Dazed and Confused

1993 American film by Richard Linklater

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

  • [repeated line] Alright, alright, alright!
  • 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 on livin' man, L-I-V-I-N.

Fred O’Bannion

  • You are an embarrassment to the sport of pool, and you should be honored that I even let you play at my table.
  • I’d like to dedicate this first lick to your mother... fuck her.

Benny O'Donnell

  • [on public address system, to junior high students] Okay, all you freshman fucks, listen up!, Today's your lucky day, 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; gonna save us all a lotta time. If you meet us here, right here, after school today, y'all 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-Mitchy...We're lookin' for you, pal. Your ass'll be purple before the day's over. Have a nice afternoon. [kisses CB mic]
  • You just wasted another fucking beer!


  • 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.
  • Carl Burnett: We're not in Junior High any more. We're freshmen. We're in the big time now... where the girls will be puttin' out all the time.
  • Clint Bruno: 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.
  • Darla Marks: What are you looking at? Wipe that face off your head, bitch.
  • Cynthia Dunn: I call it the "every other decade" theory. The 50's were boring. The 60's rocked. The 70's, my god, they obviously suck. So maybe the 80s will be like, radical. I figure we'll be in our 20's and hey, it can't get any worse.


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... is sexy.

Jodi: Hey, I got a favor to ask you guys. You know my little brother?
Benny: Yeah, Mitch Kramer.
Jodi: Yeah, Mitch Kramer. Well, take it easy on him this summer will ya?
Pink: Don't worry sis, little brother's safe with us.
Jodi: Well, just don't get him worse than the other guys. He's kinda little.
Benny: OK. I promise.
[As Jodi walks off, Benny swats her on the butt with his paddle]
Jodi: [giggles] Benny! These guys, I don’t know... [leaves]
Dawson: There was just a little bit of bullshit in all that, right?
Benny: Major bullshit. He's a dead man. He’s fuckin’ dead!

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. [pause] Well, best not to think too deep on it.
Mike: Best not.
Tony: Look, I'll see you later.
Mike: See you later. [shaking his head] Sorry.

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

Wooderson: I've been thinkin' about gettin' back in school, though, man.
Dawson: What, like, J.C. or something like that?
Wooderson: Yeah, man, that's where all the girls are, right? 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; I get older, they stay the same age.
Dawson: Yes, they do.
Wooderson: Yes, they do.

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.

Mike: Look, I've got a confession to make.
Tony: What do you mean a confession?
Mike: You know how for like the last year or so I've been talking about going to law school so I can become a ACLU lawyer to be in a position to help people getting fucked over and all that? Well I'm standing in line at the post office yesterday, you know, and I'm looking around and everybody's looking really pathetic. You know what I mean? Like people have just got drool sticking there, and like this guy's bending over and you can see the crack of his ass. It was all just, like, wife beaters, it was.. Anyway, I realize that I just don't want to do it. You know what I mean? It sounds good and all, but I just have to confront the fact that I really don't like the people I've been talking about helping out. You know what I'm saying? I don't like people period. I mean you guys are okay. I don't know. I'm just trying to be honest about being a misanthrope.
Tony: So you're not going to law school? What do you want to do?
Mike: I wanna dance!

Slater: [climbing the Moon Tower] 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.

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 at 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 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.

Jodi: Hey. Little brother. Is that a beer in your hand?
Mitch: Why, yes it is.
Jodi: Have you had more than one of those tonight?
Mitch: Ah, a few, I guess. Nobody’s counting.
Jodi: [to Julie] Hey.
Julie: Hey, how’s it going? [to Kaye] Hi.
Jodi: Guess I might as well get used to seeing you at the same social functions as me, huh? And uh ,hanging out with people I know? [they laugh] Oh, and what time were you supposed to be home anyway?
Mitch: Oh jeez, I don’t know. A couple of hours ago, I guess.
Jodi: That’s bullshit. That's major bullshit. You know, Mom barely let me out of the house when I was your age?
Mitch: Aww.
Jodi: Aww. Hey, don't think for a minute she’s not going to be waiting up for you when you get home. 'Cause she will be. I’ve been through it. And she is tough.
Mitch: Just don't ask her to take it easy on me.
Jodi: [laughs] What’s that supposed to mean? Take it easy on him?
Kaye: Let’s go smoke that joint.
Jodi: He is in for a surprise.

Pink: All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life - remind me to kill myself.
Dawson: 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 chicks as I could while I was stuck in this place.
Shavonne: Whatever, Mr. Premature Ejaculation!

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, son!
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
  • You better get your priorities straight


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