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Dazed and Confused (1993)

Director:
Richard Linklater
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Coming-of-age
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Dazed and Confused
RUNNING TIME
102 minutes
Producer:
Richard Linklater
Sean Daniel
James Jacks
Screenwriter:
Richard Linklater


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Randall "Pink" Floyd Jason London ½
Mitch Kramer Wiley Wiggins
Don Dawson Sasha Jenson ½
Jodi Kramer Michelle Burge ½
Kaye Faulkner Christine Harnos
Ron Slater Rory Cochrane ½
Fred O'Bannion Ben Affleck
Mike Newhouse Adam Goldberg
Tony Olson Anthony Rapp ½
Cynthia Dunn Marissa Ribisi ½
Julie Simms Catherine Avril Morris
David Wooderson Matthew McConaughey
Kevin Pickford Shawn Andrews ½
Benny O'Donnell Cole Hauser ½
Michelle Burroughs Milla Jovovich
Simone Kerr Joey Lauren Adams
Sabrina Davis Christin Hinojosa
Darla Marks Parker Posey
Nesi White Renée Zellweger

 

Review

This film about the final day of school for a group of high-schoolers (freshmen and seniors, mostly) before the summer holiday of 1976 is one of the best examples of capturing the time-spirit of the 1970s on film. This was Richard Linklater's first big-budget movie and the title which gave him a name in the business, and the film still stands as one of the alternatives for his magnum opus (along with Boyhood, arguably). There's a sense of instantaneity to all the mundane doings and meanderings of these kids, and that underlines the whole point of this recapturing of youth: How seemingly meaningless situations take on all the meaning in the world in the eyes of the teenager. Because what is life? This is life. And for these kids, life would never again be as filled with meaning, hope and potential - all of which most of them will waste away.

Copyright © 01.05.2019 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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