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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 II ... Heckler #1 (as Don Brunner)
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:

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Trivia

Stunt pilot Randy DeLuca nicknamed Truman's airplane "Picasso" in reference to its multi-colored paint job. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene when they are making blended drinks in the dorm you can see a container of Citrus Hill concentrated orange juice, the Citrus Hill brand did not come out until 1983. See more »

Quotes

Judy: Then she had her utopian tubes removed.
Gardner: "No That's fallopian darlin'.
Judy: Fallopian? Them's books of the bible silly... first and second fallopians!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Can't Find My Way Home
Written by Steve Winwood (uncredited)
Performed by Blind Faith
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects, a Division of PolyGram Records, Inc.
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A genuinely thoughtful film with a cool soundtrack
8 February 2003 | by mark-814See all my reviews

I first saw Fandango in 1990 on BBC2 by chance and as I knew I would be out part of the night I also recorded it. In the end I never went out but it was fate that I got to see and also record one of my favorite films of all time. How this film has never made it to DVD or video release is beyond me, but hey who am I. I'm not American and I never went to Vietnam but this film really hit a cord with me especially at a time when the world was going to war with Iraq and people genuinely thought that if it turned into a holy war we would eventually get drafted. I thought this was by far one of Kevin costners best roles as the cocky Gardner Barns who genuinely cared about his friends and what might happen to them, so before they go off to war they go and find a bottle of champagne who they have christened DOM which is their last link with youth and the good times they shared. It is a very subtle and poignant film and the characterization is played superbly. There are some extremely funny moments in this film especially the sky diving scene together mixed with very thoughtful and endearing moments one in particular when Phil shakes Doormans hand and they say goodbye to each other for the last time. All this along with a wonderful sound track by Pat Matheny and Lyle Mays made this a film I cannot speak highly enough of. Go and see it and also by all Pat Mathenys work which I have. Incidentally everyone who I have ever shown this film to have thoroughly enjoyed it and asked where they can get it, alas I could not help with their request.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Alpine, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,437, 27 January 1985

Gross USA:

$91,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,666
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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