PG | 103 min | Friday, July 30, 1982
Oklahoma is the setting for the 1982 Walt Disney Productions adaptation of S.E. Hinton's Tex. Tim Hunter directed, later going on to achieve critical praise for both film and television works such as River's Edge, Twin Peaks and Mad Men.
Matt Dillon stars as the youngest of the two McCormick brothers who are left to fend for themselves after their mother dies and their father, a traveling rodeo rider, is rarely at home. This coming-of-age teen drama is notable for its' sometimes brutally honest realism, including such usually non-Disney issues as alcohol and drug use, sexual activity and other assorted "no-no's."
Dillon is superb as the curious, uncertain Tex, struggling to make sense of a world he's found himself in. Jim Metzler, as older brother Mason, is also excellent, while Meg Tilly, as Tex's first love, is effective. Other notable cast members include Ben Johnson, Emilio Estevez and Nell Carter.
Dillon would go on to appear in two other adaptations of Hinton's works, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish.
Disney Movie Rating:
75.94 out of 100. Total of 16 votes.
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