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Angus (1995)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 15 September 1995 (USA)
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A miserable fat teenager secretly has a crush on the class beauty, ends up becoming the surprising participant to dance with her at a high school dance, meaning he's got to get his act together with the help of his best friend.

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Chris Crutcher (short story), Jill Gordon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Perry Anzilotti ... Tuxedo Salesman
Kathy Bates ... Meg Bethune
Robert Curtis Brown ... Alexander
Kevin Connolly ... Andy
Tony Denman ... Kid
Yvette Freeman ... Science Teacher
Salim Grant Salim Grant ... Mike
Epatha Harris Epatha Harris ... Ellen, Election Girl
Steven Hartman Steven Hartman ... Rick - Age 11
Robin Lynn Heath Robin Lynn Heath ... Jody Cole
Grant Hoover Grant Hoover ... Angus - Age 8
Evan Kaufman Evan Kaufman ... Alex Immergluch
James Keane ... Coach
Irvin Kershner ... Mr. Stoff
Michael McLeod Michael McLeod ... Rick - Age 8
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Storyline

Angus is a large, pathetic 14 year old whose thoughts are most often filled with the image of one Melissa Lefevre. Angus is shy and thinks that he has no chance of ever 'getting' her. Being especially uncool, he is incredibly surprised (along with the rest of the school) that he is chosen to dance with her at the Winter Ball. The only one not surprised is the cool-kid who set him up to fail, but Angus' best friend is going to help him win the heart of Melissa by developing a new look for him. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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For everyone on the outside looking in... your moment has arrived!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some coarse adolescent language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angus - O Comilão See more »

Filming Locations:

Stillwater, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,915,192, 17 September 1995

Gross USA:

$4,821,759

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,821,759
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Van Der Beek's film debut. See more »

Goofs

In the opening football scene, when Angus makes a tackle, the football clearly falls to the ground. In the next shot, it is still seen soaring through the air. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Angus: My mother named me after my father, Angus; a cow's name, which didn't help matters much, because I was a big kid. My mother was in labor with me for two days, but it was my father who died during child birth. He had a heart attack waiting for her to deliver, but this wasn't really my problem. In fact, I perceived my family situation as relatively normal, until I began to collect expert opinion around kindergarten.
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Alternate Versions

In the TNT version, there is an extended scene in which Melissa talks to Angus about being his date for the Freshman Winter Ball. This occurs right after Angus discovers he is the Winter Ball King, and he is talking in the hallway with Troy. See more »

Connections

References Meatballs (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Way
Composed by George Sandeur
Produced by Philippe Brejean
(p) 1989 Hilbou (Sacem)
"Blue Way" appears courtesy of Promusic
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A Great Movie
15 March 1999 | by Quinn-5See all my reviews

It is a shame "Angus" never got the high praise or exposure it really deserves. At times gut-wrenching in its portrayal of high school cruelness, at other times sweetly heartwarming in its portrayal of high school innocence, "Angus" is an endearing good guy trapped in a waspy, snake-pit-like high school in Anytown, USA. The strength of "Angus" is its believability; of course it's far-fetched at times, it's a movie, and yet it still works amazingly well. Charlie Talbert and Chris Owen, Angus and Troy, respectively, are a real treat to watch as the pair of outcasts. Their chemistry radiates offscreen, and they become both heroes and comic relief in a combination that drives them to the audience's heart. Some of the film's best belly laughs, in fact, are direct results of their all-too-believable dialogue.

James Van Der Beek is one of the most hateable bad guys I've seen in some time, and boy he plays it well. What a deliciously different role, compared to his often annoying "Dawson's Creek" persona! This is some great work by him, even if its not a lot. Strong support from George C. Scott and Kathy Bates; it was fun watching them in a heartfelt film like this, especially Scott, General Patton himself. Please, if you ever get the chance to see this film, SEE IT!! You will not be untouched nor remorseful. You'll have a new favorite way to pass an hour and a half. (Great score by David Russo, I'd love to see a release of it!)


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