- This article is about the 1995 film. For 2010 television series, see Glory Daze (TV series).
|Directed by||Rich Wilkes|
|Produced by||Michael Scott Bloom|
|Written by||Rich Wilkes|
|Music by||The Vandals
|Release date(s)||September 1995 (limited)
September 27, 1996 (wide)
|Running time||100 minutes|
The film deals with five friends who share a house (called "El Rancho") while attending art school at UC Santa Cruz. Now they are graduating, and they are struggling to delay going their separate ways. Party animal Jack (Ben Affleck) is still reeling over breaking up with his girlfriend, while also contending with his career choice to be an artist to the chagrin of his upper class parents. Rob (Sam Rockwell) is committing, although reluctantly in moving to Los Angeles with his longtime girlfriend. Longtime student Dennis (French Stewart) has been accepted to a master's program at school in Michigan, although his mentor's influence may prohibit him from doing so. Mickey (Vinnie DeRamus) doesn't know how to tell his longtime best friend Chelsea (Alyssa Milano) that he's in love with her while Slosh (Vien Hong) gave up his brilliant potential by dropping out and becoming a ne'er do well drunk with dead end jobs. The five must either stay living in what is their past, or carry on and follow their futures as adults.
Matt Damon has a tiny cameo as a hated ex-roommate, John Rhys-Davies plays an unscrupulous art teacher, Alyssa Milano is a friend and love interest, Matthew McConaughey is an alcoholic rental truck representative, and the role of Ben Affleck's overbearing father is played by Spalding Gray. There is also a small scene with Leah Remini and Brendan Fraser.
Glory Daze is notable for being such a small production featuring so many then lesser-known actors (Affleck, Damon, Stewart, Rockwell, McConaughey, Remini, Fraser) who would all soon achieve a level of mainstream success that, in many cases, surpassed that of the cast members who were more recognizable at the time it was made (Milano, Rhys-Davies, Gray).
The film is also notable for its soundtrack of contemporary, mainly Californian, skate/punk rock music, featuring an original score by The Vandals and other music by bands typical of the genre, including NOFX, Bad Religion, Tilt, The Mr. T Experience, Ednaswap, and Bouncing Souls. The soundtrack album was released on The Vandals' label Kung Fu Records.
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