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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mary Ann Taylor
... Jack Parker
... Carla Taylor
... Les Morgan
... Nancy Morgan
... Sam Taylor
... Red Malone
... Evan
Brooke Alderson ... Shelly
... Andy Parker
... Rose Parker
... Janis (as Judy Brown)
Jeff Polk ... Billy Morgan
Zachary DeLoach ... Joey Morgan
... Youngest Morgan Child


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.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

9 September 1983 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Riders on the Storm  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »


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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excellent flick
22 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

This movie was one I watched a long time ago; never the less, I remembered it when i stumbled across it in IMDb. This was a powerful movie for me! It struck a cord in me, and and I have never forgotten it. I was probably only 15 or 16 when I watched it, but it left an impression on me. Boys don't hit girls, EVER! or else.... The fact that I took a great lesson away from the film as a young man and swore that I would never be like that to my wife, is further evidence of the power of this film. Show it to your teenage kids. I don't want to give away the plot of the movie, but a really cruel man torments a woman, beyond her ability to deal with him. The results is explosive. If you have ever heard the song Independence Day you will have a good idea of the way this movie ends up.

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