A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rudy Basquez ...
Taxi Driver
Jean Caffeine ...
Jan Hockey ...
Stephan Hockey ...
Running Late
Mark James ...
Hit-and-Run Son
Samuel Dietert ...
Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd ...
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Terrence Kirk ...
Officer Love
Keith McCormack ...
Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies ...
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Maris Strautmanis ...
Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch ...
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Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Richard Linklater's Slacker  »

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$23,000 (estimated)


$1,227,508 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

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Written and Performed by Poi Dog Pondering
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lost in America
3 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title of Richard Linklater's deadpan debut feature describes a new generation of young, educated, aimless social misfits, part of a young neo-bohemian subculture of drifters, dreamers, and losers with no money, no ambitions, and no worries outside the occasional paranoid conspiracy theory. Their marginal lifestyle revolves around the concept of (in slacker vernacular) 'hanging out': eating, sleeping, watching TV, drinking coffee, and listening to the latest, local garage bands. But what they do best is simply talk, and the viewer is invited to eavesdrop on an extended series of hilarious soliloquies, anecdotes, and observations about politics, history, art, Smurfs, and UFOs, from a cast of nearly 100 genuine slackers pulled off the streets of Austin, Texas, apparently a hub of slackerdom. The film (not a documentary) is structured entirely around random encounters, methodically following one character after another, with no plot to interrupt all the verbal detours and digressions. It looks (and sounds) entirely improvised, but believe it or not was all carefully scripted and choreographed, and the result is one of the more unique and original American features of its time.

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