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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 1 May 1998 (USA)
Four friends from the small Texas town of Dancer are graduating from high school and are planning to move to L.A. after graduation, taking the population of Dancer down to 77 from 81. All ... See full summary »

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Four friends from the small Texas town of Dancer are graduating from high school and are planning to move to L.A. after graduation, taking the population of Dancer down to 77 from 81. All other 77 residents feel threatened by their decision and decide to spoil their plans by all means possible. Written by Anonymous

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in the middle of nowhere they had everything

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$87,983 (USA) (1 May 1998)

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$565,592 (USA) (17 July 1998)
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A major arraignment was postponed at the local courthouse so scenes could be shot. The court house stood in for Dancer's High School. See more »

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[Looking up at the stars]
Squirrel: Let me get this straight, the universe was chaos right? Now billions and billions of years later, it works out to the point where me and my father 'the drunk' living in a trailer in the outskirts of Dancer, Texas.
Terrell Lee Lusk: So, what's your point?
Squirrel: Well I don't have a point. There is no point, that's my point.
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Referenced in Playing by Heart (1998) See more »

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Where I Come From
Written by Steve Dorff, Gary Harju, Troy Caesar-Daley
Arranged and produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by Timothy R. Hopkins
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Big City Dreams, Small Town Hearts
28 July 1999 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

Coming from a small town in West Virginia I was able to understand the plight of the 4 boys. My friends and I also made a similar pact, although ours started with going to college together and then moving to some big city and living a glamorous life. That's why this movie really struck me.

This movie is for anyone who has ever felt like there has to be more out there. It captures both the charms and pitfalls of small town life. In "Dancer" Squirrel and John both find a situation that suits them, giving them a glimmer of hope for the future, while Keller and Terrell Lee both realize that they will never be able to find the happiness they wish for in Dancer, Texas. At one point, though, both almost hit a point of acceptance that this is what their lives are to be and resolve to themselves that they must stay and make the best of it.

The theme through for this movie is that each of us must find what makes us happy, assessing what we have, what we need, what we want and how we're going to balance these. We can't always have everything we want, and sometimes to get something we have to give up something. And furthermore, we have to remember that what is right for one person may not be right for someone else, no matter how much you might wish it is.


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