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Fandango (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 25 January 1985 (USA)
Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.

Director:

Kevin Reynolds

Writer:

Kevin Reynolds
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Gardner Barnes
Judd Nelson ... Phil Hicks
Sam Robards ... Kenneth Waggener
Chuck Bush ... Dorman
Brian Cesak Brian Cesak ... Lester Griffin
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Truman Sparks
Suzy Amis ... The Girl
Glenne Headly ... Trelis
Pepe Serna ... Gas Station Mechanic
Elizabeth Daily ... Judy
Robyn Rose Robyn Rose ... Lorna
Stanley Grover Stanley Grover ... Phil's Dad
Jane A. Johnston ... Phil's Mom
Don Brunner ... Heckler #1
Michael Conn Michael Conn ... Heckler #2
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Storyline

It's 1971 at the University of Texas, Austin. College buddies, facing graduation, marriage, and the draft, skip out of their own graduation party and head to the Mexican border for some adventure, a buried secret, and one last go-around at "the privileges of youth". Written by Scott Butler <sydtech@skypoint.com>

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It's the privilege of youth.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фанданго See more »

Filming Locations:

Alpine, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,437, 27 January 1985, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$91,666
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a short student film directed by Kevin Reynolds when he was in USC film school. The student film is basically just the skydiving sequence, based on a true story. Steven Spielberg, having seen the student film, recruited Reynolds to direct a full-length movie based on it. See more »

Goofs

According to the date shown on the screen at the beginning, the movie takes place in May 1971. One of the first songs we hear at the frat house is Elton John's "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", which wasn't released until 1973. See more »

Quotes

Phil Hicks, Groover: You are the most irresponsible person I have ever met.
Gardner: Well, somebody had to be.
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Connections

Referenced in Archer: Coyote Lovely (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

It's For You
Written by Pat Metheny (uncredited) and Lyle Mays (uncredited)
Performed by Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays & Nana Vasconcelos
Courtesy of ECM Records
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Great guy flick...and more.
27 April 2000 | by jshankbu84See all my reviews

I hate to sound like a broken record, but this is my favorite movie of all time. I lost track a long time ago as to how many times I have seen this movie on tape. What a GREAT MOVIE. Kevin Reynolds clearly has this nailed down. Fandango is a movie about 5 fraternity brothers in the early 1970's who call themselves the 'Groovers', who decide to take off on a 'fairwell fandango' as a college graduation right of passage. We learn that they did the same 'fandango' earlier in their collegiate years, and in part, the purpose of this trip is to dig up a relic of that first adventure as the way to close out this chapter of their lives. Along the way, they take part in some wild adventures, deal with being drafted into the war in Vietnam, and meet some unique characters, all of which become the subject of the movie.

I love this movie for a number of reasons. #1, it takes me back to my collegiate days, and the craziness that seemed to define them. #2, it allows me to appreciate the people that populated each and every moment of college, as the characters in Fandango are eerily reminiscent of the fraternity brothers, classmates and band members that I spent 4 years of my life with. #3, it makes me realize that life is fairly short, and if we do it right...we'll be the better because of it.

The music in the movie seems tailored for every scene, even though there are cuts from great artists like Blind Faith, Elton John and Pat Metheney. In particular, the Metheney works in the film stand out. I cannot help but think of the wedding and final scenes when I am listening to Metheney's cuts from his 'Wichita Falls' and 'Works' tapes.

I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to strip off the baggage in life for an hour and a half one weekend, flip the pages back a few years(or more) to the days that were more innocent and raw, and think about the people that were so important to you as you grew up into adulthood. And if you happen to like the shape of Texas like I do, you'll appreciate this movie even more.(see the movie and you'll know what I am talking about) Go ahead....take this wild ride for all its worth. You will not regret it!!


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