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Dill Scallion (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 25 January 1999 (USA)
The rise and fall of a school bus driver turned country music singer. Roger Ebert calls this film festival favorite "A country music Spinal Tap." Written and directed by Jordan Brady

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Jordan Brady

Writer:

Jordan Brady
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Billy Burke ... Dill Scallion
Lauren Graham ... Kristie Sue
Kathy Griffin ... Tina
David Koechner ... Bubba Pearl
Henry Winkler ... Larry Steinberg
Jason Priestley ... Jo Joe Hicks
Peter Berg ... Nate Clumson
Willie Nelson ... Himself
LeAnn Rimes ... Herself
Travis Tritt ... Himself
Rachel Grate ... Susie Sue
Jordan Brady Jordan Brady ... Jordan Brady
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Allen ... Slim
Madsen Baker Madsen Baker ... Dill's Chef
Drake Bell ... Eugene Bob
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The rise and fall of a school bus driver turned country music singer. Roger Ebert calls this film festival favorite "A country music Spinal Tap." Written and directed by Jordan Brady

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Color
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the captions: 2 things about country singers- They sing from the heart. And they always have good-lookin' hair. The following was made possible in part by a grant from Brady Oil. See more »

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"This here is Nashville, the City of Dreams..."
23 May 2004 | by raymond_chandlerSee all my reviews

I rented this flick because I am nuts about Lauren Graham, who worked steadily for a decade, in TV and low-budget movies, before her breakthrough on "Gilmore Girls". It turns out, this is a darn funny movie, with a very engaging cast.

Billy Burke is perfect as an innocent Texas boy who dreams of Nashville while singing his songs to the kids on his school bus. He gets a break after a local talent show, and the movie is a documentary-style chronicle of his rise and fall. Along the way, he crosses paths with Kathy Griffin as his randy girlfriend, David Koechner as the leader of his backup band, Jason Priestley as a country megastar, Henry Winkler as a promoter, and several bonafide country music stars as themselves. Refreshingly, the characters are not portrayed as clueless hicks, but ordinary folks just trying to find some happiness, and maybe a hit record or two.

Lauren Graham is gorgeous as Dill's love interest/"muse", and completely different from her Lorelai Gilmore character. She nails a Southern accent (but not Deep South), and is unrelentingly sweet to everyone, even when she is not happy with them.

This is a fun, low-key movie with affection for its characters and some good scenes sending up stardom and fame in our celebrity-crazed culture. I believe it is available for rental only through Hollywood Video. Give it a try, it is funnier than 75% of the big time comedies out there.

"Stop the Madness of Gingivitis"


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