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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Peter Facinelli's wife gave birth to their first child during the filming of this movie. His co-stars Breckin Meyer and Ethan Embry drove him to the airport when he found out she was in labor. The plane was delayed and he coached her through the birth over the phone. See more »

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Squirrel: Beats me why women fall for some men instead of others.
Sue Ann: I bet you got a lot of girlfriends, huh?
Squirrel: Yeah, right.
Sue Ann: Well, I'll bet pretty soon some girl's gonna' come along, see how nice you are and chase after you 'til you marry her.
Squirrel: No, ma'am. It don't work like that. See, women don't chase after nice guys. They chase after guys like HIM and try to turn 'em into nice guys. It doesn't work.
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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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Wonderful story, wonderful performances, wonderful movie
4 July 2002 | by (Austin, Texas) – See all my reviews

In 1998, Tim McCanlies had a crazy idea. He made a movie about a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, in which no one gets killed, nothing gets blown up, no one has sex, and there aren't any aliens from outer space. Thank goodness he saw his crazy idea through; the result is a fabulous movie that I saw in the theater in 1998, and I am not sure I have seen a better movie since then.

The setting of the movie is the fictitious town of Dancer, located in Southwest Texas, where the counties are bigger than the states in the northeast and the people are outnumbered by rattlesnakes. The movie begins on Friday, when four boys are graduating from high school. We learn that, while they were in junior high school, they made a "solemn vow" that as soon as they graduated, they were going to get on the next bus to California to make their mark on the world. Easy to say when you're in junior high, and graduation is years away. But now it's here, and the bus is pulling out on Monday morning. The question is whether any of the boys will follow through.

That's pretty much the plot. What's so special? Simple: the relationships between the boys, between each of them and their family members, and between the folks in the town. This movie, like all great movies, is about the characters' reactions to the circumstances they are in. The characters are real, fleshed out not in bold strokes but in nuances, and their actions, not always predictable, are always believable. Most of us have faced the decision whether to leave the town that we grew up in. It is fascinating to watch these teenagers begin to grow into men -- at an accelerated pace, because of their childhood pledge.

Someday, when you are at the video store and you don't know what to get, you will see this on the shelf. Get it. You will be very, very happy.


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