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Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cast: Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards

     
 

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The still unknown Kevin Costner carries this film that involves five college roommates on a last "fandango" before they separately face the harsh realities of an unpredictable future. It is 1971, and the Vietnam War has not yet ended. Gardner Barnes (Costner) has extended his college years by six semesters in an attempt to stave off the rapidly approaching future,… See more details below

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The still unknown Kevin Costner carries this film that involves five college roommates on a last "fandango" before they separately face the harsh realities of an unpredictable future. It is 1971, and the Vietnam War has not yet ended. Gardner Barnes (Costner) has extended his college years by six semesters in an attempt to stave off the rapidly approaching future, Kenneth (Sam Robards) has just canceled his wedding in a drunken look at reality, Lester (Brian Cesak) loves alcohol and tags along with the group just to have a good time, Dorman (Chuck Bush) is devoted to existentialism and flights of poetic fancy, and Phil (Judd Nelson) is barely a member of the group because he is consorting with the enemy: he is a member of ROTC. This unlikely mismatch cavorts through several classic college pranks, among them taking bets on daredevil acts like skydiving into the middle of nowhere. As their high jinks continue, it becomes apparent that their real desire is not to live a wild life for its own sake, but to postpone the moment when they will have to leave school and its lifestyle behind them.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
The year is 1971. Kenneth has called off his wedding because he has been drafted. Phil is going off to fight in Vietnam. The entire gang has just graduated from college. With adulthood very much at hand, Gardner decides before he runs off to Mexico to escape the draft that the Groovers need to go "dig up Dom." It is on this thin strand of a plot that first-time director Kevin Reynolds hangs a series of bittersweet coming-of-age sequences full of warmth, charm, and humor. One of the continuing subplots in the film is that Phil and Gardner fight over Kenneth's future. Phil wants him to go to Vietnam, while Gardner wants him to dodge his induction notice. During their adventure, the guys pick up a pair of girls who take them to a cemetery where they all engage in a fireworks fight. During this humorous sequence, Kenneth slips on a fresh grave. He sees that it is for a young man just killed in the war. As he rolls back over, the sky is full of smoke and flashes of light, while on the ground people run haphazardly and scream. Suddenly the fireworks fight has become something else. It is a moment when a character gets to see one of his possible futures. Each of the characters has a scene where he is allowed to glimpse what may be in store for them. Those moments, which could come off as cutesy and coy, are actually quite moving thanks to the wonderful script by Reynolds and the unforced performances by Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, and Sam Robards. By the end of the film, each of them has made difficult decisions about themselves and their friendships. The Groovers succeed in their quest to dig up Dom, but their real accomplishment is that they grow into such fine young men.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/1999
UPC:
0085391705833
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Gardner Barnes
Judd Nelson Phil Hicks
Sam Robards Kenneth Waggener
Chuck Bush Dorman
Brian Cesak Lester
Marvin J. McIntyre Truman Sparks
Suzy Amis Deb
Glenne Headly Trelis
Pepe Serna Gas station mechanic
Elizabeth Daily Judy
Robyn Rose Lorna
Don Brunner Heckler No. 1
Allen Keown Butcher
Stanley Grover Phil's Dad
Jane A. Johnston Phil's Mom
Michael Conn Heckler No. 2
Michael Maxwell Katz Heckler No. 3
Dana Halsted Coed
Karl Wickman Helicopter Pilot
Michael M. Vendrell Helicopter Policeman
Bill Warren 'Truman' Stunt Pilot
Bill Evridge Rancher
Margaret Nelson Rancher's Wife
Manley Adams Man on Beach
Ken Fagen Man on Beach
Bill Silver Man on Beach
Ben Graham Mayor
Jewel Watson Salad Lady

Technical Credits
Kevin Reynolds Director,Screenwriter
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Shane Dixon Stunts
Mary Goldberg Casting
Michael Hancock Makeup
Larry Holt Stunts
Pat Kehoe Associate Producer
Kathleen Kennedy Executive Producer
Fred Lerner Stunts
Frank Marshall Executive Producer
James Big Boy Medlin Screenwriter
Michele Neely Costumes/Costume Designer
Barrie M. Osborne Associate Producer
Thomas del Ruth Cinematographer
Steve Semel Editor
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Peter Smith Art Director
Chuck Waters Stunts
Robert Zilliox Set Decoration/Design
Tim Zinnemann Producer

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