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Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 3 December 1999 (UK)
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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Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr., aka David
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Josephine 'Joe' McClintock the Banker
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Doreen Schaefer
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Mrs. Bromley
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The Judge
Jillian Berard ...
Madison 'Maddie'
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Jency (Flaming Batons)
Melissa Arnold ...
Another Happy Girl
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Another Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara ...
Another Happy Girl
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David, Pagent Professional
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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 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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They need pros. They're getting cons. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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3 December 1999 (UK)  »

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Happy Texas - iloiset veikot  »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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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 »

Quotes

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

There are two "porn credits" for Fluffer - Major Burton and Pony Boy
  • Oscar Gumper. These are the first pet and maiden names of the director


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Featured in The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2000) See more »

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Are You Happy Baby
Performed by Lee Roy Parnell with Keb' Mo'
Written by Lee Roy Parnell, Gary Nicholson
Published by Universal-Songs of PolyGram International, Inc. /
Lee Roy Parnell Music (BMI)
(All rights obo Lee Roy Parnell Music controlled and administered
by Universal - Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.) /
Gary Nicholson Music (Adm. by MRB)
Lee Roy Parnell appears courty of Arista Records, Inc.
Keb Mo appears courtesy of OKEH/550 Music
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Warm and funny
11 August 2006 | by (Earth) – 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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