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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 ...
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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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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  »

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?


Shot over a period of 22 days. 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 »


Marshal Nalhober: [about Sheriff Dent] That is one big dick cop.
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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 »


Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.6 (2003) 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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Happy, Texas? No, Happy Universe, this film is hilarious!
8 August 2006 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Two prisoners (Jeremy Northam and Steve Zahn) escape their chain gang when a fracas starts because of a road kill armadillo! They make it to the small town of Happy, Texas where they discover that the gay beauty pageant experts everyone is waiting for, won't be coming after all. Figuring that they can hide in plain site with the right credentials, the duo steps into the world of little-girl beauty contests. Northam takes care of the behind the scenes activities while Zahn must teach the little gals their big dance number. Their methods are, to say the least, a bit unorthodox but the town embraces them mightily. However, posing as gay advisers has its disadvantages when the town's banker and the pageant assistant are both lovely ladies. How long will the convicts be able to keep up with appearances? This film is a darling and humorous gem. Zahn and Ilieana Douglas, especially, give all-out hilarious turns as the pageant advisers. Northam, a distinguished Brit in real life, charms the audience with his great looks and his commitment to his role as a "screw-up" from Texas. Ally Walker and William H. Macy, as well as the rest of the great cast, support the principals nicely. The small town Texas setting, the clever script, and the fun costumes complete one's fondest desires. Even if you've never heard of this film, don't pass it by. Although its gay undertones may be offensive to a few, its gleeful mirth and constant giggle-getting scenes mean a good time will be had by all who watch the film.

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