Dazed and Confused (1993) Poster


The soldier memorial statues to which Milla Jovovich adds KISS makeup were featured more prominently in the shooting script. Several scenes were filmed from their theft to their confiscation by the police. Some of these scenes were included as DVD bonus features, but several have never been officially released. Shortly after the film's release, Gene Simmons reportedly purchased the two statues for his private collection. He later sold them at the Butterfield's KISS Auction in 2000, for $6,000.
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In the scene where the kids are building the paddles the teacher in the shop (sleeping) is actually a real teacher at that school and still works there.
Matthew McConaughey states that the line "alright, alright, alright!" in the scene at the Top Notch drive-in was his first line ever spoken on camera in the first scene of his entire film career. The infectious line was hence repeated during production by the entire crew and has been one of McConaughey's trademark slogans, even using it during his Academy Award acceptance speech for best actor. He says that he ad-libbed the line, and lifted it from Jim Morrison, who exclaimed it during a performance on the album The Doors Live after the song "Roadhouse Blues."
Reportedly one-sixth of the film's budget was spent on acquiring the rights to 1970s pop hits on the soundtrack.
The character of Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) was based on Matthew McConaughey's older brother.
Early on in filming Matthew McConaughey's father died , so filming was halted while he helped arrange and attend his father's funeral.
Shawn Andrews and Jason London did not get along during the shoot, and Richard Linklater eventually had to break them up from fighting at one point. This wound up changing the ending, as it was to feature Pickford instead of Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey). This also accounts for their virtual lack of dialogue between each other, despite being in each other's scenes quite a bit.
Matthew McConaughey's production company's name, JKL Productions, comes from Wooderson's life credo: Just Keep Livin'!
On Thursday 7 October 2004, former high school classmates of Richard Linklater filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios saying that the director did not get their permission to use their likenesses and surnames and now suffer from ridicule. The three men are Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater and Richard Floyd. The three men still live in Huntsville, Texas where according to the lawsuit "we had fun in high school." The lawsuit was eventually dismissed due to the statute of limitations having expired.
The word "man" is said 203 times in the film.
While filming in Texas, Milla Jovovich (Michelle) and Shawn Andrews (Kevin Pickford) eloped to Las Vegas and got married. However, Jovovich was only 16 or 17 years old at that time, and her mother had the marriage annulled. It is further interesting that Milla's role in the immediately previous film she is credited for, Chaplin (1992), she portrayed an underage woman who married Charles Chaplin, who was subsequently put on trial for statutory rape.
Rory Cochrane, who played Slater in the movie, actually wore a long-hair wig in the film. He said that he'd never had long hair before and that, despite the "cosmopolitan" atmosphere of Austin, Texas, he still got a lot of strange looks from people outside the set.
The beer drunk by most of the cast (excluding minors) was actually real beer. Jason London, however, refused to drink the beer and was trying to stop smoking as well.
The song that Milla Jovovich plinks on her guitar whilst gazing at the stars is an excerpt from The Alien Song, a song from Milla's 1994 album, The Divine Comedy.
Pink's belt buckle is really a pipe; this is evident when Wooderson and Dawson are talking about the freshman girls in front of the Emporium.
All the wooden paddles were custom designed by the stars themselves. Check for one that says "17 yrs", noticing the year difference between the movie and the plot setting.
Top Notch Burgers, the drive-in restaurant in the movie, closed November 14, 2008, after the owner James Stanish passed away. Mr. Stanish worked at Top Notch for 38 years since he was 12 years old. His father originally started the business which he eventually took over. The restaurant has since been reopened (4-12-09).
Vince Vaughn auditioned for Benny, but was turned down after director Richard Linklater decided that he and Ben Affleck resembled each other too closely. Cole Hauser was cast in the role instead.
Ron talks about how George Washington grew marijuana on his plantation at Mount Vernon which is true but it was not grown for people to smoke. He had large fields of cannabis on his plantation, which were used for fiber production. The tough fiber of the plant, cultivated as hemp, has numerous textile uses.
Renée Zellweger auditioned for a larger role as one of the senior girls but was given the uncredited role of Nesi White.
Adam Goldberg, in a 2003 Texas Monthly feature recapping the movie, said that the fight scene between his and Nicky Katt's characters was what specifically led him to want the role.
Prior to filming, Wiley Wiggins (Mitch Kramer) had never thrown a baseball in his life. Because of this, a double was used in the pitching scenes.
The location of the "Emporium" pool hall is at the 6600 block of North Lamar Blvd and Brentwood St. in Austin. The building directly across Brentwood from this location, where O'Bannion gets his just deserts with the white paint ambush, is a former roller rink.
Led Zeppelin recorded a song entitled "Dazed and Confused" on the album "Led Zeppelin 1" released in 1969. There is a subtle reference/homage to Led Zeppelin in the movie. In the scene where Don gets Benny out of wood shop, just after Don gets Slater's attention to signal Benny, listen for Slater's line, "Man, I ain't believin' that shit about Bonham's 1-hour drum solo...I mean, 1 hour on drums...you couldn't handle that shit on strong acid, man." This is a reference to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham who would frequently perform extended drum solos at concerts.
Ranked at #3 on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006)
Claire Danes auditioned for the role of Sabrina but was considered "too classy" by the director.
Richard Linklater originally wanted the Led Zeppelin song 'Rock and Roll' for the movie playing during the end credits, but he didn't get it. Jimmy Page agreed for Linklater to use the song, but Robert Plant denied.
In the high school girls' bathroom, the graffiti over Jodi's shoulder reads, "Jodi Kramer is stuck up!!"
Although Matthew McConaughey's character, Wooderson, is notorious as the "older guy who still hangs out with high school students", McConaughey was actually younger than several of the cast members playing the teenagers, including Sasha Jenson (Don), Joey Lauren Adams (Simone), and Parker Posey (Darla).
This movie contains 3 actors who have a twin-sibling; Parker Posey (twin brother, Christopher), Jason London (twin brother, Jeremy London), and Marissa Ribisi (twin brother, Giovanni Ribisi).
Richard Linklater's intent with the film was to create an inverse John Hughes movie.
Wooderson's car is a 1970 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport
Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997.
The shirt Wooderson is seen wearing throughout the movie has the 'Ted Nugent (I) and the Amboy Dukes' album "Tooth Fang & Claw" on it.
Despite being a minor Mitch Kramer purchases a six pack of beer from a pleasant, talkative clerk at a liquor store. The actor David Blackwell who plays the clerk would also play a friendly, accommodating liquor store clerk in Boyhood (2014).
Wooderson and Floyd make references about getting tickets to the Aerosmith concert. Aerosmith did actually play three dates in Texas in 1976, all occurring in June. The first was in Houston, the second in San Antonio, and the third was in Dallas.
One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films.
O'Bannion's car is a 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 and Pickford's car is a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge.
The word "fuck" is used 59 times throughout the film.
Ashley Judd auditioned for the role of Jodi.
Top Notch Burgers is also featured in Varsity Blues (1999).
Bob Dylan's "Hurricane", which plays as Wooderson, Pink and Mitch walk into the pool hall, does not appear on either volume of the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.
When Mitch Kramer speaks with Sabrina in front of the Emporium, he grabs his nose seven times.
The film takes place from May 28 to May 29, 1976.
The infamous hazing scene was shot at the old Americana Theater (out of operation at the time) located at 2200 Hancock Dr., just off Burnet Rd in Austin. It is now the Yarborough Branch of the city library, but still retains some of the original exteriors and signs from the film's era.
When Randall "Pink" Floyd drives Mitch Kramer home, the 8-track they have playing in the car is "Frampton Comes Alive".
Parker Posey and Joey Lauren Adams appeared in the movie Coneheads (1993) as friends of Michelle Burke's character.
Mike, Tony and Cynthia featured in additional scenes, including one in which they steal beer from Cynthia's neighbor's garage (accompanying this scene was Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath"). This scene was shot but was not included in DVD bonus footage.
After Richard Linklater's Slacker, Dazed and Confused was his big break. David Wooderson is considered one of the greatest characters in film history because of Matthew McConaughey's performance and Richard Linklater's directing, writing, and producing.
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Adam Goldberg (Mike) would go on to star alongside Marissa Ribisi's (Cynthia) twin brother Giovanni Ribisi in Saving Private Ryan (1998)
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The original wooden paddles from the movie can still be seen at the top notch burger restaurant.
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Available in The Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu Ray.
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23 years later Richard Linklater would revisit similar themes in his movie Everybody Wants Some!! (2016).
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Ranked #17 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time."
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Cole Hauser and Ben Affleck would later work together in Good Will Hunting (1997).
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This waited over a year after its US debut for its UK release.
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Ben Affleck, Cole Hauser, and Anthony Rapp appeared together the year before in School Ties (1992).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Adam Goldberg (Mike) and Nicky Katt (Clint)'s characters get into a fight towards the end of the film. Both actors would later go on to guest star in the second season of Friends. Marissa Ribsi (Cynthia) would go on to guest star in the third season.
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