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In the early 1980s, in small-town Texas, dramatic events force a 19-year-old skating rink manager to look at his life in a very new way.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 4.9/10 (887 voted)

Critic's Score: 51/100

Anthony Burns

Stars: Shiloh Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Heath Freeman

An iconic tribute to a culture, place and state of mind that defined small town America in the early 80s. It is a universal moment in time, when everything you know to be true starts fading. The story is personal, yet familiar, set against a visually arresting landscape of music and vistas of Americana.

Writers: Anthony Burns, Heath Freeman


Shiloh Fernandez

Ritchie Wheeler

Ashley Greene

Michelle Burkham

Heath Freeman

Brent Burkham

Brett Cullen

David Wheeler

Melinda McGraw

Debbie Wheeler

Taylor Handley

Kenny Crawford

Haley Ramm

Mary Wheeler

A.J. Buckley

Teddy Tullos

Ellen Hollman

Deana Trammel

James LeGros

Clive Burkham

Casey LaBow

Candy Boyce

James Hébert

Tommy Dillday

Ross Francis

Danny States

Caleb Michaelson

Billy Means

D.W. Moffett

Steakhouse Manager

It was a time when life was easy…in a place they thought would never change.


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Release Date: 13 May 2011

Filming Locations: Marshall, Texas, USA

Opening Weekend: $5,254
(15 May 2011)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $14,944
(22 May 2011)

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User Review

Really enjoyed this little film

Rating: 7/10

I saw this film today at Sundance and really enjoyed it. I don't know
why the other two reviewers here suggest it would be better as a comedy
about the era or should be like Dazed and Confused. That would be a
completely different story and the writer and director obviously wanted
to tell THIS story. They show a young man dealing at age 19 with his
world crashing in on him, in several ways, pretty much all at once. I
appreciated the story they chose to tell and found the lead character
rather charming and a nice portrayal of a not too perfect "good boy." I
was interested in following what he was going through. Sure, there have
been many similar teen stories, several set in this era, and not a lot
of new material was explored. Except that the Skateland theme will be
memorable to many of us who enjoyed a skating rink during our childhood
and teen years.

One of the sad things about seeing films you like at Sundance is that
so many of them never see the light of day again. This may not be a
blockbuster, but as the closing credits ran, I thought – this one will
make it. I think the casting will help assure that this one isn't going
to be mothballed.