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Independence Day (1983)

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring ... See full summary »

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Robert Mandel

Writer:

Alice Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary Ann Taylor
David Keith ... Jack Parker
Frances Sternhagen ... Carla Taylor
Cliff De Young ... Les Morgan
Dianne Wiest ... Nancy Morgan
Josef Sommer ... Sam Taylor
Bert Remsen ... Red Malone
Richard Farnsworth ... Evan
Brooke Alderson Brooke Alderson ... Shelly
Noble Willingham ... Andy Parker
Anne Haney ... Rose Parker
Judith Brown ... Janis (as Judy Brown)
Jeff Polk Jeff Polk ... Billy Morgan
Zachary DeLoach Zachary DeLoach ... Joey Morgan
Scott Simpson ... Youngest Morgan Child
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Storyline

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real passion is photography, but pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer means leaving Mercury behind. Despite her desperation to expand her horizons, Mary Ann hesitates to leave because of her mother's declining health and because of her new romance with Jack Parker. Jack is a mechanic who just returned to town after realizing the cruelties of the outside world. He experienced big-city living first-hand and wants nothing more than to settle down back home. But Jack and Mary Ann soon find that cruelties exist in their own little town when Jack discovers that his sister Nancy is being brutally beaten and routinely abused by her husband Les. While Jack struggles with how to help Nancy, Mary Ann is faced with a crucial choice about her future: stay in ... Written by skillwithaquill

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A small town is a hard place to have a big dream.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders on the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,685, 23 January 1983

Gross USA:

$151,462
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »

Quotes

Les Morgan: Look at her. Look at her. She's not even listening to me. Well, I know how to wake her up.
[Strikes a match and throws it at Nancy. She puts up a hand to protect herself]
Jack Parker: Hey, what are you doing?
Les Morgan: This is just a little game we play. She likes it.
[Tosses another lit match that hits Nancy. She winces]
Jack Parker: Oh, yeah? Well *I* don't like it!
Les Morgan: Yeah? Well, Nancy does. Tell him. Tell him how much you like it.
[Throws a third match at Nancy. She flinches when it hits her arm]
Jack Parker: [rising to his feet] Quit it!
Les Morgan: Tell ...
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excellent flick
22 February 2007 | by flnole01See all my reviews

This movie was one I watched a long time ago; never the less, I remembered it when i stumbled across it in IMDb. This was a powerful movie for me! It struck a cord in me, and and I have never forgotten it. I was probably only 15 or 16 when I watched it, but it left an impression on me. Boys don't hit girls, EVER! or else.... The fact that I took a great lesson away from the film as a young man and swore that I would never be like that to my wife, is further evidence of the power of this film. Show it to your teenage kids. I don't want to give away the plot of the movie, but a really cruel man torments a woman, beyond her ability to deal with him. The results is explosive. If you have ever heard the song Independence Day you will have a good idea of the way this movie ends up.


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