Dazed and Confused (1993) Poster


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.
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In the scene where the kids are building the paddles, the teacher in the shop (sleeping) is actually a real teacher at the school, and still works there.
Reportedly one-sixth of the film's budget was spent on acquiring the rights to 1970s pop hits on the soundtrack.
The character of Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) was based on Matthew McConaughey's older brother.
Early on in filming, Matthew McConaughey's father died, so filming was halted while he helped arrange and attend his father's funeral.
Matthew McConaughey's production company's name, JKL Productions, comes from Wooderson's life credo: Just Keep Livin'!
On Thursday, October 7, 2004, former high school classmates of Richard Linklater filed a lawsuit against Universal Studios, saying that the director did not get their permission to use their likenesses and surnames, and now suffer from ridicule. The three men are Bobby Wooderson, Andy Slater, and Richard Floyd. The three men still live in Huntsville, Texas, where according to the lawsuit "we had fun in high school". The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, due to the statute of limitations having expired.
Rory Cochrane, who played Slater in the movie, actually wore a long-hair wig in the film. He said that he'd never had long hair before and that, despite the "cosmopolitan" atmosphere of Austin, Texas, he still got a lot of strange looks from people outside the set.
The word "man" is said two hundred three times in the film.
Shawn Andrews (Pickford) and Jason London (Pink) did not get along during the shoot, and Richard Linklater eventually had to break them up from fighting at one point. This wound up changing the ending, as it was to feature Pickford instead of Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey). This also accounts for their virtual lack of dialogue between each other, despite being in each other's scenes quite a bit.
The beer drunk by most of the cast (excluding minors) was actually real beer. Jason London, however, refused to drink the beer, and was trying to stop smoking as well.
The soldier memorial statues, to which Milla Jovovich adds KISS make-up, were featured more prominently in the shooting script. Several scenes were filmed from their theft, to their confiscation by the police. Some of these scenes were included as DVD bonus features, but several have never been officially released. Shortly after the film's release, Gene Simmons reportedly purchased the two statues for his private collection. He later sold them at the Butterfield's KISS Auction in 2000, for six thousand dollars.
Pink's belt buckle is really a pipe. This is evident when Wooderson and Dawson are talking about the freshman girls in front of the Emporium.
While filming in Texas, Milla Jovovich (Michelle) and Shawn Andrews (Kevin Pickford) eloped to Las Vegas and got married. However, Jovovich was only sixteen or seventeen years old at that time, and her mother had the marriage annulled. It is further interesting that Milla's role in Chaplin (1992), she portrayed an underage girl, who married Charles Chaplin, who was subsequently put on trial for statutory rape.
All the wooden paddles were custom designed by the stars themselves. Check for one that says "17 yrs", noting the year difference between the movie's release and the setting.
The song that Milla Jovovich plinks on her guitar while gazing at the stars, is an excerpt from The Alien Song, a song from Milla's 1994 album, The Divine Comedy.
Top Notch Burgers, the drive-in restaurant in the movie, closed November 14, 2008, after the owner James Stanish passed away. Mr. Stanish worked at Top Notch for thirty-eight years since he was twelve years old. His father originally started the business, which he eventually took over. The restaurant has since been reopened (4-12-09).
Vince Vaughn auditioned for Benny, but was turned down after Richard Linklater decided that he and Ben Affleck resembled each other too closely. Cole Hauser was cast in the role instead.
Renée Zellweger auditioned for a larger role as one of the senior girls, but was given the uncredited role of Nesi White.
Although Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) is notorious as the "older guy who still hangs out with high school students", McConaughey was younger than several of the cast members playing the teenagers, including Sasha Jenson (Don), Joey Lauren Adams (Simone), and Parker Posey (Darla).
Ron talks about how George Washington grew marijuana on his plantation at Mount Vernon, which is true, but it was not grown for people to smoke. He had large fields of cannabis on his plantation, which were used for fiber production. The tough fiber of the plant, cultivated as hemp, has numerous textile uses.
Prior to filming, Wiley Wiggins (Mitch Kramer) had never thrown a baseball in his life. Because of this, a double was used in the pitching scenes.
One of Quentin Tarantino's favorite films.
The location of the "Emporium" pool hall is at the 6600 block of North Lamar Boulevard and Brentwood Street in Austin. The building directly across Brentwood from this location, where O'Bannion (Ben Affleck) gets his just desserts with the white paint ambush, is a former roller rink.
Led Zeppelin recorded a song entitled "Dazed and Confused" on the album "Led Zeppelin 1" released in 1969. There is a subtle reference or homage to Led Zeppelin in the movie. In the scene where Don gets Benny out of wood shop, just after Don gets Slater's attention to signal Benny, listen for Slater's line, "Man, I ain't believin' that shit about Bonham's 1-hour drum solo...I mean, 1 hour on drums...you couldn't handle that shit on strong acid, man." This is a reference to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who would frequently perform extended drum solos at concerts.
Richard Linklater originally wanted the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll" for the movie playing during the end credits, but he didn't get it. Jimmy Page agreed for Linklater to use the song, but Robert Plant denied him.
Richard Linklater's intent with the film, was to create an inverse John Hughes movie.
Ranked at #3 on Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006)
Claire Danes auditioned for the role of Sabrina, but was considered "too classy" by Linklater.
In the high school girls' bathroom, the graffiti over Jodi's shoulder reads, "Jodi Kramer is stuck up!!"
Wooderson's car is a 1970 Chevy Chevelle Super Sport.
The shirt Wooderson is seen wearing throughout the movie, has the "Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes" album "Tooth Fang & Claw" on it.
First feature film role for Matthew McConaughey, Wiley Wiggins, Marissa Ribisi, and Shawn Andrews.
Despite being a minor, Mitch Kramer purchases a six pack of beer from a pleasant, talkative clerk at a liquor store. David Blackwell, who plays the clerk, also played a friendly, accommodating liquor store clerk in Boyhood (2014).
This movie contains three cast members who have a twin sibling; Parker Posey (twin brother, Christopher), Jason London (twin brother, Jeremy London), and Marissa Ribisi (twin brother, Giovanni Ribisi).
Wooderson and Floyd make references about getting tickets to the Aerosmith concert. Aerosmith did actually play three dates in Texas in 1976, all occurring in June. The first was in Houston, the second in San Antonio, and the third was in Dallas.
Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997.
O'Bannion's car is a 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 and Pickford's car is a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge.
The original wooden paddles from the movie, can still be seen at the Top Notch Burger restaurant.
The word "fuck" is used fifty-nine times throughout the film.
Ashley Judd auditioned for the role of Jodi.
Top Notch Burgers is also featured in Varsity Blues (1999).
When Mitch Kramer speaks with Sabrina in front of the Emporium, he grabs his nose seven times.
The film takes place from May 28 to May 29, 1976.
Bob Dylan's "Hurricane", which plays as Wooderson, Pink, and Mitch walk into the pool hall, does not appear on either volume of the Dazed and Confused soundtrack.
The infamous hazing scene was shot at the old Americana Theater (out of operation at the time) located at 2200 Hancock Drive, just off Burnet Road in Austin. It is now the Yarborough Branch of the city library, but still retains some of the original exteriors and signs from the film's era.
When Randall "Pink" Floyd drives Mitch Kramer home, the 8-track they have playing in the car is "Frampton Comes Alive".
Parker Posey and Joey Lauren Adams appeared in Coneheads (1993) as friends of Michelle Burke's character.
Ranked #17 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time."
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Mike, Tony, and Cynthia featured in additional scenes, including one in which they steal beer from Cynthia's neighbor's garage (accompanying this scene was Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath"). This scene was shot, but was not included in DVD bonus footage.
After Richard Linklater's Slacker (1991), Dazed and Confused was his big break. David Wooderson is considered one of the greatest characters in film history, because of Matthew McConaughey's performance, and Richard Linklater's directing, writing, and producing.
Adam Goldberg (Mike) would go on to star alongside Marissa Ribisi's (Cynthia's) twin brother Giovanni in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
Matthew McConaughey's very first line in the movie was ad libbed. "alright alright alright" was the first line of his very first scene of the movie and basically his acting career. The catchphrase has stuck with him ever since.
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Ben Affleck, Cole Hauser, and Anthony Rapp appeared in School Ties (1992).
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Available in The Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu-ray.
Joey Lauren Adams would appear two years later in Mallrats with Jason London's twin brother Jeremy.
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23 years later Richard Linklater would revisit similar themes in his movie Everybody Wants Some!! (2016).
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Cole Hauser and Ben Affleck appeared in Good Will Hunting (1997).
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This waited over a year after its U.S. debut, for its UK release.
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Adam Goldberg and Anthony Rapp also starred in A Beautiful Mind (2001).
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Matthew McConaughey (Wooderson) and Adam Goldberg (Mike) would work together 20 years later in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Adam Goldberg's (Mike's) and Nicky Katt's (Clint's) characters get into a fight towards the end of the film. Both would later go on to guest star in the second season of Friends (1994). Marissa Ribsi (Cynthia) would go on to guest star in the third season.
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