Angus (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 September 1995 (USA)
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A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tuxedo Salesman
Meg Bethune
Science Teacher
Salim Grant ...
Epatha Harris ...
Ellen, Election Girl
Steven Hartman ...
Rick - Age 11
Robin Lynn Heath ...
Jody Cole
Grant Hoover ...
Angus - Age 8
Evan Kaufman ...
Alex Immergluch
Mr. Stoff
Michael McLeod ...
Rick - Age 8


Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with the rest of the school) that he is chosen to dance with her at the Winter Ball. The only one not surprised is the cool-kid who set him up to fail, but Angus' best friend is going to help him win the heart of Melissa by developing a new look for him. Written by Michael Silva <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some coarse adolescent language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Angus - O Comilão  »

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Box Office


$4,821,759 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the original short story, Angus' dad was alive and both of his parents were gay. When the movie was first shot, Angus' mom was straight and his dad was gay. After the final cut, the filmmakers decided to abandon the "gay parents" situation for good. The beginning - and some key scenes - were re-shot with George C. Scott in his present role as Angus' grandfather. See more »


After Angus drops Melissa at her house, they are talking. Every time the camera angle changes, his hair is in a different style. See more »


[first lines]
Angus: My mother named me after my father, Angus; a cow's name, which didn't help matters much, because I was a big kid. My mother was in labor with me for two days, but it was my father who died during child birth. He had a heart attack waiting for her to deliver, but this wasn't really my problem. In fact, I perceived my family situation as relatively normal, until I began to collect expert opinion around kindergarten.
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References Barney & Friends (1992) See more »


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Performed by Ash
Written by Ash
Produced by Marc Waterman
Mixed by Rob Cavallo and Jerry Finn
(p) 1995 Warner Bros. Records and Infectious Records, Ltd.
Songs of Polygram International, Inc. (BMI)
Ash appears courtesy of Infectious Records, Ltd.
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A Great Movie
15 March 1999 | by (Staten Island, NY) – See all my reviews

It is a shame "Angus" never got the high praise or exposure it really deserves. At times gut-wrenching in its portrayal of high school cruelness, at other times sweetly heartwarming in its portrayal of high school innocence, "Angus" is an endearing good guy trapped in a waspy, snake-pit-like high school in Anytown, USA. The strength of "Angus" is its believability; of course it's far-fetched at times, it's a movie, and yet it still works amazingly well. Charlie Talbert and Chris Owen, Angus and Troy, respectively, are a real treat to watch as the pair of outcasts. Their chemistry radiates offscreen, and they become both heroes and comic relief in a combination that drives them to the audience's heart. Some of the film's best belly laughs, in fact, are direct results of their all-too-believable dialogue.

James Van Der Beek is one of the most hateable bad guys I've seen in some time, and boy he plays it well. What a deliciously different role, compared to his often annoying "Dawson's Creek" persona! This is some great work by him, even if its not a lot. Strong support from George C. Scott and Kathy Bates; it was fun watching them in a heartfelt film like this, especially Scott, General Patton himself. Please, if you ever get the chance to see this film, SEE IT!! You will not be untouched nor remorseful. You'll have a new favorite way to pass an hour and a half. (Great score by David Russo, I'd love to see a release of it!)

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