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

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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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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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5 July 1991 (USA)  »

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Richard Linklater's Slacker  »

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$23,000 (estimated)

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$1,227,508 (USA)
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Trivia

There is a still from Eraserhead (1977) on the hit-and-run driver's wall. See more »

Goofs

The taxi cab that Linkletter's character gets into at the Trailways station is not the one he later gets out of near campus. The second one has a different unit number, a No Smoking sign, and a missing whitewall tire. 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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Soundtracks

Skokiaan
(uncredited^)
Written by August Msarurgwa, Tom Glazer
Under License from Shapiro, Bernstain & Co., Inc.
^Performed by Horst Wende & His Orchestra from the 1958 album "Africana"
Played at the end, as the camera is thrown from the edge of a cliff
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Cult film must!
3 May 1999 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other people who have praised this film, it is terrific. I also own a copy and find that I seldom make it all the way through. Still I keep it and periodically go back to it because I can't wait for a particular character to show up or to be reminded of one that I'd forgotten. And best of all....I think that I've known most of these people at some time in my life! As bizarre as all of these characters are they are very much like some of the wackos everybody encounters throughout their lifetime. Linklater did a very good job of his caricatures and drew excellent performances out of his cast.


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