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Slacker (1990)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 5 July 1991 (USA)
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.

Director:

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Black and White (bar scene)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
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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lost in America
3 January 2011 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

The title of Richard Linklater's deadpan debut feature describes a new generation of young, educated, aimless social misfits, part of a young neo-bohemian subculture of drifters, dreamers, and losers with no money, no ambitions, and no worries outside the occasional paranoid conspiracy theory. Their marginal lifestyle revolves around the concept of (in slacker vernacular) 'hanging out': eating, sleeping, watching TV, drinking coffee, and listening to the latest, local garage bands. But what they do best is simply talk, and the viewer is invited to eavesdrop on an extended series of hilarious soliloquies, anecdotes, and observations about politics, history, art, Smurfs, and UFOs, from a cast of nearly 100 genuine slackers pulled off the streets of Austin, Texas, apparently a hub of slackerdom. The film (not a documentary) is structured entirely around random encounters, methodically following one character after another, with no plot to interrupt all the verbal detours and digressions. It looks (and sounds) entirely improvised, but believe it or not was all carefully scripted and choreographed, and the result is one of the more unique and original American features of its time.


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