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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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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 »


After signing for the money at the bank, Harry and Wayne walk along the street looking for a car to steal. The first car on the corner is a 4-door Volvo Sedan. Wayne tries the door and it is locked so they move along to the next car. The shot changes to the next car and in the background you can see a man open the door of a domestic pick-up truck where the Volvo was in the last shot. See more »


Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: Why did the armadillo cross the road?
Harry Sawyer: Why?
Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: [Holds up dead armadillo] It didn't. Look, see?
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Crazy Credits

Wayne Artman is listed as Wayne Wayne Wayne Artman Sr., spoofing Steve Zahn's character name. See more »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.6 (2003) See more »


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Small Texas Town Lives Up To Its Name
28 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Happy Texas is one of the greatest comedies you've probably never heard of. Shot in just 29 days on a shoestring budget, this film's acting, directing, script and comedic timing are so clever and incisive that it has attracted an almost cult following, especially among Steve Zahn fans.

There are plots within plots that all pull together in the end to make a perfect film. Starting with escaped convicts (Wayne Wayne Wayne played by Steve Zahn and Harry Sawyer played by Jeremy Northam) who have to hide and steal an RV belonging to two gay pageant designers, to discovering the gay lifestyle in a small Texas community (Happy), to finding love in the arms of a doe-eyed banker (Ally Walker ...sorry for the cliché, but she really does have doe-eyes), this movie hits on all aspects of life and puts a hilarious spin on them.

The greatest things about this film were Steve Zahn's acting while trying to teach pre-teen girls how to dance, and William H. Macy's stunning performance as Happy's town sheriff who comes out of the closet.

Always sharp, incredibly funny, superbly paced, this movie's small budget belies its excellent acting and directing.

Few films will tickle your funny bone as perfectly as HAPPY Texas. Watch it. Buy it. Live it!

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