Dazed and Confused

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Dazed and Confused is a 1993 film about the adventures of incoming high school freshmen and seniors on the last day of school, in May of 1976.

Written and directed by Richard Linklater.
It was the last day of school in 1976, a time they'd never forget... if only they could remember.taglines

David Wooderson

  • Let me tell you what Melba Toast is packin' right here, alright. We got 4:11 Posi-trac out back, 750 double pumper, Edelbrock intake, bored over 30, 11 to 1 pop-up pistons, turbo-jet 390 horsepower. We're talkin' some fuckin' muscle.
  • Alright, alright, alright.
  • Yeah, well, listen. You ought to ditch the two geeks you're in the car with now and get in with us. But that's alright, we'll worry about that later. I will see you there. All right?
  • That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older and they stay the same age.
  • I love those redheads!
  • Man, it's the same bullshit they tried to pull in my day. If it ain't that piece of paper, there's some other choice they're gonna try and make for you. You gotta do what Randall "Pink" Floyd wants to do, man. Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they're gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.
  • Party at the Moon Tower.
  • Hey, hey, hey, hey, watch the leather, man!
  • Slater, papers man.
  • Im here man...

Randall "Pink" Floyd

  • Marijuana on one. Reefer on two.
  • You know what, coach. I gotta get going. Me and my "loser" friends, you know, we gotta get Aerosmith tickets. Top priority of the summer. Oh, and coach, uh, I forgot. I might play ball... [throws marijuana abstainance pledge sheet at coach]...but I will never sign that.
  • If I ever begin to refer to these as the "best years of my life", remind me to kill myself.
  • Joint sub-committee on the 50 yard line!

Ron Slater

  • [looking over Austin, Texas] Would you look at this fucking town, man? It's dead. Imagine how many people out there are fuckin' right now man, just goin' at it.
  • I'm letting you have shotgun. But I want you to know it's because only 'cuz I'm goin' inside.
  • Behind every good man there is a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and everyday George would come home, she would have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he come in the door, man, she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man.
  • Didja ever look at a dollar bill, man? There's some spooky shit goin' on there. And it's green too.
  • I know you..we had geography together, remember?
  • Hey, Coach Conrad! Remember me? Second period? Gym class?
  • Oh, man, I'm fuckin' wasted.
  • Hey, man. It's quality, not quantity, alright man?
  • I never get "shotgun".
  • [after Dawson tackles him, playfully] What the fuck, man!

Benny O'Donnell

  • [on public address system, to junior high students] Okay, all you freshman fucks, listen up! Normally you'd be spending your freshman summer getting your asses busted, and running for your worthless little lives. But today, since we feel so sorry for you, we're gonna make it easy on ya. If you meet us, right here, after school you'll only get one "lick" from each of us. But if you run like cowards, well, it's open season, all summer long, boys. Oh, and Mitch Kramer. Mitchy-Mitchy-Mitchy...We're gonna be lookin' for you, pal. Your ass is gonna be purple by the time this day's over. Have a nice afternoon. [kisses CB mic]
  • [To Mitch Kramer, who's pitching in a baseball game] Hope you've got more than a jock strap on under there, ya little rat!

Don Dawson

  • Vicki. Come on, let's skip out and go get naked. Come on let's go.
  • [to Mitch] You know that Julie chick? Loves you. You want her? Gotta play it cool, you know. You can't let her know how much you like her 'cause if she knows, she'll dump you like that [snaps fingers]. Believe me. Like, if she asks you if you want a ride, you say, "No, I've got my own ride, but maybe I'll see you later." Sounds stupid, doesn't it? It works.
  • Mmm... bowling ball. Bowling ball. Yeah throw it. Faggot, sissy, pussy, freshman.
  • [tricking the freshman so he can use the keg] Oh no! Look, look! It's the cops! [they all run] See? It's so easy.
  • Well, all I'm saying is that I want to look back and say that I did I the best I could while I was stuck in this place. Had as much fun as I could while I was stuck in this place. Played as hard as I could while I was stuck in this place... Dogged as many girls as I could while I was stuck in this place...

Fred O'Bannion

  • Y'all ready to bust some ass?
  • This first lick I'd like to dedicate to your mother... fuck her.
  • What are you looking at? Huh? I'll kick your fucking ass, right now! What are you smiling at? Freshman faggot! [shoves Mitch] Fuck all of you! Fuck you!
  • Where you runnin' to? We ain't gonna hurt you..much.

Mike Newhouse

  • ...I wanna dance!
  • I'm just trying to be honest about being a misanthrope.
  • It's seems what everybody in this car needs is some good ol' worthwhile visceral experience.
  • You're telling me, I'm being stalked by a Nazi.
  • [to Cynthia, after getting his ass kicked by Clint] I got some pretty good hits in there, right? I mean, you wouldn't say I got my ass kicked..right?
  • Look, man, I got it all planned out. Most fights in places like this never get past a punch or two before they're broken up, know what I'm saying? There's almost a natural instinct not to upset the herd. So all I have to do is get in one good punch, play defense and wait.


  • Ms. Ginny Stroud: Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes.
  • Cynthia: I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor, insignificant preamble to somethin' else.
  • Cynthia: The Fifties were boring, the Sixties rocked, and the Seventies..oh god..well, they obviously suck...maybe the Eighties will be radical..
  • Tony: "Neo-McCarthyism", I like that.
  • Darla: Lick me, all of you.
  • Darla: What are you looking at? Wipe that face off your head, bitch.
  • Simone: I did it when I was a freshman, and you'll do it when you're seniors. but you're doing great. Now fry like bacon, you little freshman piggies. Fry!
  • Jodi: What are we having social hour over here? [aside] I'm supposed to be being a bitch.
  • Clint: I only came here to do two things, kick some ass and drink some beer. [glances over his shoulder] Looks like we're almost outta beer.


Pickford: Slater-san, how's it goin'?
Slater: Fixin' to be a lot better, man.

Mitch: [after seniors threaten him] Er, Mr. Payne. Sir. You know every second that you could let us out early would really increase our chances of survival.
Mr. Payne, junior high school teacher: It's like our sergeant told us before one trip into the jungle. [shouts] Men! Fifty of you are leaving on a mission. Twenty-five of you ain't coming back.
Mitch: Okay.

Cynthia: God, don't you ever feel like everything we do and everything we've been taught is just to service the future?
Tony: Yeah I know, like it's all preparation.
Cynthia: Right. But what are we preparing ourselves for?
Mike: Death.
Tony: Life of the party.
Mike: It's true.
Cynthia: You know, but that's valid because if we are all gonna die anyway shouldn't we be enjoying ourselves now? You know, I'd like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.

Tony: So, you're not gonna go to law school? What do you wanna do then?
Mike: I wanna dance!

Tony: [describing his dream] So there I am, getting it on with this perfect female body and...
Mike: What?
Tony: I can't say.
Mike: No, you can't give a build-up like that and not deliver. You know, a perfect female body, it's not a bad start.
Tony: But with the head of Abraham Lincoln. With the hat and the beard, everything.

Freshman Girl: Will you marry me?
Dawson: I don't know. What's in it for me?
Freshman Girl: Anything you want.
Dawson: Anything?
Freshman Girl: Anything.
Dawson: [opening his mouth wide] Go like this. [she opens her mouth] Do you spit or swallow?
Freshman Girl: Whatever you...like.
Dawson: Whatever I like? I would definitely marry you.

Wooderson: Say, man, you got a joint?
Mitch: No, not on me, man.
Wooderson: It'd be a lot cooler if you did.

Slater: You cool man?
Mitch: Like how?
Slater: [rolling his eyes as he walks away] OK man.
Pink: He was asking if you get high.

Dawson: Did you hear that O'Bannion flunked?
Pink: Yeah, what a dumbshit.

O'Bannion: Hey Slater, you fuckin' hippie, give me drugs, man.
Slater: Go get some from your mother, man.
O'Bannion: We just bagged your mother.
Slater: Okay, fuck you dickhead.

Dawson: There's Shavonne. I think she might still be mad at me. Watch me get something going here.
[The girls drive up]
Dawson: Hey, what's going on?
Shavonne: Hey, not much. How about you?
Dawson: Oh, a little weed, you know. There may be a beer bust later on.
Shavonne: Oh really? Cool, so I guess we'll see ya there?
Slater: All right, check ya later!
[The girls leave]
Dawson: Slate man, why are you always such a dork man?
Slater: What are you talking about man?
Dawson: [derisively] "Check ya later! Check ya later!" [laughs]
Slater: Hey man, get off my case!
Dawson: Chicks don't wanna hear that shit, man!
Slater: The chicks in our grade don't wanna hear nothin', man! The g-, the girls in our grade are all prudes, man! They're worthless little bitches! The ones who came before us, man, they were wild, man!
Dawson: Yeah, sounds to me like you just haven't gotten past the sniffin' butt stage, man, that's what that sounds like.
Slater: Hey, it's quality, not quantity, man...It's like when I get to college, man, I can't wait to get to college!
Dawson: Yeah, when I get to college, all I'm gonna do is, bang bang bangbangbangbang..

Clint: What did you just say?
Mike: What?
Clint: Just now, man. When you walked past, what'd you say?
Mike: About what?
Clint: You said, "Someone's tokin' some reefer."
Mike: No, I meant somewhere I smell some pot, you know? It was just an observation.
Clint: Oh, an observation, huh? Well who the hell are you, man? Isaac fucking Newton?

Dawson: Hey, "Tubs". Catch. Get outta here.
[tosses a freshman a beer]
Benny: What are you wasting a beer on him for?
Dawson: What? It's not a big deal
O' Bannion: Man, this fucking sucks! Last fuckin' day of school, no fuckin' party, no fuckin' -- Ah!
[throws a beer out of anger]
Benny: You just wasted another fuckin' beer.
O' Bannion: Ah, shut up.

Slater: This place used to be off limits, man, 'cause some drunk freshman fell off. He went right down the middle, smacking his head on every beam, man. I hear it doesn't hurt after the first couple though. Autopsy said he had one beer, how many did you have?
Mitch: Four.
Slater: You're dead, man, you're so dead. Look at the blood stains right there.

Mike: Don't air raid for that bitch, I hate that shit. It's like that Clint fucker in front of all his friends. Huh? Huh, mother fucker?
Tony: Okay Mike.
Mike: Dominant male monkey mother fucker.

Pink: Don, have you ever thought about why we play football? How many times have you gotten laid strictly because you're a football player?
Don: I don't know. A few, probably...
Pink: A few? Well, all I'm saying is that I think we'd do just as good if we were, like, in a band or something...

Wooderson: I've been thinkin' about gettin' back in school, though, man.
Dawson: What, like, J.C. or something like that?
Wooderson: Yeah, man. But I'd just as soon keep workin', though, keep a little change in my pocket. Better than listenin' to some dipshit, doesn't know what the hell he's talkin' about, anyway!
Dawson: I know what you're talkin' about, man!
Wooderson [to Mitch]: So, you're a freshman, right? Tell me, man, how's this year's crop of freshman chicks lookin' this year?
Dawson: Wood, you're gonna go to jail very soon, man!
Wooderson: Naw, man, that's what I like about these high school girls, man; I get older, they stay the same age..

Cynthia: Which one of you had the theory about how president Ford's old football head injuries is affecting the economy?
Tony: Did you know Ford was on the Warren Commission?
Mike: Who cares, he's outta there this fall. Look, we need some alcohol.
Tony: That's a thought.

Mike: I'm just sayin', if we're gonna go out, if we're gonna drive around, we should just do something.
Cynthia: Yeah, you know, you're right, man. I'm just gonna, you know, get drunk, maybe get laid or start a fight...
Mike: I'm serious, man. We should be up for anything.

Michelle: [singing] Watch them fly... away...
Pickford: You guys know what that song is about? It's about aliens. We're the aliens, man. We're the savages.
Kyle: What, you mean that song's about that?
Slater: Yeah, man. That song is about that, man.
Kyle: About aliens?
Slater: Yeah, man. You didn't know that? This country's founded... it was founded by people who were into aliens, man. George Washington, man. He was in a cult. And the cult was into aliens, man. You didn't know that?
Kyle: No.
Slater: Oh, man, they were way into that type of stuff, man.

Kyle: George toked weed, man?
Slater: Absolutely George toked weed, are you kiddin' me, man? He grew fields of that stuff, man, that's what I'm talkin' about. Fields.
Kyle: He grew that shit up Mount Vernon, man.
Slater: Mount Vernon, man? He grew it all over the country, man. He had people growin' it all over the country, you know. The whole country back then was gettin' high. Lemme tell you, man, 'cause he knew he was onto somethin', man. He knew that it would be a good cash crop for the southern states, man, so he grew fields of it, man. But you know what? Behind every good man there's a woman, and that woman was Martha Washington, man, and every day, George would come home, she'd have a big fat bowl waiting for him, man, when he'd come in the door. She was a hip, a hip, hip lady, man.

Slater: [continuing his speech about George and Martha Washington] ...and she was real cool too. She'd harvest the crops, man. That's what I'm talkin' about. She'd put it in the bushels and stuff, and sell it, you know, because they had to make ends meet and stuff. I mean, did you ever look at a dollar bill, man? There's some spooky stuff goin' on on a dollar bill, man. And it's green too.

Kaye: You know, you guys were in class trying to list all the "Gilligan's Island" episodes without even a hint of irony.
Shavonne: What the hell are you talking about, girl?
Kaye: You weren't thinking about it, were you?
Shavonne: Gilligan's Island?
Kaye: It's what's called a male pornographic fantasy.
Shavonne: Oh my...
Kaye: Think about it. You're basically alone on a deserted island with two readily available women. One a seductive sex-godess type, the other a healthy girl-next-door type with a nice butt. So guys have it all, the madonna and the whore. Women get nothing; we get a geek, an overweight middle-aged guy, some nerdy scientific type, I mean...
Jodi: The professor's sexy.

Hirschfelder: What the hell are we doing? I was gettin' there. Man, I had my hand up her shirt.
Carl: You were gettin' there? You hear that, he was gettin' there. Son, you wouldn't know what to do even if you had gotten there, so don't worry about it.
Hirschfelder: Just because you guys are striking out...
Tommy: Grow up, boy. That was our last junior high party.
Carl: That's right. We're in the big time now. We're freshmen. Where all the girls be putting out. Your days of fooling around with doing tongue all night are over.

Coach Conrad: Come here, Randy. Come here. You been out with those losers all night?
Slater: Hey, Coach Conrad. Remember me? Second-period gym class?
Coach Conrad: That's the kind of people I was tellin' you about. Trouble like this means nothing to those clowns. You're the one with something to lose.
Pink: Coach, you don't even know them. How can you even pretend to talk that way?
Coach Conrad: Okay, Randy. I shouldn't do this, but I'm willing to wipe the slate clean and forget about this. I want you to get your priorities straight, quit hanging out with those hoodlums and sign your commitment to your team. Have you done that yet?
Pink: I'm still thinkin' about it.
Coach Conrad: No one's paying you to think about it, just do it!
Pink: You know, Coach, I gotta get goin'. Me and my "loser" friends, you know, we gotta get Aerosmith tickets. Top priority of the summer. Oh, and Coach, I forgot. I might play ball. But I will never sign that!


  • It was the last day of school in 1976, a time they'd never forget... if only they could remember.
  • Weed rules.
  • See It With A Bud


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