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 <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  »

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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Did You Know?


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


Happy is said to be in southwestern Texas near El Paso. In fact, the real Happy is in the northern part of the state between Amarillo and Lubbock. See more »


Marshal Nalhober: Great googely moogely!
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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 Flipper (1964) See more »


Me Neither
Performed by Brad Paisley
Written by Brad Paisley, Chris Dubois, Frank Rogers
Published by EMI April Music, Inc. / Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP)
(All rights for Sea Gayle Music controlled and administered by
EMI April Music, Inc.)
Brad Paisley appears courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A patently unfunny sitcom episode of a film
26 August 1999 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

I didn't laugh once. Could Steve Zahn be any more overrated? Could Jeremy Northam possibly have any less charisma? Actually, the person who fares the worst in this sad, sad production is Ally Walker. Her made-for-television acting consists of eye-fluttering and grimacing. Pure, unadulterated badness. And all the stereotyping this story engages in: hick cliches, gay cliches, romantic cliches. What a stinker.

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