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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

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

Richard Linklater originally didn't want to act in this film. See more »

Goofs

Although the credits list the final song as "Die Graskop Polska", it is actually "Skokiaan". Decades after this seminal film, Mr. Linklater noted that he mistakenly credited the wrong track from the sourced LP. 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

At the end of the credits, the usual disclaimer is replaced with: "This story was based on fact. Any similiarity with fictional events or characters is entirely coincidental." See more »

Connections

References Alternative 3 (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

White Walls
Words by Scott Marcus
Music by Glass Eye
Performed by Glass Eye
Courtesy of Bar None Records and Vomit Creek Publishing
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Cult film must!
3 May 1999 | by Ratso-5See all my reviews

I agree with the other people who have praised this film, it is terrific. I also own a copy and find that I seldom make it all the way through. Still I keep it and periodically go back to it because I can't wait for a particular character to show up or to be reminded of one that I'd forgotten. And best of all....I think that I've known most of these people at some time in my life! As bizarre as all of these characters are they are very much like some of the wackos everybody encounters throughout their lifetime. Linklater did a very good job of his caricatures and drew excellent performances out of his cast.


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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:

Color | Black and White (bar scene)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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