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Angus
     

Angus

Director: Patrick Read Johnson

Cast: Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates

 
High schooler Angus (Charlie Talbert), a jumbo-sized lad, seems underappreciated in all aspects of his life: he is a standout offensive lineman on the football team, but golden-boy quarterback Rick (James Van der Beek) gets all the accolades for his blood, sweat, and pass-blocking; he is also an outstanding student, but his classmates still regard him as a dork; the

Overview

High schooler Angus (Charlie Talbert), a jumbo-sized lad, seems underappreciated in all aspects of his life: he is a standout offensive lineman on the football team, but golden-boy quarterback Rick (James Van der Beek) gets all the accolades for his blood, sweat, and pass-blocking; he is also an outstanding student, but his classmates still regard him as a dork; the girl of his dreams (Arian Richards), Rick's girlfriend, seems to ignore him. Only when Angus musters the courage to put on a maroon tuxedo and head off to the school dance at the urging of his loving, free-spirit mom (Kathy Bates) does he finally get the recognition he deserves (as does Rick, who attempts to publicly humiliate Angus with a cruel prank). While the story is familiar, director Patric Johnson and the entire cast infuse the film with real warmth, making Angus a winner (as does its refreshing attitude toward violence).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Matthew Tobey
Upon its release, Angus was virtually ignored, even by its target audience. But who could be surprised? After all, on the surface the film appears to be just another in the long line of fluffy teen comedies that heavily populated theaters in the 1990s. However, Angus is no run-of-the-mill high-school flick. Devoid of the unrealistic characters found in everything from She's All That to American Pie, the movie takes the genre and puts three-dimensional people into a familiar story line. And while not as unflinchingly true-to-life as Todd Solondz' Welcome to the Dollhouse, Angus is more fun and less bleak than that film, while maintaining a refreshingly atypical tone. The character of Angus isn't just the unpopular fat kid who longs for the prettiest girl in school. He's a complex and sympathetic character who learns to love himself for himself. More importantly though, the idealized pretty girl proves to be anything but perfect, a twist that's otherwise unheard of in any of the other ubiquitous PG-13 teen comedies of the era. Finally, the believability factor is driven home by the performances of not just the always wonderful Kathy Bates and George C. Scott, but the film's titular young star Charlie Talbert. Watching the film, it's hard to believe that Angus was Talbert's first attempt at acting after being discovered by the director in a fast-food joint.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2009
UPC:
0883316204900
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
11,633

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Talbert Angus Bethune
George C. Scott Ivan
Kathy Bates Meg
Ariana Richards Melissa Lefevre
Chris Owen Troy Wedburg
James Van Der Beek Rick Sanford
Rita Moreno Madame Rulenska
Robert Curtis-Brown Alexander
Kevin Connolly Andy
Anna Levine April Thomas
Yvette Freeman Science Teacher
Salim Grant Mike
Grant Hoover Angus, age 8
James Keane Coach
Irvin Kershner Mr. Stoff
Wesley Mann Mr. Kessler
Monty O'Grady Minister
Bob Pepper Wedding Photographer
Lawrence Pressman Principal Metcalf
Beth Richards Melissa, age 11

Technical Credits
Patrick Read Johnson Director
Thomas L. Bellissimo Special Effects
Bob Cavallo Executive Producer
Jill Gordon Screenwriter
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Janice Hampton Editor
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Susan B. Landau Executive Producer
Gary Levinsohn Executive Producer
Lawrence Miller Production Designer
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Roven Producer
David E. Russo Score Composer
Ann Scibelli Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Segal Associate Producer
Kelley Smith-Wait Associate Producer
Dawn Steel Producer
Randy Suhr Asst. Director
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

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