Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused

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Director: Richard Linklater, Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Rory Cochrane

Cast: Richard Linklater, Jason London, Wiley Wiggins, Rory Cochrane

     
 

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Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. While Lucas took aim at the conservative 1950s, Linklater jumps ahead a generation to the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, pot smoking and Frampton Comes Alive. Set on the last

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Like George Lucas' American Graffiti, Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused is an affectionate look at the youth culture of a bygone era. While Lucas took aim at the conservative 1950s, Linklater jumps ahead a generation to the bicentennial year of 1976 to celebrate the joys of beer blasts, pot smoking and Frampton Comes Alive. Set on the last day of the academic year, the film follows the random activities of a sprawling group of Texas high schoolers as they celebrate the arrival of summer, their paths variously intersecting at a freshman hazing, a local pool parlor and finally at a keg party.

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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
School's out for summer and the kids are looking to party in Dazed and Confused, the brilliant ensemble comedy/drama from writer/director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Waking Life). Set in Austin, Texas, on the last day of the school year in 1976, the film follows a large ensemble cast over a single 24-hour period as they celebrate the arrival of summer with car trunks full of Bud and a seemingly endless supply of pot. While everyone will ultimately converge on one big beer bash, the first half of the film centers on initiation rituals in which the senior girls and guys haze the incoming freshmen. It's a fascinating portrait of a tradition that combines institutionalized violence and tribal rites of passage. Yet here, as in the rest of the film, Linklater eschews the kind of detached satire practiced by contemporaries like Todd Solondz. Dazed and Confused may expose the vapidity of this mid-'70s suburban world, yet Linklater embraces his characters and milieu with the same big-hearted compassion that George Lucas displayed in American Graffiti. Indeed, Dazed and Confused can be seen as a virtual homage to the Lucas masterpiece, with the same loving attention to an era's clothes, hairstyles, and, of course, music. As in Graffiti, period pop songs provide the soundtrack for the characters' lives as they cruise around town, with 8-track tapes blasting the likes of Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, War, Peter Frampton, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The ensemble cast includes Wiley Wiggins (star of Linklater's Waking Life), Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, and a host of others whose naturalistic acting evokes a remarkable feeling of authenticity. And the easy way in which Linklater weaves introspective and even metaphysical themes into a slice-of-life comedy is completely engaging. The result is both a brilliant, microcosmic portrait of an era and an offbeat mediation on the rituals of teen life.
All Movie Guide
Dazed and Confused is an American Graffiti for the 1990s, set in the 1970s. Though not quite up to the high standard of its spiritual predecessor, it does an excellent job of following an ensemble cast, who, through the course of one day, enjoy the myriad emotions and experiences that compose the teenage years. Writer/director Richard Linklater does not force the film to follow one storyline in particular, and this choice helps him avoid the conventions of the teen genre, in which the kids learn a big lesson after a series of wacky misdeeds. Indeed, the film is notable for its refreshing lack of sentiment. This isn't a movie interested in leading us through standard character arcs, and it gives us a portrait of youth that is surprisingly realistic, wiping away much of the gloss with which we often remember "the best years of our lives," but never going too far in the other direction by indulging in too much grittiness. Dazed and Confused is also remarkable for its sheer number of young actors who went on to big careers, including Milla Jovovich, Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, and Matthew McConaughey, as the memorable Wooderson ("That's what I like about these high school girls: I keep getting older; they stay the same age"). Dazed and Confused offers neither a warmly reminiscent nor an intentionally bleak picture of high school. It is a uniquely astute portrait of those teenage years, which at times seem full of magic and energy and at other times feel as anticlimactic and banal as adulthood.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2011
UPC:
0025195053716
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
18,841

Special Features

Deleted scenes ; The Blunt Truth side-splitting filmstrip on the dangers of partying; Retro public service announcements

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason London Randy "Pink" Floyd
Wiley Wiggins Mitch Kramer
Rory Cochrane Slater
Milla Jovovich Michelle
Joey Lauren Adams Simone
Marissa Ribisi Cynthia
Adam Goldberg Mike
Anthony Rapp Tony
Sasha Jenson Don Dawson
Parker Posey Darla
Matthew McConaughey Wooderson
Ben Affleck O'Bannion
Michelle Burke Jodi Kramer
Cole Hauser Benny
Jason Smith Melvin
Nicky Katt Clint
Deena Martin Shavonne
John L. Martin 2nd Cop
Diane Perella Sabrina's Mom
Don Phillips Actor
Zack Taylor 1st Geek
Christine Harnos Kaye
Esteban Powell Carl
Kim Krizan Ms. Stroud
Julius Tennon Mr. Payne
Erika Geminder Freshman Girl
Zeke Mills Old Timer
Fred Lerner Guy with Pistol
David Blackwell Liquor Store Clerk
Doug Taylor 1st Cop
Mona Lee Fultz Mitch's Mother
Richard Dillard Pickford's Dad
Shawn Andrews Kevin Pickford
Christin Hinojosa Sabrina

Technical Credits
Richard Linklater Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Sandra Adair Editor
Lee Daniel Cinematographer
Sean Daniel Producer
John Frick Production Designer
James Jacks Producer
Deborah Pastor Set Decoration/Design
Kari Perkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Anne Walker-McBay Co-producer

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Dazed and Confused 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome on many levels. Not only does it have a great script, performances, and direction, but it is also one of the most successful movies ever at completely immersing you in the world it depicts. Watching this film, you really catch the *feeling* of being a kid growing up in the 70's. I don't know how anyone that gives this a chance wouldn't enjoy it. Basically just a cool movie that is very well-done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so awesome. It was really about a normal High School student¿s life. The students hang out with friends and mess with younger kids and have parties. They drink, smoke, and just chill with their friends. This movie was just so great I can¿t even think of a word that could really describe it except, THE BEST MOVIE EVER! Sine I¿m a high school student I felt I could relate to the movie and the events that take place. The kids in the movie would back each other up and would do stuff they shouldn¿t be doing but that¿s what high school is about, friends. This movie is mostly based on friendship. Yeah the kids smoked a lot and drank a lot but they were always with each other and had each other¿s backs. This was a great movie and I would recommend it to parents that didn¿t see it and students that haven¿t seen it yet either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is awesome movie, with great plot and conflicts. The most memorable scene is right from the start, the intro for Sweet Emotion is being played and as the snare kicks in you see that hot GTO Judge slowly workin it's way through the school parking lot while &quot Dazed and Confused&quot pops up on the scene. It's basically everything any teenager graduating high school wish they can do now. Now laws are uptight and the dumbest issues are being debated, where did the fun go? From Burning out, hot muscle cars, draggin, kegs, girls, blunts, and not caring..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dazed and Confused is a great look back at the reckless youth of America. With numerous celebrities before their prime,it is original, funny, and above all entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dazed is one of the best burnout movies of all time.... it has everything you want, girls.. drugs... beer... and freedoms of being a teen again... no responsiblity, just chilin and smoking up all day.... priceless... if you don't have this and you are the type of person who loves to get above the clouds w/ your friends,,, this is difenetly the movie for you..... peace
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Oh my gosh. I thought it was going to be a stupid movie I watched on HBO at like 3 in the morning. But, wow great acting! There are some famous A-List stars in this movie (I was surprised) they have Matthew McConaughey and Ben Affleck. The plot is really good it's the end of the school year and Juniors are going to party. And O' Bannon and his Junior posse are going to paddle the butts off the future Freshmen. Except for one lucky Freshman who meets Pink gets to go to the best Senior kegger of the year. It's full of high people, too And yet satisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For anyone seeking adolescence nostalgia...this is it!! The crazy, magical, narcissistic, exciting, never to be experienced again time of your life is brought comically alive in this classic film of teenage...I was going to say angst, but no...this is refreshingly positive. Any angst is quickly defused and forgotten, for the budding young men and women here have discovered all the wonderful things life has to offer. So they enjoy their world! Of course, their recreational activities likely has something to do with. Excellent acting that captures the essence of small town life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dazed and confused has to be the best movie ever made. it reminds me of my friends parting mad crazy. But this movie and awesome.
Ren827 More than 1 year ago
This movie is a must see for anyone who was a teen in the 1970's. It really took me back. It had all the things I remember from the music to the clothes to the cars. All it was missing was the CB radio. The acting was great and the cast was incredible. This film is definitely one to add to your movie collection.
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