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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 ...
Another Happy Girl
Another Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara ...
Another Happy Girl
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 <>

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They need pros. They're getting cons. 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  »

Filming Locations:


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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


During the climax, Sheriff Chappy shoots nine shots out of his revolver without reloading. See more »


[to Josephine through the prison fence]
Harry Sawyer: Don't make me come after you, they'll shoot me!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the people in Happy, Texas... even though we shot entirely on location in Piru, California. Sorry. See more »


References Flipper (1964) See more »


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A real feel-good film
13 February 2004 | by (Gothenburg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Happy, Texas is one of these films that you know from the beginning will end well, where everything work out, eventually, and nobody gets killed.

But it sure ain't all sweet, as foul language and sex is comic parts of the story, as are two supposedly gay men (they have stolen a camper belonging to two gay mane, so they, two escaped convicts, have to impersonate these guys for a while), a gay sheriff and so on.

The acting is nigh perfect, the story ludicrous, and it is all a great saga, but very modern at that. When Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr teaches the small girls how to dance on scene is one of the funniest scenes I've seen for a long time, and in all it outshines similar films by quite some distance!

If only Stuart Little had some of this energy and love of life, sigh!


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