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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
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

R.E.M. references this film in their song "What's The Frequency Kenneth?" The lyric "Richard said withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy" is a reference to the text written on one of the "oblique strategies" cards handed out by one of the film's characters. However, the actual line from the film is worded slightly differently, as the card reads "Withdrawing in disgust is not the same as apathy". See more »

Goofs

When Happy-Go-Lucky Guy presses the button to get his change back from the newspaper machine, you clearly see and hear the change falling into the return slot. When he checks to see if it has fallen, he doesn't find anything. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

In memory: George Morris See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roseanne: Hit the Road Jack (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Seven Song
Written and Performed by Stick People
Courtesy of CBS Music
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Absolutely fascinating
19 February 2003 | by hausrathmanSee all my reviews

Director Richard Linklater follows one slacker after another in this absolutely fascinating film. Linklater throws out the rules of traditional movie-making with this low-budget film shot in Austin, Texas. There is no star, in fact, there is no central character. The camera simply follows one person, who meets and relates to a second person, then follows the second person to a third person and so on. Although the structure appears aimless, it remains thematically in focus throughout, and the film introduces enough interesting characters to fill five movies. The only problem is the length. By the end, the novelty starts to wear off a little bit.


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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, 7 July 1991

Gross USA:

$1,228,108

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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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