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Happy, Texas (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 3 December 1999 (UK)
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Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity... See full summary »

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6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry
... Wayne
... Chappy
... Joe
... Ms. Schaefer
... Bob Maslow
... Nalhober
... Mrs. Bromley
... The Judge
Jillian Berard ... Madison
... Jency
Melissa Arnold ... Other Happy Girl
... Other Happy Girl
Tiffany Takara ... Other Happy Girl
... David
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Two escaped convicts arrive in the town of Happy, Texas, where they are mistaken for a gay couple who is to host the town's Little Miss Fresh Squeezed beauty pageant. Enjoying the celebrity and using their skill as con-men, the two adopt their persona to take on the task. Of course, as the two are heterosexual, their interest in the involved ladies intensifies. Ally Walker is a banker, who is distrustful of men and has given up on love. Illeana Douglas plays the dowdy, badly dressed teacher. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Escaped convicts disguised as beauty pageant experts? This could get ugly. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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3 December 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Happy Texas - iloiset veikot  »

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Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$72,056, 3 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,943,649, 19 December 1999
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Snapped up at the Sundance Film Festival for $12 million, the film ended up grossing just shy of $3 million. See more »

Goofs

The hotdog that Jo was eating at the auction. See more »

Quotes

Josephine McClintock: [while climbing out of the cab while towing the RV] What are you DOING?
Harry Sawyer: [while climbing out of the RV onto the towline] I'm trying to save you!
Josephine McClintock: Well, knock it off! I'm trying to save YOU!
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Thanks to the people in Happy, Texas... even though we shot entirely on location in Piru, California. Sorry. See more »

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Featured in The 2000 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2000) See more »

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Shot Gun
Written by Buck Miller
Performed by Southern Culture on the Skids
Published by Monkey Dog Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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A real feel-good film
13 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Happy, Texas is one of these films that you know from the beginning will end well, where everything work out, eventually, and nobody gets killed.

But it sure ain't all sweet, as foul language and sex is comic parts of the story, as are two supposedly gay men (they have stolen a camper belonging to two gay mane, so they, two escaped convicts, have to impersonate these guys for a while), a gay sheriff and so on.

The acting is nigh perfect, the story ludicrous, and it is all a great saga, but very modern at that. When Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr teaches the small girls how to dance on scene is one of the funniest scenes I've seen for a long time, and in all it outshines similar films by quite some distance!

If only Stuart Little had some of this energy and love of life, sigh!

8/10


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