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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) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • 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…

    Variety Staff

    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.

    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

  • Jan 13, 2019
    Some movies feel small, almost forgettable, yet authentic and well-made. Tex is a movie that feels real. It's not profound or self-important. It's about a 15 year old kid in Oklahoma trying to find his way in the world, as he struggles with poverty, puberty and growing up. The movie is based on a book by young author S.E. Hinton, and she somehow hits the nail right on the head again with a portrait of dusty, rural youth and the normal stuff most of us go through. Tex is poor, his mother having died when he was 3 and his father being absent or irresponsible. He is raised mostly by his much more mature older brother, Mason. Their relationship, and the pain Tex goes through when Mason sells his horse, feels real. Of course, no one knew at the time that this cast (Dillon, Estevez and Tilly) would all become young stars. Even Metzler, who plays Mason, earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role. The acting is solid, the backdrop feels authentic and vast. Heartbreak, first love, hitchhiking tragedy, and drug deals gone bad are all featured. A lot happens to Tex in this movie, but Matt Dillon handles it with aplomb. Just a solid character study of poor kids in OK dealing with not fitting in, trying to survive and the challenges of growing up.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2009
    you git chur horse back, boy... why she's da one done convinced you to tell yer brother you love him.
    Coxxie M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2009
    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 K Super Reviewer

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