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The Parade (1984)

Set in a small town in Kansas during the days before the town's annual Fourth of July parade, this rural drama follows Rachel Kirby whose life is thrown into turmoil when her estranged, ... See full summary »


Peter H. Hunt


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Learned ... Rachel Kirby
Frederic Forrest ... Matt Kirby
Rosanna Arquette ... Tilda Kirby
Maxwell Caulfield ... Jeff
James Olson ... Andy Janacek
Geraldine Page ... Sarah
Tom Wees Tom Wees ... Crow
Angela Wallace Angela Wallace ... Aggie
Karla Burns Karla Burns ... Hottie
Adam Mueller Adam Mueller ... Mitchie
Steve Frazier Steve Frazier ... Officer Chibbs
Troy Mays Troy Mays ... Manager
Andy Musick Andy Musick ... Clint
James Erickson James Erickson ... Burt
Ruth McCormick Ruth McCormick ... Mrs. Wallace


Set in a small town in Kansas during the days before the town's annual Fourth of July parade, this rural drama follows Rachel Kirby whose life is thrown into turmoil when her estranged, drifter husband Matt returns after spending seven years in prison to ask her to let him be a part of her life again which also affects Rachel's teenage daughter Tilda and Rachel's mother Sarah. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 February 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit Parade See more »

Filming Locations:

Kansas, USA See more »

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Hill/Mandelker Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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I was in this film
21 June 2006 | by jasmine2501See all my reviews

I was an extra in this film when I was 13 years old. I lived in Halstead, Kansas at the time, and it was probably the weirdest extravaganza to ever occur in that town. I'm in the background of a scene with Rosanna Arquette, and I'm also in the 'Parade' scene in the band. It was a fun experience and I made more money than I'd ever seen before for two days of hangin around. I got to meet the members of 'Toto' as well, since the famous 'Rosanna' was there.

It's not a bad movie but it's not that good either. I can understand the characters, but it's not a good portrayal of small town life. My dad, a small town minister and former UCLA film student, was asked to critique the script, but they didn't take any of his ideas into consideration. At the time, it was rumoured that the film was some kind of tribute to 'Picnic' (1955, Bill Holden/Kim Novak, also filmed partly in Halstead), but if anything, it's an insult to make that comparison. It's just a standard TV movie from the 80s :)


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