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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:
Ms. Schaefer
Bob Maslow
Mrs. Bromley
The Judge
Jillian Berard ...
Melissa Arnold ...
Other Happy Girl
Other Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara ...
Other Happy Girl


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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Two escaped convicts roll into the town of Happy, Texas where they pose as gay couple to elude the local sheriff who has a few sexual secrets of his own. 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 USA:

$72,056, 3 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,943,649, 19 December 1999
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot over a period of 22 days. See more »


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


Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr.: If you ever leave me with a kid again I'll make sure you never have one. You have no idea what those screaming booger eaters are like. They expect you to... know stuff!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Trading Places (1983) See more »


Honky Tonk Song
Performed by BR5-49
Written by Buck Peddy, Mel Tillis
Published by Sony/ATV Songs LLC / dba Tree Publishing Co. /
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BR5-49 appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Warm and funny
11 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film is about 2 straight escaped prisoners having to pose as 2 gay beauty pageant organisers to conceal their identities.

This film started a bit slow, but soon afterward it became very funny. Steve Zahn did very well in his role, and he was very convincing as a rough bandit. His solo performance on doing funny movements and pulling silly faces was fun to watch.

I also enjoyed the subplot about the sheriff (William H Macy) and David (Jeremy Northam) a lot. Wiliam H Macy gave a fine performance especially in the scene where they went hunting for hares, and in the scene where David refused him to enter the room when they were preparing for the performance. I could relate to sheriff's character so much that I felt his pain. My heart ached when I saw the sheriff crying on the hill.

I do recommend this film, it is warm and funny!

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