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Fandango (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 January 1985 (USA)
Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gardner Barnes
... Phil Hicks
... Kenneth Waggener
Chuck Bush ... Dorman
Brian Cesak ... Lester Griffin
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Truman Sparks
... The Girl
... Trelis
... Gas Station Mechanic
... Judy
Robyn Rose ... Lorna
Stanley Grover ... Phil's Dad
... Phil's Mom
... Heckler #1
Michael Conn ... Heckler #2
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Storyline

It's 1971 at the University of Texas, Austin. College buddies, facing graduation, marriage, and the draft, skip out of their own graduation party and head to the Mexican border for some adventure, a buried secret, and one last go-around at "the privileges of youth". Written by Scott Butler <sydtech@skypoint.com>

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It's the privilege of youth.

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Comedy | Drama

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25 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Фанданго  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$50,437, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,666
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The movie is based on a short student film directed by Kevin Reynolds when he was in USC film school. The student film is basically just the skydiving sequence, based on a true story. Steven Spielberg, having seen the student film, recruited Reynolds to direct a full-length movie based on it. See more »

Goofs

During the helicopter/airplane chase in Dallas, the highway exit signs mention Stillwater, apparently indicating that the scene was shot somewhere in Oklahoma. See more »

Quotes

Gardner: There's nothing wrong with going nowhere, son. It's a privilege of youth.
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References Giant (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Ay te dejo en San Antonio
Written by Santiago Jiménez (uncredited)
Performed by Los Lobos
Courtesy of Slash Records
Published by San Antonio Music Publishers, Inc.
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Really good and evidently underrated
14 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this movie as a young, nine or ten year-old impressionable kid, so there are some sentimental attachments to this. This movie is very clever. As a comedy, it's amazing; some of the ideas (the parachute scene, for example) are absolutely genius. On top of all this is an amazing soundtrack, in which each song fits each scene eerily beautifully. When I first saw this movie I had just started guitar lessons and was leaning toward hard rock. This movie turned me on to some other heavy, tear-jerker type songs in "It's too late" (Carole King) and "Can't find my way home" by Blind Faith. Beautiful stuff. One of the few Elton John songs I like, "Saturday night's alright" as well as "Spooky" are perfectly placed. But nothing is placed as perfect as Pat Metheney's "It's for you". Now, I was a hard rocker and had only heard of Metheney when I saw this. This tune is so beautiful and haunting on it's own, and where it is in the movie, I almost dare you not to cry. Someone I know thought the movie was also sad, so it'ts unique. I would still classify it as a comedy more than anything. Funny stuff.


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