Tex 1982

Tex

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Growing up on a farm with his elder brother, Mason (Jim Metzler), Tex McCormick (Matt Dillon) becomes troubled after his mother's death and his father's departure. While Tex and Mason try to live on their own, their individual teen woes threaten their relatively independent existence out in the country. In the meantime, Tex falls for local girl Jamie Collins (Meg Tilly), the sister of his friend, Johnny (Emilio Estevez), and faces disapproval from their strict father, Cole (Ben Johnson).

Cast & Crew

Matt Dillon
Tex McCormick
Jim Metzler
Mason McCormick
Meg Tilly
Jamie Collins
Emilio Estevez
Johnny Collins
S.E. Hinton
Mrs. Barnes
Ben Johnson
Cole Collins
Charles S. Haas
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Tim Hunter
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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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