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Fandango (1985)

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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Kevin Reynolds

Writer:

Kevin Reynolds
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Gardner Barnes
Judd Nelson ... Phil Hicks
Sam Robards ... Kenneth Waggener
Chuck Bush Chuck Bush ... Dorman
Brian Cesak Brian Cesak ... Lester Griffin
Marvin J. McIntyre Marvin J. McIntyre ... Truman Sparks
Suzy Amis ... The Girl
Glenne Headly ... Trelis
Pepe Serna ... Gas Station Mechanic
Elizabeth Daily ... Judy
Robyn Rose Robyn Rose ... Lorna
Stanley Grover Stanley Grover ... Phil's Dad
Jane A. Johnston ... Phil's Mom
Don Brunner ... Heckler #1
Michael Conn 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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фанданго See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,437, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,666
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

According to the date shown on the screen at the beginning, the movie takes place in May 1971. One of the first songs we hear at the frat house is Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", which wasn't released until 1973. See more »

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Phillip: They're airheads Gardener. Bimbos. Little girls with little brains.
Gardner: "well we're not trying to expand their MINDS Phillip so don't get picky on me.
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Written by 'Buddy Buie' (uncredited), James Cobb (uncredited), Harry Middlebrooks (uncredited) and Mike Shapiro (uncredited)
Performed by The Classics IV (as Classics IV)
Courtesy of Liberty Records
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Fantastic coming-of-age road movie
14 February 2005 | by delcieloSee all my reviews

Five friends (the self-named "groovers") go on one final fandango before graduating college and going on to life, war, marriage, etc. Their destination is the Texas desert where they plan to dig up Dom, the friend they buried on the night their group was formed.

The film is a wonderful mix of poignant life lessons and slapstick hilarity. The crew consists of slacker Gardner, life-troubled kenneth, weenie extraordinaire Phil, overweight divinity student Dorman, and unconscious Lester (the fifth groover). As they wind their way through the Texas scrub on their last adventure, each of them faces the approaching life after college in his own way, reacting to his fears and the failings of his friends in the draft years of the Vietnam War.

An unknown Kevin Costner pulls off the role of Gardner Barnes with an easy perfection that would convince you there must be something of Gardner in him. He's utterly convincing as the footloose rascal on a mission to evade life.

The other performances are respectable, including that of Judd Nelson in the role of uptight ROTC cadet Phil Hicks who despises the moral ambiguity of the other characters while starving for their affection.

Though this movie is not a well-known blockbuster, it holds up well against others of the same genre. Definitely worth the price of a rental, and with the February 2005 DVD release, a good addition to your collection. Good music, good humor, and great fun.


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