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
Chuck Bush ...
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.


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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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The first of three directorial and starring collaborations between Kevin Reynolds and Kevin Costner. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Waterworld (1995) followed. So as this film was released in 1985, Reynolds and Costner worked together over ten years. See more »


At the end of the film, when Gardner is on the hill overlooking the wedding ceremony lights going out, the sky is much brighter behind him on the face close ups. When it returns panoramic, it is now early evening again.... See more »


Gardner: We're innocent critters squashed on the highway of life!
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One of the best of the genre; fantastic yet oddly underrated
30 May 1999 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

I stumbled across this movie years ago while flipping thru the channels late one night, and instantly fell in love with it. It's easily one of the best movies of the genre; there's an emotional resonance here that's hard to come by in any movie, let alone one that *appears* to be a standard coming-of-age/buddy/road-trip flick.

It's also (in my humble opinion) probably Kevin Costner's finest piece of work next to 'Dances With Wolves'. Costner's role as Gardner is one that seems perfectly suited to him; I can imagine anyone else being able to pull it off.

The soundtrack is *perfect*, especially the wedding sequence - besides being a great flick, this movie turned me on to Pat Metheny! The soundtrack, unfortunately, was never released, although I liked the movie enough to assemble the tracks individually.

This is one of those rare movies that leaves one with a nice afterglow, even after many viewings....much like 'Diner' or 'American Graffiti'. I've seen 'Fandango' way too many times to count, and am on my second or third VHS copy - I'm hoping this comes out on DVD sometime soon....

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