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Texasville (1990)

The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane Jackson captained the high school football team and Jacy Farrow was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial ... See full summary »

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Larry McMurtry (novel), Peter Bogdanovich (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harvey Christiansen Harvey Christiansen ... Old Man Balt
Pearl Jones Pearl Jones ... Minerva
Loyd Catlett ... Lee Roy
Jimmy Howell Jimmy Howell ... Jack Jackson
Romi Snyder Romi Snyder ... Julie
Kay Pering Kay Pering ... Lavelle Bates
Allison Marich Allison Marich ... Billie Anne
Katherine Bongfeldt Katherine Bongfeldt ... Nellie
Earl Poole Ball ... Junior Nolan
Su Hyatt Su Hyatt ... Suzie Nolan
Angie Bolling ... Marylou Marlow
William McNamara ... Dickie Jackson
Eileen Brennan ... Genevieve Morgan
Randy Quaid ... Lester Marlow
Cloris Leachman ... Ruth Popper
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Storyline

The summer of 1984: 32 years after Duane Jackson captained the high school football team and Jacy Farrow was homecoming queen, the small town of Anarene, Texas prepares for its centennial celebration. Oil prices are down, banks are failing, and Duane's $12 million in debt. His wife Karla drinks too much, his children are always in trouble, and he tom-cats around with the wives of friends. Jacy's back in town, after a mildly successful acting career, life in Italy, and the death of her son. People assume Duane and Jacy will resume their high school romance. And Sonny is "tired in his mind," causing worries for his safety. Can these friends find equilibrium in middle age? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Welcome to Texasville. Hang on to your hat. And your spouse.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texasville - unohduksen maa See more »

Filming Locations:

Archer City, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$823,534, 30 September 1990

Gross USA:

$2,268,181

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,268,181
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of three cinema movie collaborations of actress Cloris Leachman and director Peter Bogdanovich. The three theatrical feature films are Texasville (1990), Daisy Miller (1974), and The Last Picture Show (1971). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the centennial parade, a half-built Ferris wheel with no cars attached can be seen in background; several minutes later, it's fully operational. See more »

Quotes

Duane Jackson: Women have a heartless side to them, don't they?
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Alternate Versions

Pioneer released a three disc special edition laser disc of the film that included Bogdanovich's director's cut, which runs about twenty-five minutes longer than the theatrical cut. See more »

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Follows The Last Picture Show (1971) See more »

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Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
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Performed by Waylon Jennings
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See it, but be realistic
21 May 2005 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

Some worthwhile performances here. The film does suffer from comparisons to "The Last Picture Show". That film was astonishing in its originality and has become iconic. "Texasville" neither aims so high, nor lands so hard. Nonetheless, the whole atmosphere of sadness calls to mind TLPS, as does the lack of a musical score, the only background being radios or whatever that the characters also hear. The adult characters, who were teen-agers in TLPS never seem to have grown up. At all. As Ebert said, I wonder what Sam the Lion would think of all these people. I seem to have missed all the sex going on in the '50's (OK wasn't born yet) and missed it again in the 80's. Maybe I'll catch that train SOMEDAY.

Jeff Bridges put in a great performance here, just as he always does. He never seems to play a character you don't believe. This in films as disparate as this one, "The Fabulous Baker Boys", and, say, "The Big Lebowski". Cybill Shepherd was very good and very beautiful. It probably took some amount of courage for a former model/beauty queen to take this role, that explicitly compares her middle-aged looks to her youthful pulchritude. I thought she still looked great. (But then, I'm middle-aged) Cloris Leachman showed her dramatic talent to wonderful effect. But, saving the best for last, I thought Annie Potts basically stole the show. She was gorgeous, and she so totally nailed her character. Acting doesn't get much better than this.

Anyone who liked TLPS (and that's almost everyone) should see this sequel. But don't carry into it unrealistic expectations.


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