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Independence Day (1983)

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mandel

Writer:

Alice Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary Ann Taylor
David Keith ... Jack Parker
Frances Sternhagen ... Carla Taylor
Cliff De Young ... Les Morgan
Dianne Wiest ... Nancy Morgan
Josef Sommer ... Sam Taylor
Bert Remsen ... Red Malone
Richard Farnsworth ... Evan
Brooke Alderson Brooke Alderson ... Shelly
Noble Willingham ... Andy Parker
Anne Haney ... Rose Parker
Judith Brown ... Janis (as Judy Brown)
Jeff Polk Jeff Polk ... Billy Morgan
Zachary DeLoach Zachary DeLoach ... Joey Morgan
Scott Simpson ... Youngest Morgan Child
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Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real passion is photography, but pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer means leaving Mercury behind. Despite her desperation to expand her horizons, Mary Ann hesitates to leave because of her mother's declining health and because of her new romance with Jack Parker. Jack is a mechanic who just returned to town after realizing the cruelties of the outside world. He experienced big-city living first-hand and wants nothing more than to settle down back home. But Jack and Mary Ann soon find that cruelties exist in their own little town when Jack discovers that his sister Nancy is being brutally beaten and routinely abused by her husband Les. While Jack struggles with how to help Nancy, Mary Ann is faced with a crucial choice about her future: stay in ... Written by skillwithaquill

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A small town is a hard place to have a big dream.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »

Quotes

Jack Parker: [about Les] You could leave him.
Nancy Morgan: He'd find me.
Jack Parker: Change your name.
[Nancy laughs]
Jack Parker: Go on, pick one! Pick a new name. Pick a name, any name. Come on.
Nancy Morgan: Oh... uh. I can't think of any.
Jack Parker: How about Laura?
Nancy Morgan: [laughs] Oh, God! That's worse than the one I've got!
Jack Parker: Hey, what's wrong with your name? It's beautiful just like you are. You're beautiful.
[cradles her face in his hands. Nancy suddenly bursts into tears]
[...]
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Trouble On the Road
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Well worth it if you are in a sentimental mood.
25 April 2003 | by Olov_LiljeborgSee all my reviews

This, I suppose, largely forgotten movie just aired on Swedish late-night television. I don't expect many people saw it. I only happened upon it myself. But it managed to catch my interest.

It is a small, unassuming movie. Nothing remarkable, but well-acted and warm at heart. It paints a believable picture of small-town life, not just in America, but in most of the Western world. As I watched it I realized that it could very easily be adapted to Swedish conditions. You would really only need to change the names, and let it take place in the cold north of Sweden, with Stockholm the glowing city in the sun. The same longing for something more, and the same fear of the unknown exists right here. I guess it's universal.

Anyway, the movie is well worth watching. It is far better than its recent over-hyped and under-acted namesake.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders on the Storm See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,685, 23 January 1983

Gross USA:

$151,462
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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