Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Romance  |  3 December 1999 (UK)
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Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka David
Josephine 'Joe' McClintock the Banker
Doreen Schaefer
Mrs. Bromley
The Judge
Jillian Berard ...
Madison 'Maddie'
Jency (Flaming Batons)
Melissa Arnold ...
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Tiffany Takara ...
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David, Pagent Professional


Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity and using their skill as con-men, the two adopt their persona to take on the task. Of course, as the two are heterosexual, their interest in the involved ladies intensifies. Ally Walker is a banker, who is distrustful of men and has given up on love. Illeana Douglas plays the dowdy, badly dressed teacher. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Escaped convicts disguised as beauty pageant experts? This could get ugly. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Texas - iloiset veikot  »

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Box Office


$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$72,056 (USA) (1 October 1999)


$1,943,649 (USA) (17 December 1999)

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With the exception of a few scenes, the film was shot entirely on location in Piru, California. See more »


The hotdog that Jo was eating at the auction. See more »


Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: [to the bully] You come anywhere near these girls again, I won't say nothin'. I'm just gonna come over to your house late at night when you're asleep and kill you with a chainsaw.
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Crazy Credits

No animals were harmed in the making of this film, but a few rabbits had their feelings hurt. See more »


References A Fish Called Wanda (1988) See more »


Shot Gun
Written by Buck Miller
Performed by Southern Culture on the Skids
Published by Monkey Dog Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Happy, Texas? No, Happy Universe, this film is hilarious!
8 August 2006 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Two prisoners (Jeremy Northam and Steve Zahn) escape their chain gang when a fracas starts because of a road kill armadillo! They make it to the small town of Happy, Texas where they discover that the gay beauty pageant experts everyone is waiting for, won't be coming after all. Figuring that they can hide in plain site with the right credentials, the duo steps into the world of little-girl beauty contests. Northam takes care of the behind the scenes activities while Zahn must teach the little gals their big dance number. Their methods are, to say the least, a bit unorthodox but the town embraces them mightily. However, posing as gay advisers has its disadvantages when the town's banker and the pageant assistant are both lovely ladies. How long will the convicts be able to keep up with appearances? This film is a darling and humorous gem. Zahn and Ilieana Douglas, especially, give all-out hilarious turns as the pageant advisers. Northam, a distinguished Brit in real life, charms the audience with his great looks and his commitment to his role as a "screw-up" from Texas. Ally Walker and William H. Macy, as well as the rest of the great cast, support the principals nicely. The small town Texas setting, the clever script, and the fun costumes complete one's fondest desires. Even if you've never heard of this film, don't pass it by. Although its gay undertones may be offensive to a few, its gleeful mirth and constant giggle-getting scenes mean a good time will be had by all who watch the film.

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