The adventures of a group of Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. Floyd is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum when his football coach demands he sign a “no drugs” pledge.
- Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd: Jason London
- Ron Slater: Rory Cochrane
- Mitch Kramer: Wiley Wiggins
- Don Dawson: Sasha Jenson
- Jodie Kramer: Michelle Burke
- Mike Newhouse: Adam Goldberg
- David Wooderson: Matthew McConaughey
- Cynthia: Marissa Ribisi
- Tony: Anthony Rapp
- Michelle Burroughs: Milla Jovovich
- Fred O’Bannion: Ben Affleck
- Simone Kerr: Joey Lauren Adams
- Darla Marks: Parker Posey
- Clint: Nicky Katt
- Ms. Stroud: Kim Krizan
- Shavonne: Deena Martin
- Pickford: Shawn Andrews
- Benny: Cole Hauser
- Kaye: Christine Harnos
- Sabrina: Christin Hinojosa
- Carl: Esteban Powell
- Mrs. Kramer: Mona Lee Fultz
- Mr. Payne: Julius Tennon
- Freshman Girl: Heidi Van Horne
- Girl in Blue Pickup Truck (uncredited): Renée Zellweger
- Guy with Pistol: Fred Lerner
- Party Girl (uncredited): Tara Battani
- Beer Delivery Guy: John Swasey
- Student (uncredited): Heath Young
- Guy at Party (uncredited): James ‘Kimo’ Wills
- Parking Lot Kid (uncredited): Anthony Pedone
- Senior Girl (uncredited): Karey Green
- Girl in Pool Hall (uncredited): Nicole Emmons
- Booger (uncredited): Adam Boster
- Producer: Richard Linklater
- Director of Photography: Lee Daniel
- Editor: Sandra Adair
- Co-Producer: Anne Walker-McBay
- Sound Editor: Clayton Collins
- Producer: Sean Daniel
- Producer: James Jacks
- Casting: Don Phillips
- Sound Editor: Petra von Oelffen
- Production Design: John Frick
- Sound Editor: John Kwiatkowski
- Sound Editor: Ben Wilkins
- Set Decoration: Deborah Pastor
- Makeup Artist: Jean Ann Black
- Supervising Sound Editor: Sandy Gendler
- Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Daniel J. Leahy
- Sound Editor: Mikael Sandgren
- Costume Design: Katherine Dover
- Sound Editor: Lily Diamond
- Art Direction: Jenny C. Patrick
- Sound Mixer: Jennifer McCauley
- tmdb39513728: **for so long its not true**
I only saw it once. I dare not watch this again. For some reason it was playing at a dingy burlesque-haunted cinema on old Granville Street in Vancouver on a Sunday afternoon in 1993 where wasted men usually shuffle in to deposit their sperm. (Not enough credit goes to internet porn for cleaning up the streets). Richard Linkater wasn’t a story at the time. The guy who made Slackers. The bastard love child of Jim Jarmusch and Chrissie Hynde for all I knew. No clue he’d be the chosen one to eventually deliver us to _Boyhood_. I went in with a friend on a lark and floated out on a psilocybin cloud of joy. I was awestruck. I know these guys! I wanted to endlessly sing its praises but my friend didn’t get the same charge out of it. (Although months later at a Christmas party of wayward misfits, he couldn’t stop playing the sound track). Maybe it was me. But this was exactly how I remembered High School in the 70’s. Was I hallucinating the whole thing? Indeed I was stoned much of the time, but all that was brilliantly accounted for. All that was missing was a bit of Pink Floyd and a whole lot of Led Zeppelin as alluded to in the title. _Dazed & Confused_ isn’t merely the best movie about High School in the 1970’s. It is the best movie about High School, and the best movie about the 1970’s, and perhaps the best movie about male adolescence (yes, yes, IMHO, of course, what else). I dare not watch it again for what if I burst the bubble of such virgin memories to forever spoil my love and admiration for it. Or was it the dingy cinema I have fond nostalgic feelings for? Something. I’ll have to watch it again, probably soon, once Linklater finally gets the grand red-carpet treatment along with the golden trinkets he so long deserves.
- talisencrw: Really solid sophomore effort by Linklater.
Loved his Hitchcock homage, especially.
- Reno: **The final day of the school, but it’s just the beginning!**
I won’t lie that I watched it after I saw ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ from the same director. Because I liked that film and I heard that was a spiritual sequel to this one. So there goes my reason. I usually love the 80s and 90s teen films, you can’t compare them to what they make now. The film was from the edge of before my generation began, but I’m very related that time than the other end. So I felt very familiar and enjoyed it thoroughly.
The film focused on the final day of the high school. It opened in the afternoon during the final class and followed by night where a party was arranged by the seniors that does not take off after their parents suspected it. Between the freshmen and the seniors, a tradition follows. Some of them escape, but those who got caught, struggles to way out. Not everyone, some make it their best time in high school. So who gets what and how everyone’s night turns out revealed in the remaining.
We can see some of the big names of the today’s cinema in this 23 year old film. Matthew McCanaughey, Milla Jovovich, Ben Affleck and many more. Though the film never focused one particular character, it was neutral and stayed that way till the end. But it told the story of the final day of the high school about the individuals and their intentions. You do not have to be a youngster to enjoy it, it will work for everybody. So I hope you watch it, especially before to try ‘Everybody Wants Some’.
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