|Directed by||Tim Hunter|
|Produced by||Tim Zinnemann
|Screenplay by||Charles S. Haas
by S. E. Hinton
|Music by||Pino Donaggio|
|Edited by||Howard E. Smith|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|July 30, 1982|
Tex is a 1982 drama film directed by Tim Hunter (his first film as a director) and written by Charles S. Haas, based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. Matt Dillon and Jim Metzler play brothers who struggle after their mother dies and their father walks out on them.
- Matt Dillon as Tex McCormick
- Jim Metzler as Mason McCormick
- Meg Tilly as Jamie Collins
- Bill McKinney as Pop McCormick
- Frances Lee McCain as Mrs. Johnson
- Ben Johnson as Cole Collins
- Phil Brock as Lem Peters
- Nell Carter as Mrs. Peters
- Emilio Estevez as Johnny Collins
- Tom Virtue as Bob Collins
- Jack Thibeau as Coach Jackson
- Željko Ivanek as Hitchhiker
- Pamela Ludwig as Connie
The film was rated "PG" rather than the "G" then customarily earned by Walt Disney Studios productions, and was noted as an early effort by Disney to incorporate more mature subject matter into its films. Tim Hunter, who had previously co-written the 1979 film Over the Edge with Charles Haas, brought the project to Disney and asked for the opportunity to direct it himself. The film was shot entirely on location in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma and its suburbs, the setting of the S. E. Hinton novel on which it is based.
Tex received mainly positive reviews from critics, and has an 83% "fresh" rating from the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Janet Maslin of The New York Times lauded the picture as "an utterly disarming, believable portrait of a small-town adolescent" that "captures Miss Hinton's novel perfectly" and that would "make a star out of Matt Dillon" and "forever alter the way moviegoers think about Walt Disney pictures." Roger Ebert gave the film 4 stars out of 4 and noted that Hunter and Haas, as in their previous writing effort, the 1979 film Over the Edge, were "still remembering what it's like to be young, still getting the dialogue and the attitudes, the hang-ups and the dreams, exactly right." David Sterritt of The Christian Science Monitor called it "probably the best picture turned out by the Disney studio since the heyday of the legendary Walt himself."
On the other hand, Variety wrote that "writers Charlie Haas and Tim Hunter (latter making his directing debut) seem intent on incorporating every conceivable adolescent and adult trauma into their script [from the novel by S.E. Hinton], thus leaving the film with a very overdone, contrived feeling."
- Stephen Farber, "The 'Oddball' Who Brought 'Tex' to Disney", The New York Times, October 10, 1982.
- Tex (1982) at Rotten Tomatoes (accessed 2014-01-31).
- Janet Maslin, "'Tex,' Parentless Boys in Oklahoma", The New York Times, September 28, 1982.
- Roger Ebert, "Tex", January 1, 1982.
- David Sterritt, "'Tex,' Disney's sensitive story of a teenager's life", The Christian Science Monitor, August 5, 1982.
- "Review: 'Tex'", Variety, December 31, 1981.