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Fandango (1985) (2005)

Kevin Costner , Judd Nelson , Kevin Reynolds  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson, Sam Robards, Suzy Amis, Marvin J. Mc Intyre
  • Directors: Kevin Reynolds
  • Writers: Kevin Reynolds, James Big Boy Medlin
  • Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Tim Zinnemann
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006J28NC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,742 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fandango (1985)" on IMDb

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  • Theatrical trailer

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Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson. Five college roommates graduate from the University of Texas, Class of '71, and decide they deserve one last group fling across the badlands of Texas to the Mexican border before heading off to adulthood. 1985/color/91 min/PG.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Fandango March 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Five graduate college students, calling themselves the Groovers set out on their last road trip together to dig up Dom before going their separate ways. One a loner, one a ROTC, one confused, one a minister, and one passed out. Gardner Barnes played by Kevin Costner is the loner that will realize he should not have been so distant. Phil Hicks played by Judd Nelson is the ROTC that begins to appreciate life rather than constantly complain about it. Kenneth Waggener played by Sam Robards is confused about giving up a chance at marriage and whether he should show up for duty in the service. Dorman played by Chuck Bush studied for ministry but is not sure how to approach it. He finds that supporting those around him is the answer. Lester Griffin, played by Brian Cesak, is passed out for most their journey but will wake up just in time for their last night together. The directing, acting, sets, and music are all great.

This movie was never a big hit, but it strikes a chord with most people that recall graduating from High School or College and spending a short time with their friends before going their own way. The journey in this case is to dig up a bottle not a friend. The journey is what makes this movie great because we realize that life is a journey and the trip is what makes it, not getting to the destination. Some scenes are hysterically funny like the Parachute School jump with pilot Truman Sparks played by Marvin J., McIntyre. Other scenes like the wedding are truly poignant. Don't miss the movie, it is one of Kevin Costner's and Judd Nelson's best. Fans of the 80s movies will definitely enjoy it. Although the timeline for the movie is 1971, the message is the same today. Life moves forward, so embrace it. The picture and sound quality on the DVD is excellent and it includes some extras. The soundtrack for this is wonderful if you are fan of rock and new age. Pat Metheny's "It's for you" is a nice touch.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, WB; do us a favor here... May 6, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This little coming-of-age flick is a real gem. All of the comments of hungry actors, hungry directors, etc., etc., etc., are correct. And, perhaps, the wonderful script, the genuine enthusiastic acting, the flying stunts, the hundreds of moments we can all identify with (You've got to love the bottle rocket battle, and the broken down car scene), the soundtrack which is arguably one of the best uses of classic cuts by Blind Faith, Elton John, and the wonderful Pat Metheny ballad at the wedding, all pull this little cinematic adventure together.

Read all the reviews, see the movie, and then do us all a favor. With the myriad tons of junk released on DVD these days (and re- and re-released, with more "features", second disks of the director's brothers commentary, and on and on, ad nauseum), write a note to Warner, and maybe WB could do us consumers a small favor and release this on DVD. Hey, I'll buy the first. Maybe the second and third, too, as gifts.

This movie is one of those wonderful reasons to have a home theater, and share moments with family and friends, and maybe just sit around and have an evening to yourself, and cherish what the big screen can do. How about a little help, eh WB?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Special Movie June 9, 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
Have you ever taken the ultimate road trip? Have you ever traveled that glorious byway of youth toward some pointless destination? And did you take all those detours down the side roads headed to grand new adventures promising endless fun? Do you remember those special people you left behind in their youth who are still very much a part of you today? Have you ever wondered what might have been had you not parted with that special girl who once you may have loved? And could you ever have imagined how your new beginnings would often cause such abrupt and melancholy endings?
Have you ever taken the ultimate road trip? You know, the one from yesterday to tomorrow, from childhood to adulthood, from high school or college to responsibility. Did you tarry along the way? And all the while, did you notice the direction home behind you was vanishing? Do you ever wish you could go back to those crossroads in your life, if only for a few moments, knowing what you know today? Do you cherish your choices? And most of all, do you cherish those unforgettable memories of your youth?
Or do you just like the shape of Texas?
If your fancy dances to any of these themes, then you should consider dancing this Fandango.
For almost two decades a Kevin Reynolds' classic has remained the best kept secret in Hollywood. It simply beggars belief. Fandango deserved better. Yes, I know . . . it's a bit sophomoric and far-fetched at times, but behind all the "Animal House" humor lies "Big Chill" substance. If you give it a chance, Fandango will do what it does best. It will take you home again, if only for a while. In a perfect ending, Fandango blends incredible music with such sweet sadness, it cannot fail to stir both heart and soul. So, don't miss this dance. It's a privilege of youth, and it's for you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS TO MY FAVORITE KEVS! January 26, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
The genius of writer/director Kevin Reynolds, the brilliant Kevin Costner, plus stellar performances from Judd Nelson and Marvin J. McIntyre combined with the rest of this perfect cast puts this coming of age film over the top! Add the perfect soundtrack against the backdrop of Texas scenery and you get a heart tugging, heart pounding, roller coaster of a movie with enough memorable lines to keep you coming back for more again and again. The only thing missing for us die-hard Fandango fans is a long overdue sequel and the DVD of course! Thanks for this jewel of a film Kev and Kev.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it all works
these actors have all moved on to bigger things, but it is hard to top this piece of americana. touching and wonderful in all the right ways.
Published 6 days ago by aldo ray
5.0 out of 5 stars True Love Rocks <3
Kevin is awesome and funny in this. I can watch this all the time. It's about life, goals, LOVE and so much more... Quality and service A+. Read more
Published 1 month ago by shoozies
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a skydiver, nuff said.
Maybe a little more. The movie is cute enough, but as a skydiver I find the whole skydiving portion of the movie hilareous. It never gets old.
Published 2 months ago by Errol
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Keven Costner
I am a fan. I loved Silverado, and this film is early acting of Keven. Its GREAT! Really fun and entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, but relatively unknown flick
I'm not sure why, but I really enjoy this movie. Young Kevin Costner and Judd Nelson are very entertaining. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lori A. Early
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem that needs to be seen!
I've of my very favorite Costner films, hands down. Amazed so few people know about it. Very funny with some very touching moments, a ring of truth in the friendships depicted and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kai Tiura
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny how your memory affects your sense of believability
Mildly surprised at how outlandishly impossible the premise for this movie is!
Funny (or sad) how much your tastes and tolerances change from when you're young and when you... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BIG RED ONE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I like all the music, some very funny parts, and it brought back some good memories of that particular time in our country.
Published 3 months ago by Computer User
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice picture.
Nice movie. A little unrealistic. Very funny picture. Wish there was a Fandango 2. Would like to see it on the big screen.
Published 4 months ago by Mark Racer
5.0 out of 5 stars A CULT CLASSIC, FOR GOOD REASON
One of my favorite comedies. A few of the scenes are classic, and in spite of what Steven Speilberg thought, this is a good movie and worth my time whenever I watch it, something... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alex in Florida
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Who released this DVD and when? Extras?
Ok, a bit late but here goes:

1.) Yes it is a Warner Brothers release.

2.) Released in 2005

3.) No interviews or deleted scenes. No making of either. It does contain a theatrical trailer, dolby digital 5.1, and subtitles in english, french and spanish. Probably not really considered extras,... Read more
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