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Tex (1982)





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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 painted a more upbeat portrait of teen-age life. Dillon would go on to appear in two more Hinton adaptations, while Tex supporting player Emilio Estevez would show up in an additional three. S.E. Hinton herself appears in the small role of Mrs. Barnes, a schoolteacher.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Haas, Tim Hunter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 1999
Walt Disney Productions


Matt Dillon
as Tex McCormick
Jim Metzler
as Mason McCormick
Meg Tilly
as Jamie Collins
Frances Lee McCain
as Mrs. Johnson
Ben Johnson
as Cole Collins
Emilio Estevez
as Johnny Collins
Phil Brock
as Lem Peters
Jack Thibeau
as Coach Jackson
eljko Ivanek
as Hitchhiker
Tom Virtue
as Bob Collins
Suzanne Costallos
as Fortune Teller
Marilyn Redfield
as Ms. Carlson
Ric Krause
as Ride Operator
Jill Clark
as Marcie
Zeljko Ivanek
as Hitchhiker
Rod Jones
as Doctor
Richard Krause
as Ride Operator
Don Harral
as Doctor in Hospital
Mark Huebner
as Orderly
Ron Thulin
as Anchorman
Mary Simons
as Mrs. Germanie
Robin Winters
as Girl on Bike
S.E. Hinton
as Mrs. Barnes
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Critic Reviews for Tex

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Writers Charlie Haas and Tim Hunter (latter making his directing debut) seem intent on incorporating every conceivable adolescent and adult trauma into their script.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

A very frank and gritty story about two brothers.

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

Dillon, though occasionally annoying, turns in a decent performance, as do Jim Metzler as his brother and Meg Tilly as his girlfriend.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A stirring, memorable early performance by Dillon

May 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for Tex


you git chur horse back, boy... why she's da one done convinced you to tell yer brother you love him.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

Matt Dillon has never been more subtly expressive and transparent, and maybe only funnier in Singles; Jim Meltzer is actually funny here as a straight man; there is some great camerawork and lighting. S.E. Hinton seems to be dealing with more Judy-Blume type issues here, so the movie works like a neorealist afterschool special.

Adam Mahler

Super Reviewer

The lousiest of S.E. Hinton's books to be brought to screen. Do yourself a favor and rent either the Outsiders or Rumble Fish they are so much better

Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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