of it being painful, but the honesty, the great acting, and the unpretentious feeling of the film and the actors completely draws me in every time.

Go rent or buy it. Now. If you ever wanted to throw away all of the pressures and responsibilities of life, only to find yourself choosing to go back to them, you'll love this movie.

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