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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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Phil Hicks
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Kenneth Waggener
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Dorman
Brian Cesak ...
Lester Griffin
Marvin J. McIntyre ...
Truman Sparks
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The Girl
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Trelis
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Judy
Robyn Rose ...
Lorna
Stanley Grover ...
Phil's Dad
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Phil's Mom
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Heckler #1
Michael Conn ...
Heckler #2
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Storyline

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 <sydtech@skypoint.com>

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It's the privilege of youth.

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25 January 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Фанданго  »

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$85,000 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Born To Be Wild
Written by Mars Bonfire (uncredited)
Performed by Steppenwolf
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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A genuinely thoughtful film with a cool soundtrack

I first saw Fandango in 1990 on BBC2 by chance and as I knew I would be out part of the night I also recorded it. In the end I never went out but it was fate that I got to see and also record one of my favorite films of all time. How this film has never made it to DVD or video release is beyond me, but hey who am I. I'm not American and I never went to Vietnam but this film really hit a cord with me especially at a time when the world was going to war with Iraq and people genuinely thought that if it turned into a holy war we would eventually get drafted. I thought this was by far one of Kevin costners best roles as the cocky Gardner Barns who genuinely cared about his friends and what might happen to them, so before they go off to war they go and find a bottle of champagne who they have christened DOM which is their last link with youth and the good times they shared. It is a very subtle and poignant film and the characterization is played superbly. There are some extremely funny moments in this film especially the sky diving scene together mixed with very thoughtful and endearing moments one in particular when Phil shakes Doormans hand and they say goodbye to each other for the last time. All this along with a wonderful sound track by Pat Matheny and Lyle Mays made this a film I cannot speak highly enough of. Go and see it and also by all Pat Mathenys work which I have. Incidentally everyone who I have ever shown this film to have thoroughly enjoyed it and asked where they can get it, alas I could not help with their request.


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