Tex (1982)



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In this film, Tex McCormick is 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 struggles to keep his sibling on the straight and narrow, but he too has a cross to bear.

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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
Zeljko 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
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 (13) | Top Critics (4)

The characters are vividly real, especially the confused, searching Tex of Matt Dillon, a natural-born star, and the solid, sensible Mason of Jim Metzler, who is also destined for an important career.

Oct 22, 2018 | Full Review…

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

Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…
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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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A very frank and gritty story about two brothers.

Dec 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

Aug 20, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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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
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
Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer

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