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Dill Scallion (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 January 1999 (USA)
The rise and fall of a school bus driver turned country music singer. Roger Ebert calls this film festival favorite "A country music Spinal Tap." Written and directed by Jordan Brady

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Jordan Brady

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Jordan Brady
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Credited cast:
Billy Burke ... Dill Scallion
Lauren Graham ... Kristie Sue
Kathy Griffin ... Tina
David Koechner ... Bubba Pearl
Henry Winkler ... Larry Steinberg
Jason Priestley ... Jo Joe Hicks
Peter Berg ... Nate Clumson
Willie Nelson ... Himself
LeAnn Rimes ... Herself
Travis Tritt ... Himself
Rachel Grate ... Susie Sue
Jordan Brady Jordan Brady ... Jordan Brady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Allen ... Slim
Madsen Baker Madsen Baker ... Dill's Chef
Drake Bell ... Eugene Bob
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The rise and fall of a school bus driver turned country music singer. Roger Ebert calls this film festival favorite "A country music Spinal Tap." Written and directed by Jordan Brady

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Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references
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USA

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English

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25 January 1999 (USA) See more »

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Arizona, USA See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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The last caption shown after the credits reads: PLEASE SUPPORT GUM AID III--STOP THE MADNESS! See more »

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Satire at its Indy Finest
12 June 2002 | by KleistSee all my reviews

DILL SCALLION is a carefully crafted lampoon of the mechanics of fame-- here, in particular, the Country-Music-hit machine. Although the basic contours of Dill's rise from obscurity as a school-bus driver to superstardom and back again are predictable, the jokes are fast-paced and dead-center. The entire cast has a great time with this script, and their hilarity is infectuous. Henry Winkler as the cigar-wielding Big Manager was a real surprise ("Hey, that's the Fonz, isn't it?"): he's unprepossessing as a prepossessing maniac, and he's funny as hell.

There's so much to like here: the hideous breakthrough hit, "You Shared You," with its closing verse about granddaddy's ecstasy when "You Shared You"; Dill's on-stage "Scallion Shuffle," which inspires broken footbones across the nation (and a legion of crutch-waving audience members); Dill's original promiscuous lover, then the quickly fame-sullied roadie girlfriend; sidekick Mr. Pearl, who pretends to be Minnie Pearl's son; and so on.

I would love clarification of Sheryl Crowe's part in this madness: did she really pen these hilarious songs for a lark?

This easily could become a cult classic, and deservedly so. I thought it was funnier than THIS IS SPINAL TAP, with which it is rightly compared. Who wouldn't fall in love with the cow-turd-sized silver belt-buckle?


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