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Tex (1982)

PG | | Drama | 30 July 1982 (USA)
After their mother dies and their father leaves them, teenage brothers Tex and Mason McCormick struggle to make it on their own.

Director:

Tim Hunter

Writers:

S.E. Hinton (novel), Charles S. Haas (screenplay) (as Charlie Haas) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Tex McCormick
Jim Metzler ... Mason McCormick
Meg Tilly ... Jamie Collins
Bill McKinney ... Pop McCormick
Frances Lee McCain ... Mrs. Johnson
Ben Johnson ... Cole Collins
Emilio Estevez ... Johnny Collins
Jack Thibeau Jack Thibeau ... Coach Jackson
Zeljko Ivanek ... Hitchhiker
Tom Virtue ... Bob Collins
Pamela Ludwig Pamela Ludwig ... Connie
Jeff Fleury Jeff Fleury ... Roger
Suzanne Costollos Suzanne Costollos ... Fortune Teller (as Suzanne Costallos)
Marilyn Redfield Marilyn Redfield ... Ms. Carlson
Mark Arnott ... Kelly
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Storyline

After their mother dies and their father leaves them, teenage brothers Tex and Mason McCormick struggle to make it on their own.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

His father's gone. His mother's a memory. His brother's moving on. But Tex McCormick isn't giving in. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 July 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tex: Um Retrato da Juventude See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,000,536
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tex's birthday is October 22. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, when Tex rides Rowdy in the stalls, the red pickup is seen on the left side of the house. When Tex goes in the house the truck is parked on the right side of the house. And when Johnny comes up on his motorbike to pick up Tex, the pickup truck is in the front, when no one went outside to move the pickup truck. See more »

Quotes

Ms. Carlson: And Tex, I don't want another report on "Smokey the Cow Horse"
Tex McCormick: Yeah, but I read it everytime
Ms. Carlson: Why don't you read another book by the same author?
Tex McCormick: You mean, that guy, wrote another book?
Ms. Carlson: Yes Tex, in the library.
Tex McCormick: Oh, wow!
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Godfather (Main Theme)
(uncredited)
Written by Nino Rota
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Unpretentious coming of age story
7 April 2012 | by bandwSee all my reviews

The story is of two teenage brothers living together on a small property in Bixby, Oklahoma (a small town about twenty miles south of Tulsa). Tex (Matt Dillon) is the younger and Mason (Jim Metzler) is the older. Their mother is dead and their father rarely shows up. The brothers are doing everything they can to avoid the clutches of social services.

The dynamic of their relationship is one of frustration, love, and anger. Their lives are not easy and money is running out. To buy food and get the lights back on Mason is forced to sell Tex's horse and of course that infuriates Tex and he takes off in a rage. The poignant scene that has Mason drive his pickup along the road to coax Tex back is an early scene that establishes the tone of the relationship between the siblings.

It is not clear where this story will go. There are some moments along the way where it looks like Tex is going to take a very wrong turn when in the company of a drug dealing friend.

The young Dillon and Metzler carry the movie by their natural performances; the kids talk and act like most kids of their age did in that place and time (early 1980s). The fact that the movie was filmed on location in Bixby and Tulsa adds to the feeling of authenticity.

This movie does not go beyond the scope of being a simply-told, affecting tale and, within that scope, it delivers admirably. Some sentimentality creeps in toward the end, but for what it is I found this modest movie satisfying.


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