It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.Written by
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Adam Goldberg, in a 2003 Texas Monthly feature recapping the movie, said that the fight scene between his and Nicky Katt's characters was what specifically led him to want the role. See more »
When the guys go to buy beer at the gas/convenience store, they pull in about 20 feet away from the building. When the two get out and one stands guard the car is shown next to the store, and then when they run back to the car it is again about 20 feet away. The gun wielding man comes up to the car as they get in and then when they pull away the car is suddenly facing the road. See more »
Don, have you ever thought about why we play football? How many times have you gotten laid strictly because you're a football player?
I don't know. A few, I guess.
A few? Don, all I'm saying is, I bet we could do just as well if we were in a band or something.
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An earlier cut of the film opens with Randal and others stealing the statues that would later be painted. See more »
What a great, great movie. If you want to know what being in High School in the mid 70's was like, rent this film. I grew up in the metro Manhattan area. We didn't have the freshman hazing, and few of us could afford the cars (although we sure knew about them and lusted after them), but the rest of this movie is so dead on about my experience of High School in the 70's that it's scary. Every character in the film corresponds with someone that I knew during that time. Yes, there was a lot of pot smoking, yes, obtaining beer was quite easy for underage kids...I used to buy it in bars when I was 16. We made pipes in shop class. We hung out and had parties at night, drove the streets drinking beers and smoking joints listening to the same music. There were no youth centers though. The girls that I knew were as beautiful, and also struggled to get into their jeans. They used pliers too, but they also put them on while they were wet to further get that skintight look. There was no HIV virus to worry about, Herpes was not a big thing then, the biggest worry was getting pregnant. Everyone was having sex... All of these facts also were no big deal. Most of my peers grew up just fine, and now are upstanding pillars of the community. Many today would like you to believe that this is an example of the road to ruin. It was an incredible great time. The film has interesting character development, with the same types I remember. Philosophers, heads (now called stoners), bullies and waifs. This is my American Graffiti and it is perfect. Waxing nostalgic? Perhaps, but anyone that didn't live through that time will sill love the dialog in this film, as it deals with the universal experience of that point in one's life. This is high school in the 70's. Check it out.
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