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:
Breckin Meyer ... Keller Coleman
Peter Facinelli ... Terrell Lee Lusk
Eddie Mills ... John Hemphill
Ethan Embry ... Squirrel
Ashley Johnson ... Josie Hemphill
Patricia Wettig ... Mrs. Lusk
Michael O'Neill ... Mr. Lusk
Eddie Jones ... Earl
Wayne Tippit ... Keller's Grandfather
Alexandra Holden ... Vivian
Keith Szarabajka ... Squirrel's Father
Shawn Weatherly ... Sue Ann
Michael Crabtree ... Mr. Hemphill
Lashawn McIvor Lashawn McIvor ... Mrs. Hemphill
Joe Stevens ... 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 »

Did You Know?


Peter Facinelli's wife (girlfriend at the time), Beverly Hills 90210 star Jennie Garth, gave birth to their first child during the filming of this movie. His co-stars Breckin Meyer and Ethan Embry drove him to the airport when he found out she was in labor. The plane was delayed and he coached her through the birth over the phone. 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: Who's that in the bedroom?
Squirrel's Father: [Hungover] Huh?... Oh, her. Met her in a waffle house in Fort Worth.
Squirrel: It's good to see that your job huntin' isn't interferin' with the really important things in life like pickin' up strange women.
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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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User Reviews

good movie overall
22 March 2004 | by mustang2829See all my reviews

this may not have been the best movie i've ever seen, but it ranks high on my faves. even though the story takes place in a town that does not exist witch is ok by me. It's only a movie right. Actually the real name of the tow it was filmed in is Ft. Davis texas witch is 26 miles from me and if you hear the name of a school called sul ross in this movie i'm here to tell you that school is as real and it's name how do i know this. Because i live in Alpine and did attend sul ross at one point. Anyways i can pretty much relate to keller and all of his buds for wanting to get out of a small town. I mean 81 people?! Now thats to small even for me. But the story does make a lot of scence. And the directior seemed to know what he was doing, even though some scenes dragged out a bit. Anyways i defently feel that this movies relates to thousands of people who live in small towns all across the country and i think that at least 90% will enjoy the movie. This is one movie I highly recommend

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Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Texas, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,983, 3 May 1998

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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