• Happy, Texas (1999)

Happy, Texas

Release Date: October 8th, 1999

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2000

PG-13 |1 hr 44 min

Plot Summary

When bank robbers Harry (Jeremy Northam) and Wayne (Steve Zahn) escape from prison and stumble into the tiny Texas Panhandle town of Happy, they're mistaken for the gay couple who were scheduled to help plan the town's child beauty pageant. As the criminals take advantage of the misapprehension to lie low while planning their next heist, complications include the local sheriff (William H. Macy) and his attraction to Harry, and Wayne's feelings for schoolteacher Ms. Schaefer (Illeana Douglas).

Cast: Jeremy Northam, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Ally Walker, Illeana Douglas, M.C. Gainey, Ron Perlman, Tim Bagley

Director: Mark Illsley

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Miramax

Keywords: Small town , Madcap , Police station , Love triangle , 1990s , Transformation , School , Prison

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Bob GrahamSan Francisco Chronicle

    Anybody with a soft spot for fakers, who either identifies with them or just admires their chutzpah, is going to get a kick out of Happy, Texas. show more

  • 50
    Desmond RyanPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Illsley's fine cast, with a riotous contribution from William H. Macy as the sheriff who falls for Harry, plays out the comedy without condescension.

  • 75
    Kevin MaynardMr. Showbiz

    Zahn's dazed and confused, droopy-mustached dude steals every scene he's in...a movie that will make you smile and put a lump in your throat.

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