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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, 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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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #247. See more »

Goofs

The taxi cab that Linkletter's character gets into at the Trailways station is not the one he later gets out of near campus. The second one has a different unit number, a No Smoking sign, and a missing whitewall tire. 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 »

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Die Graskop Polka
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Early nineties indie ensemble piece, think arthouse singles
26 August 2003 | by Cypher_unknownSee all my reviews

Linklaters debut is too often condemned by that timeless criticism of 'arthouse pretention'. Basically a series of glimpses into the lives of what must be too many characters to name or list here, think perhaps of Magnolia, but with that early nineties social discontent that provided the backdrop for (but not the focus of) Crowe's 'Singles'.

Claims of pretention seem to lie with the occasional philosophical musings of the films malcontents, but Linklater tempers this by placing the dialogue firmly within popular culture, a style that was popularised in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction three years later. It would be erroneous to claim that all the film's dialogue, which is peppered with what are often referred to as 'in-jokes' and references, would be completely understood by all viewers, but since many of these undoubtedly flew over my head, its clear that this is not a hindrance at all.

Ultimately, the viewer that aims to understand and have known all the concepts peppered within the slacker's idle musings has missed the point. Theres a lot of humour here, and besides, if you were one such person, you would be exactly the sort of idle philosopher that Linklater so sharply satirises here, along with the other oddball characters and conspiracy theorists that make this a great offbeat comedy.


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