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Independence Day (1983)

R
110 min | Drama, Romance

Mary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real ...See moreMary Ann Taylor loves the comforts of her hometown in Mercury, Texas. She has a steady job as a waitress in her father's diner, yet she can't help but feel unfulfilled by a life of pouring coffee and grilling hamburgers. Mary Ann's real passion is photography, but pursuing her dream of becoming a photographer means leaving Mercury behind. Despite her desperation to expand her horizons, Mary Ann hesitates to leave because of her mother's declining health and because of her new romance with Jack Parker. Jack is a mechanic who just returned to town after realizing the cruelties of the outside world. He experienced big-city living first-hand and wants nothing more than to settle down back home. But Jack and Mary Ann soon find that cruelties exist in their own little town when Jack discovers that his sister Nancy is being brutally beaten and routinely abused by her husband Les. While Jack struggles with how to help Nancy, Mary Ann is faced with a crucial choice about her future: stay in town with Jack or pursue her dream in California without him. Written by skillwithaquill See less
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Cinematographer
Charles Rosher Jr. (as Charles Rosher)
Production Designer
W. Stewart Campbell (as Stewart Campbell)
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$ 40,685
Gross (USA)
$ 151,462
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Release date
Jan 21, 1983 (United States)

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36 cast members
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Kathleen Quinlan
Mary Ann Taylor Mary Ann Taylor   See fewer
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David Keith
Jack Parker Jack Parker   See fewer
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Frances Sternhagen
Carla Taylor Carla Taylor   See fewer
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Cliff De Young
Les Morgan Les Morgan   See fewer
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Dianne Wiest
Nancy Morgan Nancy Morgan   See fewer
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Josef Sommer
Sam Taylor Sam Taylor   See fewer
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Bert Remsen
Red Malone Red Malone   See fewer
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Noble Willingham
Andy Parker Andy Parker   See fewer
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Anne Haney
Rose Parker Rose Parker   See fewer
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Judith Brown
Janis (as Judy Brown) Janis (as Judy Brown)   See fewer
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Jeff Polk
Billy Morgan Billy Morgan   See fewer
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Zachary DeLoach
Joey Morgan Joey Morgan   See fewer
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Scott Simpson
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Lane Simpson
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Kenneth E. Reynolds
Minister Minister   See fewer
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Buz Sawyer
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Donovan R. Sparhawk
Delivery Man Delivery Man   See fewer
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Ronald Riner
Bartender Bartender   See fewer
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Jacky Martin
Uncle Sam Uncle Sam   See fewer
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Bunny Summers
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Susan Ruttan
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David Dunard
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Lance Gordon
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Hurschel G. Dunn
Old Man in Diner Old Man in Diner   See fewer
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Kenny Studer
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Bruce Flanders
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Adrienne Hampton
Girl on Hill Girl on Hill   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 405 votes