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Angus (1995)

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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.

Writers:

Chris Crutcher (short story), Jill Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

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 McLeod Michael McLeod ... Rick - Age 8
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Storyline

Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with the rest of the school) 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 Angus' best friend is going to help him win the heart of Melissa 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!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angus - O Comilão See more »

Filming Locations:

Stillwater, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,821,759
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Throughout the film, the band Green Day is referenced many times. Green Day's then producer Rob Cavallo is the film's executive producer. This isn't by coincidence. Cavallo has never produced movies, only albums for Reprise Records. See more »

Goofs

In the opening football scene, when Angus makes a tackle, the football clearly falls to the ground. In the next shot, it is still seen soaring through the air. 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

References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Mrs. You And Me
Written by Josh Caterer
Performed by Smoking Popes
Produced by Phil Bonnet
(p) 1994 Capitol Records/Smoking Popes (ASCAP)
Smoking Popes appear courtesy of Capitol 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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