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Slacker (1990)

A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.

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Richard Linklater

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Linklater ... Should Have Stayed at Bus Station
Rudy Basquez Rudy Basquez ... Taxi Driver
Jean Caffeine ... Roadkill
Jan Hockey Jan Hockey ... Jogger
Stephan Hockey Stephan Hockey ... Running Late
Mark James ... Hit-and-Run Son
Samuel Dietert Samuel Dietert ... Grocery Grabber of Death's Bounty
Bob Boyd Bob Boyd ... Officer Bozzio
Terrence Kirk Terrence Kirk ... Officer Love
Keith McCormack Keith McCormack ... Street Musician
Jennifer Schaudies ... Walking to Coffee Shop
Dan Kratochvil Dan Kratochvil ... Espresso Czar / Masonic Malcontent
Maris Strautmanis Maris Strautmanis ... Giant Cappuccino
Brecht Andersch Brecht Andersch ... Dostoyevsky Wannabe
Tommy Pallotta ... Looking for Missing Friend (as Tom Pallotta)
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Storyline

Presents a day in the life in Austin, Texas among its social outcasts and misfits, predominantly the twenty-something set, using a series of linear vignettes. These characters, who in some manner just don't fit into the establishment norms, move seamlessly from one scene to the next, randomly coming and going into one another's lives. Highlights include a UFO buff who adamantly insists that the U.S. has been on the moon since the 1950s, a woman who produces a glass slide purportedly of Madonna's pap smear, and an old anarchist who sympathetically shares his philosophy of life with a robber. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Richard Linklater's Slacker See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,307, 5 July 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,228,108
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Detour Filmproduction See more »
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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Black and White (bar scene)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Should Have Stayed at Bus Station: [babbling to silent cab driver] Man, I just had the weirdest dream - back on the bus there? Did you ever have one of those dreams that are completely real. I mean they're so vivid. It's just like completely real. It's like, there's always something bizarre going on, though. I have one about every 2 years or something. I always remember 'em real good. Like there's always someone getting run over, or something really weird. Um, one time I had lunch with Tolstoy. Another time I was a ...
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Your tuition money at work
12 September 2001 | by fowlerjonesSee all my reviews

Extreme boredom leads to fascination. Like sands in the hourglass so is this day in the lives of several bohemians living in Austin, TX in 1990. You'll either be bored to tears or fascinated to no end.

If you've ever been to Austin, or spent a sleepy summer in a college town like Lawrence, KS or Madison, WI, then you'll appreciate the parade of pseudo-intellectuals and good-natured conspiracy theorists that provide much of the grist for the script. These offbeat characters and wonderful dialogue make this film memorable.

Remember the traumatized yacht owner in the greasy-spoon diner or the older dude with the toupee from the coffee shop? 'We've been on Mars since the 50's', he says. I loved the loser with the TV strapped to his back and the older guy who found an armed robber in his house, only to take him for a stroll and a friendly chat (about Charles Whitman). I also enjoyed the menstrual-cycle stone garden and the fortune-telling hippie chick with the black eye who was having 'a breakthrough day'. Nearly every conspiracy theory in modern pop-culture is paid lip service during the film. That's a lot of sophistry and navel gazing to be sure!

Not every character is a gem. The Madonna pap-smear girl gets more annoying with every viewing. But I recommend this film for its originality and understated comedic themes.

Much has been made of the tangent approach to the story telling. I think the technique runs out of steam about three-quarters of the way into it. In other words, it's about 20 minutes too long. Still, it's a fun movie!


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