A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Tucker (as James Walters)
Eugene Benedict
Toby (as Frank von Zerneck)
Big Boy
Travis Parker
Kristina Simonds ...
Charles Taylor ...
Paula Bellamy-Franklin ...
Orphanage Cook / Additional Voices (voice)
Jerry Tullos ...
Bandstand M.C.


A new music teacher in a 1955 West Texas home for wayward boys brings new vision and hope for many of the interned boys.

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Rock & Romance Explode In A Texas Town. See more »


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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El primer grito del rock  »

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$3,547,684 (USA)

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Gwyneth Paltrow's film debut. See more »


Alan: What's your name?
Rebecca: Rebecca.
Alan: My name is Alan, and I love you.
[They kiss]
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Xanadu (2015) See more »


I Was a Fool
Written by Elmore James and Joe Joses
Performed by Elmore James
Courtesy of Virgin Records
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"Skip it"? Are you kidding?!?
8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a chance to see some smooth moves out of John Travolta, dancing with the lovely Linda Fiorentino. There's a great soundtrack that's apparently impossible to find at less than sky-high prices. There's an impressive early performance by Glenn Quinn, who died too young, and a look at Heather Graham and Gwyneth Paltrow when they were still fresh-faced ingénues. The setting is a little bit "Last Picture Show" meets "Cider House Rules" and there's an interesting surface skim of race and class structure in the '50's. The story line could have been meatier, but having spent two hours today with "Ultraviolet," I was grateful enough for the linear progression.

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