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Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 is a 1998 comedy-drama film starring Breckin Meyer, Peter Facinelli, Eddie Mills, and Ethan Embry.

Dancer, Texas Pop. 81
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Promotional poster
Directed byTim McCanlies
Produced byDana Shaffer
Peter White
Chasse Foster
Written byTim McCanlies
Music bySteve Dorff
CinematographyAndrew Dintenfass
Edited byRob Kobrin
Caribou Pictures
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • May 1, 1998 (1998-05-01)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$676,631[1]



The film is set in the small, fictional American town of Dancer (Brewster County, Texas). Only 81 people live in this town. Following their high school graduation, four young men wrestle with their decisions to leave for Los Angeles.



Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 received positive reviews; it currently[when?] holds an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

The film reviewer Joe M. O'Connell, writing for the San Antonio Express-News, called the film "the finest representation of small-town Texas since The Last Picture Show".[3] The movie was filmed in Fort Davis, Texas, as Dancer and the tri-county area.


  1. ^ Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 at Rotten Tomatoes
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2007-01-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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