Happy, Texas (film)
|Directed by||Mark Illsley|
|Music by||Peter Harris|
|Cinematography||Bruce Douglas Johnson|
|Edited by||Norman Buckley|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|October 1, 1999|
|Box office||$3.92 million|
It was a positively reviewed film, and was a box office hit, grossing $3.7 million against a $1.4 million budget, and is now considered a cult classic.
Three prisoners escape from a chain gang, and two of them, Wayne and Harry (Zahn and Northam) run away to Happy, Texas, where they pose as the gay organizers of a beauty pageant. They put on a show with the small girls of the town while hiding from the law and waiting for the opportunity to rob the local bank.
Their scheme is complicated by the fact that the local sheriff (Macy) is gay, and he's attracted to the prisoner Harry. Straight Harry on the other hand is attracted to local lady banker Josephine (Walker). Meanwhile, "gay" David, also actually straight, gets it on with the local pageant coodinator, Doreen (Douglas).
- Steve Zahn as Wayne Wayne Wayne Jr. (David)
- Jeremy Northam as Harry Sawyer (Steven 'Steve')
- William H. Macy as Sheriff Chappy Dent
- Ally Walker as Josephine 'Joe' McClintock the Banker
- Illeana Douglas as Doreen Schaefer
- M. C. Gainey as Robert 'Bob' Allen Maslow
- Ron Perlman as Marshal Nalhober
- Mo Gaffney as Mrs. Bromley
- Paul Dooley as The Judge
The film received a rating of 81% "Certified Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 52 critics, stating "Happy, Texas is a simple, funny romantic comedy that benefits from a very talented cast and a good soundtrack." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave it 3/4. Steve Zahn won three awards for his performance in the film.
Zahn's performance was hugely praised by critics, and although he had appeared in several hit Hollywood films, Happy, Texas was cited as his breakout film.
|Happy, Texas: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by various artists|
|Released||September 14, 1999|
The soundtrack album for Happy, Texas features a mix of mostly country music by such artists as Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Brad Paisley and BR5-49. There are also bits of Tejano (Flaco Jimenez) and exotica (Yma Sumac).
- "Passin' Through" (Randy Scruggs and Joan Osborne) – 5:16
- "Good at Secrets" (Kim Richey) – 4:20
- "This Little Light of Mine"/"Fort Davis Contestant" (Carly Fink) – 0:17
- "Are You Happy Baby?" (Lee Roy Parnell and Keb' Mo') – 2:27
- "Ordinary Heart" (Emmylou Harris) – 2:58
- "Baila Este Ritmo" (Flaco Jiménez) – 3:17
- "After a Kiss" (Pam Tillis) – 4:10
- "Me Neither" (Brad Paisley) – 3:22
- "Stay" (Alison Krauss) – 3:26
- "Half a Man" (Shannon Brown) – 2:35
- "Gopher Mambo" (Yma Sumac) – 2:17
- "Honky Tonk Song" (BR5-49) – 2:38
- "That Buckin' Song (Saddle Sore Mix)" (Robert Earl Keen) – 3:51
- "Hurdy Gurdy Monkey Shine" (Road Kings) – 2:17
- "Happiness" (Abra Moore) – 4:28
- "It's Oh So Quiet" (Happy Girls) – 1:29
- Cover of song popularized by Björk
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