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Tex represented the first film adaption of a novel by "teen angst" specialist S. E. Hinton. Matt Dillon stars as Tex McCormick, an Oklahoma farm boy who drifts into bad company and a dangerous lifestyle after his mother dies and his father deserts him. His older brother Mason (Jim Metzler) struggles to keep his sibling on the straight and narrow, but he too has a cross to bear: his crippling lack of self-worth. Surprisingly, the film was produced by the Disney company, which heretofore had
Nov 19, 1982 Wide
Nov 16, 1999
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Writers Charlie Haas and Tim Hunter (latter making his directing debut) seem intent on incorporating every conceivable adolescent and adult trauma into their script.
There is a shock of recognition almost from the beginning of Tex, because we're listening to the sound of American voices in an authentically American world.
This is a film that accomplishes everything that it attempts, and does so expertly. On its own terms, it is a success through and through.
Dillon, though occasionally annoying, turns in a decent performance, as do Jim Metzler as his brother and Meg Tilly as his girlfriend.
A stirring, memorable early performance by Dillon
Tex explores the stressful relationship between two brothers living without adult supervision.
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