Tex is a 1982 American drama film released by Buena Vista Distribution Company and directed by Tim Hunter based on the novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton.


Tex McCormick, an Oklahoma farm boy who drifts into bad company and a dangerous lifestyle after his mother dies and his father deserts him. His older brother Mason struggles to keep his sibling on the straight and narrow, but he too has a cross to bear: his crippling lack of self-worth. Surprisingly, the film was produced by the Disney company, which heretofore had painted a more upbeat portrait of teen-age life. Dillon would go on to appear in two more Hinton adaptations, while Tex supporting player Emilio Estevez would show up in an additional three. S.E. Hinton herself appears in the small role of Mrs. Barnes, a schoolteacher.


Production Credits

  • Directed by Tim Hunter
  • Produced by Tim Zinneman, Ron Miller
  • Written by Charles S. Haas & Tim Hunter
  • S. E. Hinton (novel)
  • Music by Pino Donaggio
  • Cinematography Ric Waite
  • Editing by Howard E. Smith
  • Studio Walt Disney Productions
  • Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
  • Release date(s) July 30, 1982 (1982-07-30)
  • Running time 103 minutes
  • Country United States
  • Language English
  • Box office $7,400,000


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