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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders on the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,685, 23 January 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,462, 31 December 1984
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Connections

Featured in The Cinema Snob: Ghost Fever (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

A Woman to Love
Written and Produced by Charles Bernstein
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I've searched for a very long time for this movie
28 August 2006 | by deefeenie1See all my reviews

I saw this movie probably 20 years ago and believe you me, I have never forgotten it. This is a very intense and compelling drama that contains some very serious subject matter, that being spousal abuse of the worst kind. The abused character,(Diane Weist)depicts the sorrowful circumstances of a woman caught-up in a really bad marriage and the way she exacts her revenge is the spellbinding climax of the movie. Having firsthand knowledge of this subject matter I found the movie to be one of the first to depict one of the many ways an abused woman does in the end truly claim independence. I'm very sorry to say that I don't really remember the details of the other characters' story line, but I surely remembered Diane Weist's character. I would certainly enjoy seeing it again.


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