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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

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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 »

Director:

Tim McCanlies

Writer:

Tim McCanlies
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Cast

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 Michael Crabtree ... Mr. Hemphill
Lashawn McIvor Lashawn McIvor ... Mrs. Hemphill
Joe Stevens ... Leon
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Family

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Rated PG for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancer, Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Texas, USA See more »

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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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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A major arraignment was postponed at the local courthouse so scenes could be shot. The court house stood in for Dancer's High School. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Squirrel: Hi Loretta.
Loretta: Hi Squirrel, listen don't be so depressed about choir today you bein' so terrible in all. First time's always bad. You won't be so quite terrible next week you'll see.
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Referenced in Playing by Heart (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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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If you know and don't hate small-town life, you'll enjoy it
22 January 2000 | by BibChrSee all my reviews

Before getting the movie, I was puzzled at the sharp disparity in the comments here. Now I think I understand them!

A character in the movie says something like this: "Some people aren't meant to live in a small town. Some can't live anywhere else." There's truth to that, and I think it's reflected in the differing responses to the movie here.

If you have experienced small-town life, and either love it or at least are wryly comfortable with it, you'll like this movie a lot. You'll feel you've met these people, you've been to their church, you've been at their picnics. You'll enjoy the scenery, the decent neighborliness, the conversations, the characters.

If you're more of a big-city type, you'll be very impatient. Nothing "happens"! No heads explode, no alien invasions, abductions, or even flyovers. No sex, virtually no profanity, no fist-fights. Everyone keeps most of his clothes on. Kids love and respect their parents and families, even when they're a little daft. People fight, but basically care about each other. It's boring - to some!

I offer no judgment, just this filter to help you decide whether the movie's for you. If you like movies that make you ache for small-town life, you'll like this. If you need action and adrenalin, you may very well not. I like both, and I liked this movie.


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