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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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Took 25 days to film. 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 »


Squirrel: Beats me why women fall for some men instead of others.
Sue Ann: I bet you got a lot of girlfriends, huh?
Squirrel: Yeah, right.
Sue Ann: Well, I'll bet pretty soon some girl's gonna' come along, see how nice you are and chase after you 'til you marry her.
Squirrel: No, ma'am. It don't work like that. See, women don't chase after nice guys. They chase after guys like HIM and try to turn 'em into nice guys. It doesn't work.
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Referenced in Playing by Heart (1998) See more »


Where I Come From
Written by Steve Dorff, Gary Harju, Troy Caesar-Daley
Arranged and produced by Steve Dorff
Performed by Timothy R. Hopkins
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A feel-good film of the first order
13 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

I walked away from this film with an incredibly good feeling; it was great. It features four young boys on the day of their graduation. They had made a childhood pact to leave their tiny town right after graduation. The audience watches as family interests and friends conflict with hopes, dreams, and practicality. For the record, I'd like to add that this is a great film to see even just for the performances of Breckin Meyer and Ethan Embry. Meyer is the story's dubious hero; he's self-centered but so good-natured and hopeful that you can't help but like him. Embry's character is dirt-poor and has a drunk for a father, but he's so incredibly goofy and sweet that at the end of the movie, you find yourself cheering for him. I recommend this movie to pretty much anyone. There's no sex, no violence, and only a tiny amount of cursing. An especially good movie to watch in groups.

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