A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.

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Chris Crutcher (short story), Jill Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Anzilotti ... Tuxedo Salesman
Kathy Bates ... Meg Bethune
Robert Curtis Brown ... Alexander
Kevin Connolly ... Andy
Tony Denman ... Kid
Yvette Freeman ... Science Teacher
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Mike
Epatha Harris Epatha Harris ... Ellen, Election Girl
Steven Hartman Steven Hartman ... Rick - Age 11
Robin Lynn Heath Robin Lynn Heath ... Jody Cole
Grant Hoover Grant Hoover ... Angus - Age 8
Evan Kaufman Evan Kaufman ... Alex Immergluch
James Keane ... Coach
Irvin Kershner ... Mr. Stoff
Michael MacLeod Michael MacLeod ... Rick - Age 8 (as Michael McLeod)
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Storyline

Angus is a large, pathetic 14-year-old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of a schoolmate named Melissa Lefevre. He is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever "getting" her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with his schoolmates) that he is chosen to dance with her at the Winter Ball. The only one not surprised is the cool-kid who set him up to fail, but his best friend is going to help him win Melissa's heart by developing a new look for him. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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For everyone on the outside looking in... your moment has arrived!

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some coarse adolescent language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The shots in front of the school and at the football game were shot at Owatonna High School in Owatonna, Minnesota. The marching band playing during the opening credits is the actual Owatonna High School Marching Band. See more »

Goofs

After Angus drops Melissa at her house, they are talking. Every time the camera angle changes, his hair is in a different style. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Angus: My mother named me after my father, Angus; a cow's name, which didn't help matters much, because I was a big kid. My mother was in labor with me for two days, but it was my father who died during child birth. He had a heart attack waiting for her to deliver, but this wasn't really my problem. In fact, I perceived my family situation as relatively normal, until I began to collect expert opinion around kindergarten.
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Alternate Versions

The cable television version on TNT contains many deleted scenes not shown on the theatrical version including:
  • Extended dialogue between Angus and Troy in the locker room.
  • Scene with Angus helping his grandfather move some of his stuff to April's house.
  • Scene with Angus talking with his grandfather and April at April's house. The scene also shows the grandfather's dance move "the irish swoon" which is described to Angus earlier in the film.
  • Extended scene where Angus goes to the dancing lesson, including Angus and Troy commenting on the teachers good looks.
  • Scene with Angus and his mom eating Hagandaas ice cream in the kitchen where they talk about the upcoming dance.
  • Extended scene where Angus is trying on suits.
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Connections

Referenced in Homestarrunner.com: Everything Else, Volume 2 (2006) See more »

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Enough
Performed by Dance Hall Crashers
Written by Dance Hall Crashers
Produced by Rob Cavallo
Mixed by Jerry Finn
(p) 1995 (510) Records
Dance Hall Crashers appear courtesy of (510) Records
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Comedy?!
2 February 2002 | by LarsNethsSee all my reviews

I caught this one zapping around during morning television. I saw a bunch of my favorite actors (George C. Scott, Kathy Bates) and decided to sit it out.

My conclusion, "Angus" is an overlooked gem.

One thing baffles me though: this movie is listed as comedy, but I found not much to laugh about.

"Angus" is in fact a rather painful movie to watch sometimes, because the strongest subject matter it deals with is bullying.

It deals some very real and emotional issues, about parents' frustration about their inability to protect their children all the time. The acting is superb, and to be honest, the comic relief was a tad out of place.

The movie contains some very good acting and some excellent scenes and dialogue. It also features a heart wrenching monologue by Angus (played by Charlie Talbert) when he confides in his grandfather (George C. Scott), who's about to be married.

So, see beyond the awkward comic elements and "Angus" is an enjoyable, "actor driven" movie that did not get the attention it deserved.

You'll probably enjoy the soundtrack as well. Whatever happened to the obviously talented Talbert anyway?


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Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Stillwater, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,915,192, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$4,821,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,821,759
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