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Independence Day (1983)

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Mandel

Writer:

Alice Hoffman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Quinlan ... Mary Ann Taylor
David Keith ... Jack Parker
Frances Sternhagen ... Carla Taylor
Cliff De Young ... Les Morgan
Dianne Wiest ... Nancy Morgan
Josef Sommer ... Sam Taylor
Bert Remsen ... Red Malone
Richard Farnsworth ... Evan
Brooke Alderson Brooke Alderson ... Shelly
Noble Willingham ... Andy Parker
Anne Haney ... Rose Parker
Judith Brown ... Janis (as Judy Brown)
Jeff Polk Jeff Polk ... Billy Morgan
Zachary DeLoach Zachary DeLoach ... Joey Morgan
Scott Simpson ... Youngest Morgan Child
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Storyline

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real passion is photography, but pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer means leaving Mercury behind. Despite her desperation to expand her horizons, Mary Ann hesitates to leave because of her mother's declining health and because of her new romance with Jack Parker. Jack is a mechanic who just returned to town after realizing the cruelties of the outside world. He experienced big-city living first-hand and wants nothing more than to settle down back home. But Jack and Mary Ann soon find that cruelties exist in their own little town when Jack discovers that his sister Nancy is being brutally beaten and routinely abused by her husband Les. While Jack struggles with how to help Nancy, Mary Ann is faced with a crucial choice about her future: stay in ... Written by skillwithaquill

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Taglines:

A small town is a hard place to have a big dream.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1983 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Riders on the Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,685, 23 January 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$151,462, 31 December 1984
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cheryl Smith's final film. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Morgan: Strange. I feel tired all the time.
Mary Ann Taylor: Well, it's the Valium.
Nancy Morgan: Yeah.
[pauses, shakes her head]
Nancy Morgan: No. It's a different sort of tired. It's... um... inside my bones. And it's real deep. Inside my bones.
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Great movie
20 December 2006 | by alana_laddSee all my reviews

I read somewhere that you can get this movie on VHS on EBay but I can't find it. Does anyone know where I can get it? It's an excellent movie. Truly excellent

I only saw it once in 1983 and have never forgotten it. My daughter thinks I'm making too much of it but I really want to get this movie and have her watch it. After all these years I remember Dianne Weists, the abused wife, as she gave a great performance. Also the movie shows how abuse is so often hidden or ignored by relatives and other people. Watch this movie if you should get the chance and you like good drama movies.


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