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Slacker (1991)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 July 1991 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rudy Basquez ...
Taxi Driver
Jean Caffeine ...
Roadkill
Jan Hockey ...
Jogger
Stephan Hockey ...
Running Late
Mark James ...
Hit-and-Run Son
Samuel Dietert ...
Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd ...
Officer Bozzio
Terrence Kirk ...
Officer Love
Keith McCormack ...
Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies ...
Walking to Coffee Shop
Dan Kratochvil ...
Espresso Czar / Masonic Malcontent
Maris Strautmanis ...
Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch ...
Tommy Pallotta ...
Looking for Missing Friend (as Tom Pallotta)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,227,508 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bar scene was shot with a Fisher-Price PixelVision camcorder. See more »

Goofs

When Happy-Go-Lucky Guy presses the button to get his change back from the newspaper machine, you clearly see and hear the change falling into the return slot. When he checks to see if it has fallen, he doesn't find anything. See more »

Quotes

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Should Have Stayed at Bus Station: [babbling to silent cab driver] Man, I just had the weirdest dream - back on the bus there? Did you ever have one of those dreams that are completely real. I mean they're so vivid. It's just like completely real. It's like, there's always something bizarre going on, though. I have one about every 2 years or something. I always remember 'em real good. Like there's always someone getting run over, or something really weird. Um, one time I had lunch with Tolstoy. Another time I was a ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the usual disclaimer is replaced with: "This story was based on fact. Any similiarity with fictional events or characters is entirely coincidental." See more »

Connections

References The Omega Man (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Strangers Die Everyday
Written and Performed by Butthole Surfers (as The Butthole Surfers)
Courtesy of Latino Bugger Veil Music
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An awesome accomplishment!!!
20 January 2000 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

I think this movie ranks among the 10 great films of all-time & I'm no slacker, either (well, maybe sort of...). Even though I own the laserdisc (& the guidebook), I love catching random parts of it on the indie channel at unplanned times. It's absolutely hypnotic. This movie breaks the tired & stale narrative form that film borrowed from (19th century) novels. See Phlicker's review below for a very insightful synopsis. If Richard Linklater never makes another film or never makes one nearly as good, it doesn't matter, he's broken the mold & created a new & unique model. Absolutely brilliant!!!


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