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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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Four friends from the small Texas town of Dancer are graduating from high school and are planning to move to L.A. after graduation, taking the population of Dancer down to 77 from 81. All ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Keller Coleman
... Terrell Lee Lusk
... John Hemphill
... Squirrel
... Josie Hemphill
... Mrs. Lusk
... Mr. Lusk
... Earl
Wayne Tippit ... Keller's Grandfather
... Vivian
... Squirrel's Father
... Sue Ann
Michael Crabtree ... Mr. Hemphill
Lashawn McIvor ... Mrs. Hemphill
... Leon


Four friends from the small Texas town of Dancer are graduating from high school and are planning to move to L.A. after graduation, taking the population of Dancer down to 77 from 81. All other 77 residents feel threatened by their decision and decide to spoil their plans by all means possible. Written by Anonymous

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in the middle of nowhere they had everything


Comedy | Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dancer, Texas  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,983, 3 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$565,592, 19 July 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gas station where the four boys go to hang out was built for this movie and never was a working gas station. They left it up for an attraction when people drive into Fort Davis, it just recently collapsed (2006). See more »


The students state that Brewster County Texas is the largest county in the US. It is the largest county in Texas, but San Bernardino County California is approximately three times larger. See more »


Mr. Lusk: Come over here, I wanna' show you something.
Mr. Lusk: [Showing his son the company's balance sheet] This is what it's worth, right now.
Terrell Lee Lusk: [Nervous laughter] Why, that's nearly three-quarters of a million dollars!
Mr. Lusk: [Soberly] Son, in bookkeeping, parentheses around a number means it's a negative number.
Terrell Lee Lusk: [Slightly shocked] We're three-quarters of a million dollars... in debt?
Mr. Lusk: Hell, it was even worse last year.
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Referenced in Playing by Heart (1998) See more »


Where I Come From
Written by Steve Dorff, Gary Harju and Troy Cassar-Daley
Arranged and produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by Timothy R. Hopkins
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Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
16 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was bored one Sunday morning in August 2004 and I was surfing through the channels and I stumbled on this movie that was on one of the premium channels. I was getting more and more into it as the plot was going. My favorite character is Squirrel played by Ethan Embry. After seeing it on TV, I just had to buy it on DVD and I have showed this movie to many of my friends and they love it! It was amazing to see that the director of this movie Tim McCanlies directed Secondhand Lions. This movie shows what true friendship really is and what small town life is about. I recommend this movie to everyone and it is great for the whole family to watch.

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