Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998)

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81




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Small-town America is the key setting for this tale of four West Texas high-school pals who vowed to leave their tiny town after graduation and head for L.A. Keller (Breckin Meyer) is ready to walk, but his goals are formless. Wealthy Terrell Lee Lusk (Peter Facinelli) knows his parents (Patricia Wettig, Michael O'Neill) want him to work in their family oil business. Squirrel (Ethan Embry), who lives with his alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, should find escape easy, but he finds reasons to stay, as does John Hemphill (Eddie Mills), a young man more suited for life as a rancher. Leaving was something the quartet dreamed about since age 11, but the actual departure requires ripping up some roots. Will they do it? Director Tim McCanlies shot this film in 25 days at Fort Davis, Texas. Shown at the 1998 South by Southwest Film Festival (Austin, Texas).more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tim McCanlies
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On DVD: Oct 13, 1998
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Peter Facinelli
as Terrell Lee
Ethan Embry
as Squirrel
Patricia Wettig
as Mrs. Lusk
Wayne Tippit
as Keller's Grandfather
Keith Szarabajka
as Squirrel's Father
Lashawn McIvor
as Mrs. Hemphill
Bill Brooks
as Reverend
Kendra Payne
as Loretta
Jack Vaden
as Harvey
Lynn Carter
as Another Rancher
Jon Bergholz
as Bus Driver
Emilie B. Severin
as Mrs. Caldwell
Leigh Eaton
as Mrs. Hufheinz
Billie Craddock
as Mrs. Garcia
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Critic Reviews for Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

Tim McCanlies' charming feature directorial debut evokes the spirit of Capra's Depression comedies and Thornton Wilder's Our Town, without the nostalgia or sentimentality of those works.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | May 1, 1998
Entertainment Weekly
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Los Angeles Times
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New York Times
Top Critic

Highly entertaining and credibly performed

September 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for Dancer, Texas Pop. 81

Very enjoyable movie. But the more Ethan Embry movies I watch, the more I realize he usually plays the same characters.

Megan S

Super Reviewer


This is the epitome of cute, safe family films, but it is funny and sweet and captures small town Texas pretty well.

Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

A favorite. Hilarious!!

Leo L

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