Gardner Barnes: "There's nothing wrong with
going nowhere son, it's a privilege of youth."
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
My bother and I have always loved Fandango (and wondered why nobody ever seems
to have heard of it). He found your website while trying to create a soundtrack
(a long held dream for us both). Your site is great. I'm sure you've been told
many times. I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for all your work.
- Randy Allen
Top notch fan site! This has always been
one of my favorite films since I saw it a decade ago, and info about it has
been very scarce! I loved all the crew pictures and the wav sounds. I'm
currently putting a soundtrack together via MP3 files and I'd be happy to share
with you what I have if you want it. Again, great
- Rick Allen, Elk Grove, CA
Hi, Alex - I am a 54 year old English
teacher from Minnesota, and have been a die-hard Kevin Costner fan for 13
years. My favorite movie has ALWAYS been "Fandango" for various personal
reasons as well as Costner's multi-layered performance which I feel is
Additionally, the parachute school episode is
one of the most creative, humorous pieces I have ever seen on film - makes me
laugh every time I watch my tape! I want to thank you for producing a site
devoted to this treasure of a film. I am hoping you get many, many visitors who
have not seen the movie, and they will rent it out of curiosity and realize
just what a gem it is! Thank you!
- Arleen Rutten,
Hi Alex - great site. God bless the
internet. Finally managed to tape Fandango when it aired on Channel 5 last
week. Great film. Interested to read your own Fandango inspired adventures.
Were you at university or college in Coventry once upon a time ? I graduated
Warwick Unviersity in 1993 but no Fandango activities ensued. All the best,
Help me please! I'm trying to determine
the artist who played the beautiful guitar solo during the wedding scene ("the
best man gets to dance with the bride"). www.IMDB.com lists various soundtrack
artists, so I've narrowed the field to these possibilities: Pat Metheny &
Lyle Mays, Keith Jarret or Los Lobos. Can you shed any light on the
- John Marks
John, I believe it was
Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays with their track "It's For You". - Alex.
The Fandango page at the totally essential Internet Movie
A page for Chata Ortega's, the deserted bar and grill
featured in the film:
Regular contributor Sue Tarrantino has a Costner home
page at: homepages.msn.com/RightWay/sudncesww
A tribute to Fandango features in mustard magazine, site
Fan's original works
Rather unusual one, this: a poem recieved from 'C. ClareBear'
The Fandango man
He ran and he ran
Crying "Love's mostly
I've done what I can"
Abandon your lover
Set her aloft
Never think of her
She'll just make you soft
All women want you
All men walk in fear
And your time's just too precious
To share some my dear.
Oh the Fandango man
He ran and he ran
I've done what I can."
Abandon your woman
Set her aloft
Give her no comfort
She'll just make you soft
All women want you
All men walk in fear
In a life too important
To need her my dear
Oh the Fandango man
He does what he can
I don't understand."
- C. ClareBear
Alex, What a wonderful tribute to a
wonderful movie. I have always loved this movie and felt it a hidden treasure.
I never fail to laugh aloud at certain scenes, no matter how many times I've
watched them. Isn't it a hoot? Your Web Page is so well put together. I love
all the pictures, expecially the Groover Group shot against the rock. Thanks to
all that contributed. I look forward to your updates. Thank you again Alex, for
all your work and for sharing.
Hi. My buddy and I are huge fans of the
movie Fandango, Could you tell me the whereabouts of the Parachute School in
the movie? My buddy and I are leaving for Texas in the next few weeks, could
you let me know?
- Ron Risley
I'm going to have to knock out some of the
cobwebs in my head, but I believe that the Parachute School as at Rattlesnake
Air Force Base in Toya, Texas. The Dom Rock is in another location on the Rio
Grande. I'll have to look at some of my old memrobelia to get the
Hello from another "Fandango" fan.... I,
and two buddies, make it a point to watch "Fandango" as a group at least once a
year. We've also traveled to Chata Ortega's and will someday make it to San
Elizario, Texas, where the wedding scene was filmed. If we only knew where Dom
was buried! (Somewhere near Big Bend, we think) I've immortalized Chata
Ortega's on my high school reunion web site:
www.central70.org/ChataOrtega640.html. Thanks for sharing
this great movie with the world.
- Gordon Hay
Alex, As a fellow Fandango fan, I never
thought I'd find a site dedicated to my 2nd favorite movie. It's excellent!
Even though it doesn't seem there are any other Fandango sites out there, it's
hard to imagine they would be better than this if they did exist. It's also
fascinating that Chuck Bush is involved and has shared information about the
movie and himself. For many years I've wondered what happened to him. It's
great to know that he's got a thriving business and that his life is going
well. If you speak to him, please give him my regards. I always thought his
character, Dorman, was very cool and wondered how close to that personality he
was in real life. Apparently the role wasn't too much of a
When I'm dealing with people in my life, I always
think "What would Dorman do?" when deciding how to treat them. If I ever get to
Louisiana, I wonder if my wife and I could meet Chuck and Angie? Anyway, thank
you for all the information, and for a great place to escape to. I'll be back
almost as often as I watch my quickly wearing copy of
- Dave Washabaugh, Johnstown, PA
Hey brother... I'm not sure if you are
still working on this web site... but I must say that I am thoroughly
impressed. We just finished watching the jax jaguars beat the browns and I was
looking around for wave files of the movie and thank god I found your site. I
used to live in ohio and my boys back there and I loved that movie. I've been
slowly but surely getting my friends down here to love it as much as
In fact we have had several Fandango parties in the
last couple of weeks. Last year my roommate, another buddy of mine and I, had
been drinking all day and I put the movie in at the end of the night. In my
inebriated state I suggested that we drive to texas and bury a bottle of dom
ourselves. We ended up driving in my car to Houston and ran out of money to buy
the damn bottle! Hell... it didn't matter at that point... the memory is
emblazoned in my brain. That my friend is the privelige of youth... take
- Mike Akers, 27, jax, Florida
Being from Texas and a UT grad - I have
always LOVED fandango and I too recommend this little known gem to fam &
friends. Looking for a synopsis on the web (because i was recommending it to a
friend across the country), I found your site. It's great! you've done a great
job with it, and i hope you keep it up. I've already sent the link to the
friends I've already converted. Terrific job, groover! DOM
- Pam Swenson
WHAT A GREAT SITE! What a great movie.
Thank you very much for making a website for my favorite movie. I lucked upon
your site after much search for information about Fandango. I'm really quite
glad to hear that I did not dream up the scene with the bikers. The network
broadcast must have been the first time I ever saw the movie. I also seem to
remember a scene with the boys swimming or something as well. I've never seen
that one again, either. Maybe when we get the DVD release.
I've noticed another continuity error that you could add
to the goofs page. (- Done,
Alex.) Thanks again for maintaining the website. Don't forget to expect
flukes. A Groover's got to.
- David Williams
Alex, you may remember me as the guy who
contacted you about your Fandango site back in '98. One of my closest friends
is Brian Cesak who played Lester. Anyway, I see that you have made some
progress on your site since I visited it last. I hadn't thought about your site
much until recently as Brian is currently visiting me in San Diego. I know he
would have some interesting stories to offer. It's funny, when I introduced
Brian to a few friends who are Fandango fans, they were beside themselves! I'd
love to see a forum on your site where fans can comment, etc. Hope to hear back
from you soon.
- Joseph Barrus
I'm hoping to
add a proper forum soon, until then there's just this page. - Alex
Greets, Found that *ONE* song I have
been craving since I saw Fandango when I was a kid, the song played when
Gardner dances with the girl at the wedding. Took me a bit of reasearch but the
payout was more then worth it.
I did a Google search for
websites that specialize in soundtracks. When I found a good one I sent off a
mail asking about Fandango soundtrack. He said it was available and that it was
"high quality". But, once I found out the song I wanted was not on the
soundtrack, I went off in another direction and found what I was looking for. I
Song Title: It's for You. Artist: Pat Metheny
(with Lyle Mays) Album: As Wichita so falls Wichita
Again, not sure if its on any of the soundtrack
CD's. A shame, that. Truely a inspiring song. Hope that shed some light on the
matter. If for some strange reason someone cant find the song and needs it ever
so desperatly, e-mail me. I have it converted to MP3 at an excessivly high rate
- G McBride
Just to say, I have recently contributed
a piece about film director Kevin Reynolds to a soon to be published guide to
north American film directors to be published by Wallflower Press. I deal with
Fandango ( albeit briefly ) and state how strong a film it is. I am not sure
when the book is to be published but keep an eye out for
- James Clarke
I can't believe I found a site dedicated
to my favorite movie, Fandango. It's great--thanks for putting it out there.
I've seen this movie so many times I can't remember, since the first time I saw
it in 1987. But it's so hard to find any info about the film itself. Love
- Sue Preston, uswest.net
Just wanted to thank you for your
efforts. Fandango is my alltime favorite movie. I also have a DOM story of my
own that I'll probably share with you later.
was curious if you knew any information about some of the outtakes. About 7 or
8 years ago I saw Fandango on TV (I'd seen the movie prior to that, of course).
There were some scenes in the TV version that are not in the video (two that I
can think of). There's a scene at a roadside diner where they almost get in to
some big trouble with (if I remember correctly) bikers. Then there's another
scene (I'm guessing it's the Groovers hanging out at Hamilton Pool near
In short...how come those didn't make the
video? Also, if memory serves me correctly (and it might not), there seemed to
be an inconsistency in the TV version regarding Gardner's sunglasses. At one
point, they are broken (one arm is missing) at a later scene (maybe the pool?)
they are not broken; then, as we know, they are broken throughout the majority
of the film. Also, it is at the pool scene where we actually find out that
Hicks is afraid of heights! That's why it was monumental later in the movie
when Dorman (Chuck) came to a screaching halt in front of Truman's sign. There
is a line at the Pecos Parachute School along the lines of "he's afraid of
heights, remember?"...but, without the pool scene, the audience doesn't know
- Daryl L. Santos Ph.D. Assistant Professor,
Systems Science and Industrial Engineering Department, Binghamton University,
Fantastic Site... Yes I own a copy of
the video bought in Blockbuster in Croydon (ex-rental). When will they bring it
out on DVD? I spoke to film critic Alan Frank in 1987 and asked his
professional opinion of the film. He said he had regrettably never seen it but
had interviewed Kevin Costner within the previous 3 months and Costner really
rated the film also. Would love to have seen the film that inspired it. I
wonder if Kevin Reynolds would consider including it on any DVD release if it
comes around. And dear god Please a commentary by the Groovers...
NAPSTER is good for the music if you cannot get hold of
some of the tracks. I'd happily pay import prices for the soundtrack if only
somebody would release it. "HELLO UNIVERSAL"
My wife gave
me the ultimate Birthday present about three years ago. The National Film
Theatre do desert Island movies where you can get a film shown. She got
Fandango shown for me. Fantastic to finally see it on the big screen... and
also to hear the audience really appreciating the humour and seriousness of the
film. The Goofs are not visible in the cinema (Camera tracks during wedding
scene etc.) I have a copy of the description of the film in the NFT magazine of
that month and also the critical flyer available at the NFT. I will get them
over to you at some stage.
Great work on the site
Fantastic...... So good to see Brian Cesak and Chuck Bush have spotted the site
and are doing well. Thanks for the entertainment Guys.
- Brandon Hannan
I have loved "Fandango" ever since I
first saw it when I was 15 (I'm 29). My friends all think I'm nuts and everyone
I recommend the film to dislikes it. I never bothered to look for a Fandango
site until today, because I figured there was no way anybody else liked this
movie enough to make one. Thank you for proving me wrong. I think the page is
- Tom Tauchert
Just an FYI for Fandango fans: if
anyone's looking for the Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays cd "As Falls Witchita, So Falls
Witchita Falls," with the songs "It's For You" and "September Fifteenth," check
out Amazon.com...I don't know if you could find a better price on this cd
anywhere else, but I thought the price was reasonable and it was shipped very
- Dave W
Great Fandango page. For some odd
reason, this has always been my favorite movie. None of my friends are able to
understand why, of course, but reading your page has at least let me know that
I'm not alone in my admiration for this movie.
can't understand is what happened with everyone's career. In particular Kevin
Reynolds. How could the same guy who made this movie also be responsible for
Robin Hood and Water World? It just doesn't make any sense. As for the actors,
I have to admit the only one who's career has been easy to follow has been
Costner (just due to his level of fame). But even he has never approached a
role quite so interesting as Gardner B. I go to each one of Costern's films
hoping to see some hint of the Gardner character, usually coming away
disappointed with him constantly playing the hero. So very annoying. Gardner
seemed to me to be more the anti-hero, the guy who would manipulate everyone
else to his own ends, although at the end of the movie he redeems himself with
a completely selfless act. He becomes sort of a hero/anti-hero combination, a
prodigal son one might say, giving the film a whole new level of meaning even
as the lights go out. How many films manage to do that so effectively? How many
films even attempt it? Anyway, it's a great movie. Always felt that it has been
completely overlooked, so it's very gratifying to see your page and all the
voices of people who have apparently enjoyed it as much as
- Jim Vassilakos
Costner has mentioned in a few
interviews that he considers Fandango to be a "flawed picture" because the
movie studio asked Reynolds to cut the original first scene and replace it with
something "animal housey" (my words, not his, but that was the gist of his
statement). I'd really like to see a Director's Cut so I could see this
original opening scene, but since that isn't likely to be released (no market
for it), I'm wondering if anyone knows whatever happened to this lost scene and
if an MPEG might be released on the net for the movie's fans. -Jim in Southern
Jim Vassila- , Southern
I just wanted to let you know this is
my favorite all time movie!
Hello, I have been searching
everywhere, and I hope you can help me. I am looking for a particular song that
was in the movie Fandango. I think it was from the band Argent. Can you please
help me with that song name or the songs that were in that movie. Thank you so
I am looking for the following, but
can't find it anywhere:
1. Fandango (1985) movie
soundtrack - CD (preferred)
2. Fandango (1985) -
All I can find is VHS...
I originally saw just the last half of
Fandango about ten years ago and have been waiting for it to come on TV ever
since. When it came on Channel 5 therefore, I put a tape straight in the Video
recorder and as soon as it had finished, the tab came straight off the tape (no
chance I am ever going to tape over it!!!) I am a very keen film watcher and
collector and I have to tell you that Fandango gets top of my list above The
Godfather and Apocalypse Now.
My favourite part of the
film has got to be the part where the front of the car gets ripped off by the
train, I have seen the film about 50 times and it is still as funny as the
I am extremely impressed to see contributions
in your guestbook from Chuck and Brian, it's truly an honour to read their
actual words. If you ever read this guys, and if we ever meet - the first drink
is on me......as long as it is a bottle of Dom!!
live the Groovers.
Phil, Leeds, England
God bless you! I have always considered
this movie one of my all time favorites! I have a burning question that i think
only diehard fans may be able to answer. Please forgive me for a moment for
being a girl, but i have had the fantasy of having my wedding in the gazebo
used in the movie since i saw it as a teenager. Now that i am pushing 30, i
have been preoccupied with locating the gazebo. I live in NM and have narrowed
it down to TX. Can you please give me any information you may have to it's
whereabouts and if the gazebo still exists? I have this fear it was only
created for the film and is now torn down. The husband for my nuptials is
nowhere in sight, but to steal a thought from another kevin costner movie, if i
find it he will come!
Carol Ann Fosnocht, Las
You are correct, the
gazebo is or at least was in Texas. I don't know if it's still there or not.
Two dear friends of mine were married in that same gazebo during the filming of
Fandango: he was our First Aid Tech, Todd Adelman. Enough suspense. The gazebo
is located in the center of San Elizario, Texas near El Paso so it shouldn't be
too hard for you to locate. This gazebo was already there when we came to town,
but our construction guys made some additions. Good luck finding the gazebo and
better luck finding a husband. Send me an invitation and my wife and I will
make the wedding.
All The Best, Chuck
Fandango is one of my favourite movies
and I would like to make a pilgrimage to the various shooting locations and
follow their road trip route. I'd really appreciate any help you could offer.
See posts further down this
page and also the NEW locations info... - Alex
I have a few recent pictures of a few
of the movie sites. These including Chata Ortega (burned down bar), the gas
station, car wash and Sonic in Marfa, the old Giant movie set, Truman Sparks'
skydiving hangar (which once housed the Anola Gay, the plane that dropped the
bomb on Hiroshima), San Elizario (town where the wedding was, near ElPaso) the
ledge where Gardner gave his toast, and the Dom rock.
you would like these pics for your site let me know and ill email them to you.
Also if anyone knows where the place is where Truman landed his plane on the
road to drop off " the girl" with Gardner, I would like to know. It so far has
been the one place that has eluded me.
Haygood, Dallas, Texas
I'm Jan from Washington, DC. I
absolutely love your Fandango site! I've never met another living soul who's
heard of the movie and it's great to see I'm not alone in being a huge fan.
I've made numerous friends watch the film over the years and they've all loved
it. Keep up the good work!! I've also submitted a favorite quote. I have many,
but I chose this one because no else has! Regards,
Jeffrey, Washington, DC
While searching for songs in an effort
to make a Fandango Soundtrack CD before napster.com huts down, I found your
site. IT ROCKS! Awesome job,
Karl, San Antonio,
Great site! My all-time favorite movie.
It is great that you had input from a couple of the cast members and I have
learned a lot of interesting facts about the movie and its origins. In fact, my
roommate here in Houston was in the same fraternity as Kevin Reynolds at Baylor
University in Waco, Texas. My roommate was an SAE but believes in Kevin's time
it was called Alpha Phi Omega or maybe even something else as it went through
three name changes. However, my roommate says that guys in the fraternity still
take roadtrips to Big Bend and other areas of West Texas to bury a bottle and
he has even participated in such a trip. He has also heard tales of the
original trip on which the movie was based as passed down from fraternity
brother to the next.
Next week, many friends are
road-tripping from Houston to Big Bend, near where many of the scenes were
shot. Is there any way you can put me in touch with the gentleman who submitted
the photos of the Dom rock? I would like to get exact directions to this place
and the canyon where the Groovers stood for their toast with Dom. I am sure he
would not mind me contacting him as I am an alumnus of the same university as
he - Texas A&M. Or any other information not yet posted on your site would
Thanks for all of your efforts on the site. I
submitted a few of my second-favorite quotes since my favorite "three
chili-dogs and a malt" was already taken! Regards,
Dustin L. Campbell
I forwarded Dustin Karl
& Wade's instructions (see above). - Alex
Can you get the picture at the end of
the movie with Gardner toasting from the mountain top and the sunset behind
him? great site by the way.
just got what there is in the 'Pics & Dialogue: images' page - can anyone
else help? - Alex
I'm from Italy and i think this is a
great site for a great movie. This is the first site i find about Fandango. I'm
searching the soundtrack and your list of songs on your site can help me.
Roberto Rossi, Italy
I know there isn't a soundtrack to the
movie Fandango, but you list the music from the movie on your web page. Do you
have these songs in mp3 format? If you do How could I get a
Just wanted to write and tell you that I
think the Fandango site is really cool. I had no idea that there were so many
like-minded fans of this movie! Anyway, a quick bit of info regarding the
soundtrack -- the Keith Jarret track, 'Spheres (7th Movement) can be found on
his cd, Spheres. I can send along more detailed info (UPC code, etc.) if
necessary. Thanks for your time!
The Chata Ortega's page on the central70
site has moved. The new link is
www.central70.org/images/Rewind/ChataOrtega640.html It will
likely move again as I reorganize parts of the site. I'll let you know the new
link. PS. Love the Fandango site. I hope to have something more to contribute
by late June.
I have been watching Fangango since
about 1987 while I was in college in west Texas. I have seen this movie so many
times, I know it by heart. I have cassette tapes of this movie that I play when
I go on vacations in the car with my family (I don't need visuals - I've seen
it that many times). For our tenth wedding anniversary (in December '01), my
wife is having a "Casa de Groovers" neon sign made for me. About three months
ago in a video shop, I found and bought a brand new VHS cassette of the movie
(It is still unopened - I'm waiting for a special occasion to view it). I think
you get the picture...
I want to know what the route of
the movie is. I know it starts in Austin, TX and ends up at DOM, but what was
the exact route in between? The website gives a good description of where DOM
is, but not the route.
Also, being an airline pilot, I am
naturally a fan of Truman Sparks and the Pecos Parachute School. I have flown
all over the state of Texas and haven't seen anything resembling this site. The
website says its at a place called Toya, TX (Rattlesnake Air Force Base), but
in all my flight publications (old and new), there is no such place. Any help
you can be in this matter is greatly appreciated.
I just wanted to let you know that this
site is great. I've been a big fan of the movie since I was a little kid, and
now I find myself with a resurging appreciation for it. I think we've all
wanted to take those wing and a prayer trips. Thanks for sharing and allowing
the others to share their adventures.
The song "It's For
You" off the soundtrack is one of my favourite instrumentals. That tune really
takes me back to the day I first saw the movie.
Thank you so much for this site.
fandango is hands down my favorite movie ever. only, no one has ever heard of
it. why not? so, thank you, the site is great.
Fandango was always my favorite movie
and saw it when it first came out in theatres. I was in high school at the time
and the movie was an inspiration to me. For a long time I have wondered if a
site was dedicated to Fandango and I finally found your awesome site by going
I have always wondered if the trail the
Groovers followed across Texas was true and I am happy to hear so far that
Dom's burial sight & Chata Ortega's abandoned building still exist. I know
they filmed Giant in Marfa and I'm probably sure that gas station is located in
Marfa. I was wondering if the Sonic Drive-In (is still around?) and the
cemetery are located in Marfa? A cool edition to your website would be a map of
all the locations stopped at in the movie for us out of state Groovers who
don't know Texas as well as the local college kids.
another question concerning Marfa. The mechanic played by Pepe Serna tells the
Groovers they better hurry if the want supper because the Dairy Queen closes at
eight like he was implying that that was only place they could eat. Why didn't
he say Sonic and I have always wondered if there was a Dairy Queen in Marfa? I
always thought it was because maybe Fandango didn't get permission to say the
Sonic name in the film, but on the other hand I would think that Dairy Queen
would be pissed that their business was mentioned but never used in the movie -
like Sonic obviously was in more than one scene.
its cool that Chuck Bush is a friend and supporter of the website. Next to
Gardner Barnes, Dorman was the greatest character in the film. He had limited
lines but when Dorman spoke, those lines were the best. Chuck Bush is the
greatest and even though I love to see him in front of the camera, I'm happy to
hear he is so successful behind the camera.
I think it is
so cool that you started this website, Alex. A lot of people I know have never
heard of Fandango, let alone ever seen it and unfortunately for them that is a
loss because Fandango is a masterpiece of American cinema. I am happy to own
the video but wish they would show the film more on channels like HBO &
Cinemax, instead of running it once in a blue moon on TBS at two o'clock in the
morning so more people can be exposed to the greatness of this movie. Keep up
the great website Alex and I will be one of your biggest fans.
Long live the original Groovers!
Just wanted to let you know how glad I
was to find your site. I stumbled on it when looking for fandango release dates
for dvd. Any news? I do have a strange, but small, connection to this film. My
great grandfather's name was Truman
Thanks for a truly fantastic website I'm
so glad there's a Fandango resource on the web. I was watching the film on
Sunday with my girlfriend (for the 40th time) and I came back to your site to
see if you'd made any updates. I hope you get the script up
You're looking for suggestions. I thought it would
be cool if you could put the word out to find someone who could build a
Fandango screensaver for download from your site. I'd do it myself but I don't
know how to, but surely someone does. Even if it was only a slideshow of all
the cool pics you have on the images page. Anyway, it's just an
Also, and I don't know how possible this is, but is
there any likelihood that either Chuck Bush or Brian Cesak can get hold of the
lost footage (the drink-up and the biker scene) and get them converted to AVI
or MPG format for downloading? Or is that REALLY asking too
Keep up the good work.
Your site mentions that Rattlesnake
Airforce Base is in Toya, TX. I believe that it is (or was) located in Pyote,
TX and I think that it is now a minimum security prison. I'm wondering if you
(or any others) know the location of the McClean Massacre roadside
I like your site! I was trying to find
out which song is being played while Kevin Costner and the girl are dancing the
fandango near the end of the movie. If you could let me know, I'd appreciate
it. Thanks alot!
Hey, great to see this site for this
great little film...I'll come back to look it over in detail... for now I
wanted to tell you I recorded the two deleted scenes, the bikers and the lagoon
swim...and I think one other very brief difference (unsure...going from memory
here)... when it was broadcast on NBC; I dubbed the scenes onto the end of my
VHS copy of the film. I guess the scenes were added back in to pad the length
to fill the time slot. anyway if you need 'em or the dialog for those sections
let me know.
The reason I looked for your site is that i
was reading an article in today's LA Times about a bit actor Marco Perella who
has written a book about being a bit actor called, "Adventures of a No Name
Actor" (pub by Bloomsbury $24.95, 224 pages). This book is reviewed in the
times. One excerpt is recounted in the review (the book probably has more to
say; I don't know). Here is the quote from the Times:
"Fandango," for example (in which he was hired to teach Kevin Costner how to
dance), Perella and other actors were supposed to float down the Guadalupe
River under a bridge where Judd Nelson's character was sleeping. They were to
represent Jungian archetypes in the character's dreams-Perella wore a jester
suit. At acute risk of freezing or drowning, they floundered in the icy water
for two days. The footage was never used."
made me think of the movie and look for Fandango on the web...figured you'd
like the tid bit.
Wonderful site. I have also been
compiling my own soundtrack. Several tracks were mentioned that could not be
Spheres (7th movement) by Keith Jarrett can be
found on the CD Spheres from 1976. Taking Off by Milton Brown can be found on
the CD "Heroes of Country Music Vol. 1, Western Swing". I also found Ay Te Dejo
En San Antonio by Los Lobos and Symphony #8 by Shostakovich (awesome track) on
I have been searching unsuccessfully for
El Brazo Mocho. It does not appear to be available on CD. I also tried
contacting the record company (freddierecords.com), but I have received no
reply. I'm also trying to locate any of the Alan Silvestri music from the film.
Any help on finding that music would be great.
Hello from Italy! I have just ended to
see, for the second time, this wonderful movie; for my friends it was the first
time, and they enjoyed it a lot.
As well me, never tired
to see the fantastic pictures, sequencies and the always proper musical
basis... I am glad to share with many other people in the world this piece of
Danilo Fuligno, Pesaro, Italy
Finding your site was like coming home
and finding there are now others like me! Fandango is, in my opinion, THE
classic film and contains some of the greatest symbolism and biblical allusion
ever used in a movie! (Sorry, former English
Like many who've commented, I truly can't
pinpoint why this film holds so much allure for me, but I can't get enough. I
was thrilled to find your site and get some more detailed info about the
production. I am also glad to know some cast members have gotten on board to
help. That's really special! Thanks for all you've done on the site and for
helping spread the word about this timeless
Sheri Campbell-Husband, North Richland
I just ran across your site and it is
great. I absolutely love Fandango, especially since I go to school here in
Austin at UT. I've been on many ridiculous road trips down to Mexico and now
that I'm getting ready to graduate, I've been laughing my ass off thinking of
I was turned onto the movie when I graduated
high school in Houston and some of my friends older brothers said we had to
watch it before we came up to UT in the fall. Hell, it ought to be required
viewing for graduating here. I've constantly tried to get friends and
girlfriends in the past to watch it (to mostly no avail), but I guess you've
got to have a little backbone and some wit. Again, I just wanted to thank you
for your site and keep up the good work. Take care
Casey H. Smith
May 1987, the evening before college
graduation, my best friends and I watched this movie for the first time. I
can't tell you how fitting it was to close out our college days with this
movie. Though our relationships continue today, I don't think that there could
have been a more fitting end to our collegiate days of youthful exuberance.
Every time I watch the movie, it's as if I'm toasting that bunch with the line,
"Here's to us, and what we were".
Have I died and gone to Groover Heaven?
I can't begin to tell you how much I like, no, love this movie. I thought I was
the only person who loved this movie (it's my favorite). After watching over
and over on a copy taped from cable many years ago, I finally found it only and
bought a good copy. I've lost track of how many times I've seen it but I always
see something different everytime. I drive my wife nuts, always refering back
to it in some way or another (I did just today). Too bad Kevin Reynolds didn't
stop at this one and went on to make Waterworld. Somehow, I feel you've heard
all of this before. I too have sought after the nonexistant soundtrack and
started collecting the music separately. What is it about this movie? I feel
like I have some sort of connection with it and don't see why other people
don't view it the same way I do.
I would love to know if
there is a map of directions or sites from the movie. I've often wondered what
ever happened to Chuck and Brian. God! That's a great movie! I started reading
some of the quotes from the movie and just started laughing all over again. I
haven't see all of the site but I plan to keep looking. I hope you don't mind
me grabbing a few pics to use solely for my computer's desktop
Thank you very much for putting this site
together. I was just thinking of doing something like this tonight but I know
mine wouldn't have been nearly this good. I will definitely save this to my
Jerry Bandy, Watauga, Tx
Howdy . . I enjoyed your Fandango site.
I have a question - was the name of the girl played by Suzy Amis 'Debbie'
(Debby) or 'Deb'? I've never seen the actual script and I'm curious as to what
her real name was. If I'm not mistaken she was referred to as Debbie. Any
information you have would be appreciated.
Thank you so much for creating this
site. I'd heard rumor a few years ago about your site but had never visited
until today. Awesome! One of my absolutely all time favorite films. Thoroughly
enjoyed every aspect of your site. Quite thorough. I was also glad to realize I
was not the only one who re-created the soundtrack. I think I was able to find
Spheres. I'll double check when I go home. Thanks again. I have to watch this
film again soon.
Great "Fandango" website. Classic
information. My father and I have been trying to find ANY info on the movie and
finally found it with your site. In fact, he and I ventured up and down Hwy 67
(the route between Fort Stockton, TX and Presidio, TX) to search any of the
locations. The only one that we "thought" we found was a Sonic in Alpine. We
looked like goobers taking photos in front of it. We were not even sure if it
was the correct location. We do know that there was never a Sonic in Marfa and
that the Sonic in Alpine was the only one that they could have shot at on Hwy
67. There is a Dairy Queen in Marfa (and that is about it!), but no Sonic. That
reminds me: Why did the gas station attendee in the movie say that there is a
"Dairy Queen" down the road (in Marfa) when the Groovers ended up going to a
Sonic. Sonic did not open until the mid-1980's. We also traveled to Presidio.
What a hot, dry hell-hole. It was 112 degrees in the shade. None of the streets
were paved and the only thing living there was cactus. ANY IDEA WHEN "FANDANGO"
WILL BE AVAILABLE ON DVD? Thanks again,
Great website. I started skydiving back
in 1985 or so and Fandango was a favorite at the dropzone. I put together a
bootleg soundtrack back in 1987, and still listen to it (though I am upgrading
to a digital version with more tracks). I am also one of the few lucky enough
to have seen the original film, "Proof" that was the foundation for Fandango.
For everyone's information, Proof was only the skydiving portion of the movie.
Amazingly enough, with only a few set differences, the scenes in Proof were
identical to those in Fandango. Truman Sparks was played in Proof also by
Marvin McIntyre, however his hair was much longer. All the other cast members
were different. Unfortunately, the dropzone version of Proof was stolen. We
would love to replace it, if anyone has a copy or knows where to get one.
Thanks again for the Site.
Al Kelley, Key West,
What a great site! This is my No.1 film
and I found your site by pure chance. Youve just inspired me to get my
video copy out and watch it tonight! Ive only skipped through the
contents of the site and discovered all sorts of stuff. Fantastic job!! Superb!
Ill be in touch when Ive calmed down.
Hancox, (Cheshire, UK)
Hi Groovers!!! Here's another fan from
Poland! I didn't realize there were so many Fandango freaks until I reached
that extremely cool site. I have seen the movie a million times and never got
tired of it. Actually it helped me get through the graduation exams in high
school (I watched it twice a week at that time.....). The best movie ever made!
Next time I'm in USA (maybe next year) I have to visit the "sacred places". I
am available at ICQ 146179173. Only Fandango fans!!!!!! ;) And, oh yeah, I
attach a pic of a Russian cover. [see the
section - Alex.] Keep watching!
D±browski, Warsaw, Poland
Thanks for taking the time to create
this site. Ive been looking for a site like is for about six years. I
thought about creating one myself but I figure I have enough obsessions in life
already. One those obsessions being, sitting around on Saturdays with the
guys I grew up with and watching this grand film.
First of all, I love your site, have it
bookmarked, and check in frequently for updates, etc. Also, like everyone else
here, I am a huge fan of the movie, and have had several of my own personal
"fandangos," that I won't go into here.
Here's the subject
of my post: We've all heard about how Kevin Costner thinks Fandango is a
"flawed movie," and have all pined to see the complete movie with deleted
scenes, etc. Since the movie is not out on DVD (yet), I wonder if there's a way
we can collectively petition the studio to release the DVD with perhaps a
director's cut of the movie or at least bonus features with director's
commentaries and deleted scenes. I'm sure we would all love to hear Kevin
Reynolds story of taking "Proof" from a student film to a feature-length
production. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks for the great
John, Dallas, TX
Thanks for taking the time to create
this site. I've been looking for a site like is for about six years. I thought
about creating one myself but I figure I have enough obsessions in life
already. One those obsessions being, sitting around on Saturday's with the guys
I grew up with and watching this grand film. I have a copy of the film on VHS
with the new American packaging. If you wish I'll scan it for you so that
you'll have a blown up version. Speaking of VHS, is there any word on a DVD
release? I'm currently in the process of transferring my tape on to a CD so
that it can be watched on a DVD player that supports SVCD or VCD. If I have any
success with this I'll mail you a copy. Thanks
Your site is very beautiful and this is
one of my favourite films.
Wonderful site! You're the best!
S. Zampa, Italy
Thanks for the fandango site! I got a
group of guys hooked on it in 1987 when we lived in the middle of Vermont (in
an area with no TV reception). We had two tapes: The Best of Saturday Night
Live 1984 and Fandango. After almost three beer-fuelled months in the
wilderness, we knew every line from both.
Perera, Upper Arlington, Ohio
What can I say, this page is one of my
favorites, and it is among my top 10 of great webpages. I have recently
purchased Fandango through Amazon.com. I bought it there because Fandango is
impossible to get in Europe (I am from Denmark). I have tried through HMV
London and many others, but the film is not made in a PAL version, which is
what we use in Europe, so I had to buy a NTSC.
Lisberg Aarhus, Denmark
I consider myself one of the most
Hard-Core FANDANGO Fans that walks this earth. I was so happy to have done a
random search to see if there was anything out there on the web, pertaining to
the best movie ever made (in my eyes anyhow). My version is taped off of a
cable TV airing (Encore I believe), from the early 90's. I was wondering, do
you have any sort of trivia quiz or anything along those lines? Something to
'test' or 'prove' a die-hard fan's devotion to, and knowledge of the film? I
assume that I would kick ass, but you never know, right? Which is why I think
it could be a fun idea. Let me know if & when you have a moment. I could
even help a little, in putting something together if you were interested in
doing so. At any rate, thanks for being so cool as to create this site. I am
having a ball!
I thought nobody liked this movie as
much as I did! I wonder if they'll ever release it on DVD with the extra scenes
Richard Cuellar, Portland, OR
Sorry for my english, thank you for the
this great site! fandango is my no. 1 film, it's a very "personal" choice.
Maybe it has not the best actors, director, dialogues, etc, but isn't it
perfect? Very strange... ciao,
I was most fortunate to stumble upon
your site a few days ago. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the hard
work you have put into enshrining the "best kept movie secret of the 80s".
Arguably the best kept movie secret ever! I first discovered Fandango while
attending college in 1991 and it ever since that fateful first viewing it has
inspired me and my buddies to create our own adventures and memories to go dig
up "Jack" (aka Yukon Jack) on the Continental Divide in the San Juan Mountains
of Colorado . I guess there is nothing like a good road trip with some close
friends. It is definitely GOOD FOR THE SOUL! Thanks for bringing back some
great memories and all your hard work. Your efforts are to be commended!
David L. Malina (aka "WhiskeyBoy"
Groover), Dallas, TX
It has been just 30 minutes ago that I
saw the film on the television here in England. At first I saw Kevin Costner
acting and just said "This is going to be a good film for the night" It was
indeed, not only thanks to him but thanks to film itself and the rest of the
cast and crew. Straight after the ending of the film I started surfing at the
internet to find relevant information about the film. Thank God I found your
site which had a lot of information including original information from Chuck
Bush. I realised that the film is old enough (1985). I was 5 years old then. I
was very surprised about the starting of Chuck's career on that environment
concerning both acting and producing films. If Chuck's life changed from one
moment to another I was planning to become a Hollywood actor for all my life.
Unfortunately as years pass this dream seems to be loosing in value. I believe
in revolutionary changes in life, and this notion was surrounded by one of the
main actor's film(Read Chuck's Biography). After graduating from my MBA course
in Finance I will be working on that environment (Not what I wanted to do
really). The soundtrack in the film was amazing and it's still is (Especially
if there is available to buy). I was wondering if this film exists in DVD. If
not is it available to buy on VHS thought the internet?
Stelios, originally from Greece
It's great to know that there is a
website dedicated to one of the greatest movies ever made. Since I found this
website, I've watched the movie, Fandango, five times in two days. I've
probably seen the movie 200 times! The tape's gettin' real thin! This movie
sets a spiritual tone. I'm surprised this movie doesn't have a bigger
following. As far as I'm concered, it's the only movie Kevin Costner was good
in. Anyway, I'm very greatful for this website and I'll be visiting the fan's
comments often. As few lines as Dorman "Chuck" has, he still makes up a major
part of the movie & Lester, too. I'm surprised Chuck hasn't went on to
making more movies. I'm also delighted that they keep in touch with this
I would like to add my Fandango
experience. I first saw this movie at a party in college back in the late 80's.
It was weird I came in when the party scene was happening in the movie, and
thought it was just another stupid college party movie. Then I was hooked, when
the characters took off on the road trip I didn't leave the room. I was so
mesmerized by cinematography and the whole concept of the movie that I just
loved it and yes the sound-track was terrific.(I have been trying to get a hold
of it for years). I would love someday to go to those locations where the film
was done and just look around at all that desert scenery. Thanks so much for
the Mapquest directions on the website. I can't believe that Chata Ortega's has
not been touched. That's amazing that it hasn't been vandalized or knocked
down. Thanks again for this site and please update it if any new information
comes out about the film sometime in the future.
Dworkin, Mountain View, CA
I always thought I was alone loving and
quoting this movie, save my dad and brothers.... I first saw this movie 16
years ago, when I was 8 years old, and even then I thought it was the coolest
Texas flick I'd ever seen. every movie about Texas, or set in Texas, is
perfection. yes, I'm a Texas girl, born & bred in the bayou city, so I
guess I'm biased; especially when I recognize all the cool Texas stuff
throughout the movie: Marfa, Sonic drive-ins, shiner beer signs, jaunts to
Mexico, bluebonnets, cowboy hats & boots; and of course, goin' honky
tonkin'. I've been looking for the soundtrack for years...but, I can never find
it. I find it hard to believe that not many people have ever seen this movie,
and that it's not widely available as it should be. it's a classic. definitely
Costner's finest work. Forget Bull Durham, even though I love baseball flicks
too... it's nice to know that there are people with a different last name than
mine who knows what I'm talking about when I say "gimme three chilI dogs and a
malt" or "south to band-aid".....and did you notice the "Arthur-Andersen" plug
at the end of the movie, or am I the only one?
Kasey Lott, Houston, Texas
Fantastic website. Just wish they'd
release this movie to DVD. Wouldn't a sequel be
Hi, I just found your website for
Fandango using this wickedly cool search engine I got from a friend and just
wanted you to know how unbelievable it is. I'm not sure but I think I may hold
a world record for the number of times this movie's been viewed as I'm
somewhere over 1000 seeing I've watched it nearly every frickin weekend since
1986 (over some of the summer's I've watched it 2-3 times a day). To me, it's
the ultimate summer movie. Anyway, this movie has and still is my greatest
inspiration and escape. I noticed quite a few people were wondering about a
soundtrack. Well I'm here to tell you I actually saw a copy of the Fandango
movie soundtrack on CD (yup on CD) at a Circuit City in Waukesha Wi about 2
years ago. The only reason why I didn't buy it was I have the best tracks
individually bought on CD and was tight on money - especially when my money
goes into buying more copies of the movie. Also I've heard it may be quite
sometime to it coming out on DVD (so I went and forked out $600 on a DVD
recorder - yup that's what a fan I am). Anyway thank you for the movie site
locations and the other info - your site RULES.
Lobraco, Milwaukee Wi
Dude, Nice Site! It's good to know I'm
not the only freak that digs the movie. Just a thought but why not put a
petition together, something we can use to highlight to the studio that
releasing the movie on DVD would be a good idea, maybe even strong arming them
into releasing the CD soundtrack. What do you think?
What a joy to find your site. I love
this movie. I have introduced all of my children and many of my friends to this
movie too. My daughters and I watch this movie together every year as a kind of
tradition. The four of us laugh and laugh at the dialogue and are reverent
during the many truths revealed in this movie. Sure is great to see your site.
I've often wondered why more people don't know about this "special" movie. I
guess it's only revealed to a few of us.
House, Raleigh, N.C.
I was driving from L.A. to Dallas for
Christmas in 1991 and was on Hwy 20 outside of Pecos, TX. I knew that part of
the movie had been filmed around there, so I started looking for landmarks. I
was looking at the train tracks and the posts with steel cable, when a fleeting
image caught my eye ... a broken down adobe shack in the middle of a field. I
turned quickly to check it out and saw the words written on the side "Chata
Ortega." It was the actual building in the film. I don't know if it's still
there, but it made my trip back then.
I wanted to say how much I've enjoyed
your website. I was immediately impressed with the connection you've made with
Chuck Bush and others who were actually a part of the film. I first saw
Fandango in the mid-80s on cable late at night with my dad. We laughed so hard
during the parachute scene. Being a Pat Metheny fan for years, I fell in love
with the soundtrack of the film. Over the years I've forced friends to watch
the movie and many of them have come to love it as I have. Keep up the good
Ted Jakubowski, Falls Church, VA
I have been on a quest to find one
particular song from my all time favorite movie. The song in question is the
piece that is played in the wedding scene. I'm not sure if it is one song or
two. The exact one I'm looking for is the song that is played right before
Costner request Fandango from the band. I would appreciate any help you can
provide. By the way GREAT SITE.
Scott Ward, Dalla,
Alex, I just found your "Fandango" site.
I know you have heard it before, but I am the ultimate fan. I have been to
Chata Ortegas and have pictures of the old building framed. I met Robyn Rose's
dad several years ago and he got me a movie promotional pack from Hollywood.
Most of the pictures are on your site, so I am sure you have seen it. One of my
friends worked for the sound company and has shared hours of stories about the
making of the movie. I even named my Drag car "Fandango" and told countless
people the story behind the naming of the car. I graduated from high school in
1967 and felt up close and personal with everything that happened in the movie.
I have done some street racing on the road where the train segment was filmed
and been by the Rattlesnake Air Strip countless times on my way to my wife's
home town of Pecos. It looks like the interest in the site has faded a little,
but if there is anything I could do for you, just let me know.
Fandango is my all time favorite film.
Great site, Thanks
My brother and his fraternity friends
Thanks for the work you have put into this web page.I'm a
fireman who is one of several big Fandango fans in the Charlotte area. I'll
retire in 2 years and I plan on a big road trip with my wife. Hunting up the
locations is on my list. A couple of other movies along the same lines are
"Whats eating Gilbert Grape" "Lone star state of mind" and "love and a 45". It
was my daughter who found this site. She bought me the video for christmas one
It was my brothers 40th birthday on april 26th and I
bought him a bottle of DOM.We have always shared a love for Fandango,and it is
certainly Costner's finest hour.What a cast,the greatest coming-of-age movie
ever.All we need now is the dvd.Later,
Deano (Dean Walker)
First off,thanks for a great site. This extraordinary film
needs our help. How we could start a grassroots effort to get this on DVD.
There is an audience for this movie as opposed to much of the crap that is
coming out now. Who would we write?
Great Site and superb film! I have always enjoyed this
film since its release and loved the music, thanks to this site I have been
able to obtain all the tracks to build the soundtrack. However it was mentioned
that "Shostakovich Symphony 8" is the music played in the sky dive scene (what
a superb scene). My problem is which track of Shostakovich Symphony 8 is used,
can someone please help. Another question is what would be the order to the
tracks given I am adding: El Brazo Mocho, Taking Off, Ay Te Dejo En San Antoni,
Spheres (7th Movement), Shostakovich Symphony 8. To the list you have already,
any ideas would be appreciated. Thankyou very much for the site and for any
I thought I was alone out there. Fandango has been my
favorite movie for years. I thought I was the only person alive that was still
watching this extraordinary flick that slipped through the Hollywood cracks. My
comment is that I am glad that the missing scenes ended up on the cutting room
floor. The appeal of this movie for me is the realism of the road trip itself.
Road trips in general are long, uneventful and boring like this movie depicts.
As in real life, they cross paths with mediocre females and don't get laid. If
the edited scenes had been put in - the trip would have seemed unbelievable,
silly, and cluttered.
My favorite scene is just after they run out of gas.
Reynolds gives us the impression that the groovers are about to face some
Cliche EVIL MENACING DESERT DWELLERS ON THE DIRT ROAD. The camera starts low at
the feet of an unkown, and then finally pans up to reveal its only Doorman with
his shirt on his head. Again, bringing us back to the reality of the true "Road
Trip", - out of gas and miserable. The Groovers succeeed in turning something
into nothing. My intention is not to over anlalyze this funnier than hell
movie. all I can say that I do indeed relate, and must confess that once in
while I shed a tear at the end when Doorman and Hicks shake hands, or when
Gardener raises his beer over the horizon as the last light flickers out. Take
care Alex. Turn out the lights when you leave . . .And have a nice
Brian Humphrey, Westland, MI
Hey Alex, I don't know where to begin. Your website is the
greatest! I don't know why I haven't searched "Fandango" on the web before now.
Then I came apon your site. I feel exactly the same as you about this film. It
is by far my most favorite. I first saw it at the drive-in with my first
girlfriend. This movie changed my whole outlook on life. Pat Metheny's "It's
for you" and the wedding scene really hit me hard. (That's him on guitar with
the band by the way) Ever since, I've wanted to visit Texas, go to Marfa or to
San Elizario to see the gazebo. Crazy huh? I could never understand why the
movie didn't do better. If and when I get my website up and running, I'll be
sure to include yours in my favorites. Hats off to you fellow Groover. Good
"Here's to us by God, to us, and this, and privileges of youth. Here's
to us, and what we were, -and what we'll be"
Kevin Nisbet, London,
I can't believe I found your website. I grew up in
Hanover, NH (mountains, woods, Dartmouth College) with Pat Metheny's cousin
Eric. We both watched this film repeatedly on Cinemax in the summer of 1985 or
'86. It captures so many wonderful things, the 70's, casual life in the
country, no suburbs, no MTV! It amazes me how this simple, important view of
life passes 90% of our country's population by. The final scene of Gardener
looking at the horizon in the twilight as the music fades from Metheny to
Clapton is so fucking poigniant. And I don't care how pretentious this sounds,
but I am so thankful for growing up away from the suburbs where Gardener's
idealized views of life can actually be realized to a certain extent. What a
am a 31 year old news producer in Hawaii, who is a fan of
the movie too. I admire your initiative to create such an homage for the movie.
Your site helped me track down the correct version of "Can't find my way home"
(Blind Faith), thank you and kudos!!
Alex Bell, Hawaii
I am really impressed that this site exists. I watched
Fandango with my mother when I was 14 years of age and it always stuck with me.
Now at 26 it has become more. From quoting the movie with my friends, to
collecting all of the songs from the film, I have have been all but obsessed
with Gardner and the gang. I was in love with a girl named Amy back in high
school and Fandango was my favorite movie. We watched it quite alot. When she
went off to college after we graduated my heart was broken. I used to listen to
"Farmer's Trust" and "It's for you" by Pat Metheny and cry over all of it. I
felt as though I could then finally relate to Gardner. Last summer my best
friend Drew and I went out to south Texas on a little fandango of our own.
Never having been to Texas it was awesome to see the Fandango like landscapes.
Now, one year later, I discover this site and have retrieved the maps to the
spots where magic occurs. I have only dreamed of the expierience of standing
where Gardner stood where DOM is buried. Now thanks to you, I can do it. I will
e-mail you again after my trip. I would like to thank you again for honoring a
very special movie. It means alot to me.
Mellow site. Just to let you and the fans know, that in
trying to compile my own soundtrack I found El Brazo Mocho by Ruben Vela on
Kazaa to download. Still looking for Spheres, Taking Off, and the Los Lobos
I saw discussed that the gyro-copter pilot out of the Australian Road
Warrior (Mad Max) movies was Truman. This is incorrect as the actor was an
aussie named Bruce Spence and not Marvin J. McIntyre.
I just want to thank you for the website. I love visiting
it often and reading how much all of us love the movie. It has a lot of
emotional ties, and I can't wait to watch it whenever I need it. Thanks
Katie Schnabel, Alabama, Northridge, CA
Hey Alex,I just wanted to write and tell you that you've
built a great site for allof us Fandango fanatics! Fandango is one of my
all-time favorite movies and inspired many trips withfriends to Big Bend. We
never buried anything there, but Falcon's inBoquillas was our Chata Ortega's. I
hear that since 9/11 you can't getacross the river anymore. Hopefully things
will go back to normal in thefuture. Long live the Groovers!
Having read almost your entire website (it is fantastic
btw!!!!) I am still unable to completely assemble the "soundtrack" from what
information I have compiled. Are you able to simply give me the "bottom line"
on how to get this together? Mostly seeking the "Fandango" that Gardner
requests: "How 'bout a Fandango". Hoping you can help!
January 12, 1986 I saw Fandango for the first time in my
room at a hotel in Beverly Hills. A few months later I was able topurchase a
VHS tape of the movie that had been a rental tape at Major Video in Las Vegas.
I am so glad that it is finally coming out on DVD as I have worn out a second
VHS copy that I purchased when I wore out the first tape!
Ever See This Fandango Poster Before:
never so, I just thought I'd ask ya! Love the site by the way... just makes me
love the movie that much more! And this is a link from Kevin Costner's website
to some behind the scene photo's!
Thanks Terence, I've added the images to the PICS section.
Grooooooovers all over the world, I am aliiiive and I send
you my best wishes This movie "Fandango" has changed my life forever! Love to
Josh: born 1969 reborn 1985 ... :))
I just read the news that the movie is to come out on DVD,
would you happen to know if this will be available to the fans in the UK??? I
have been unable to get a copy of it anywhere in any format and I'm getting
desperate, haven't seen it in 12 years.
Bravo for your work on this site! The movie played on HBO
this morning and I never miss it. Also, am writing a book with one scene
totally inspired by the overlook at the Dom rock. I've been there to see it in
person and it's just where you said it would be! Love
Got my copy yesterday (10th February) and just had to
watch it.Thanks to Warner Brothers for listening to the fans and releasing it
Derek Blackburn, Watford UK
You have a great site. This has been one of my all time
favorite movies. Not sure if you seen this webpage, but it explains where
various scenes in the movie actually took place. Including the DOM site, and
how it can be found. Apparently, the rock still has DOM scratched into it. Keep
up the great work.
I'm Luigi from Italy and finally found your site! FANDANGO
is the most beautiful movie i've ever seen. It touched my heart every time i've
seen and this has happened so many times.Riding my Harley i dreamt lots and
lots of times to be in Marfa with my bottle of DOM! It celebrates the joy of
life and youth,dreams and dreams again.I've heard about the release of the DVD
version (yeah!). I got crazy during all these years to find it.I love the
soundtrack too. SPOOKY is a so lovely tune,and what about BADGE or CAN'T FIND
MY WAY HOME. An original soundtrack has never been released,hasn't it? Could
you be so kind to help me to get my personal Dvd copy? I haven't got a credit
card so how i could do! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Alex, I presume that by now you've viewed the Fandango
DVD.I was thrilled at the much improved sound and video qualityof the DVD over
the VHS version.Sadly, the "deleted" scenes are not on the DVD; it appears to
beidentical to the VHS version. Nevertheless, I'm proud to own the DVD and will
likely wear it out!
Was any part of the movie shot in downtown Tulsa,
Oklahoma? TShe part where it looks like there is part of the Tulsa skyline is
where Truman askes the lady in the mustang if he can cut in.
Your web page for the movie is great. Only question I have
is where is the River scene and that bus stop and that incredible tree? Any
idea? I will be doing a Fandango tour in April. Thanks,
Let me take the time to say, what a great site you have!
To say the least, Fandango is my favorite movie of all time. I am a graduate of
Baylor University, where Kevin Reynolds graduated from. His father, Herbert
Reynolds, was the President of Baylor while I was in school in the early
1980's. While at Baylor, I joined a fraternity, and had a few of those special
moments in my life which will never be forgotten. We did some crazy, and
frankly, stupid things, back then, in the Waco, Tx. area where Baylor is
located. The kind that Baylor, being a conservative Baptist University, could
have censored us for had we been caught. But I look back, and they have easily
become a piece of the fabric in my life, which, again, I shall never
Anyways, in my opinion, the sad reality of Fandango is the
end, where the Groovers cease to exist, and go their seperate ways. It is so
well summed up in the exchange between Phil and Dorman. 'Good-bye friend. Have
a nice life'. It gives me chills thinking about that scene, in addition to the
very end with Gardner raising his beer bottle in salute to the Groovers. The
fact is, I have rarely seen those closest to me in the fraternity, save for one
person. As our lives move forward and the years progress, it becomes so easy to
loose touch. I came to Baylor from Nebraska, 650 miles to the north. So I
instantly lost touch when I traveled back home again. Then we start a new job,
get married, have kids, maybe move a time or two. All these events increase
that gap, in addition to time itself.
But the other side of the coin is this: We should all live
our lives in that spirit of the Groovers. Life is an adventure, live it for all
it's worth. Just like that line in the movie, 'here's to us by God, to us, and
them, and what we were....and what we'll be.' Hope. Fun. High-spirited.
Intense. And we should pass those qualities on to our kids as well.
Let me say, again, that you have done a great job here.
Fandango is a movie that truly resonates far beyond its years. It is great that
your site has helped to bring together this unique community of faithful fans.
I appreciate all the work that you have put in to this, and to know that this
movie has a plethora of British fans as well. All of us, Groovers to the end.
Obviously, like a ton of others, I am a huge fan of the
film. I can't believe how bad-ass your site is, and the fact that it is
dedicated to one of my top 10 films of all time. Recently, the Pat Matheny song
that was played during the wedding dance, was the background music on the
Weather Channel during their "Local on the 8's" segment. Every time it played,
I would just sit and listen to that beautiful composition, one that I may never
have known had I not watched the movie on HBO one afternoon in 9th grade. I
just got my DVD copy and am elated. I wonder where Costner ranks this as far as
his favorite films to do, because it probably made just as much money as
Thanks, Patrick in Topeka
My sony dvd player will not play the US version, my vhs
fandago is worn, I bid for a region 2 DVD on ebay but was oubid and there are
no others to be had! Any ideas?
Hi there, yes, I know everyone asks you this but Iwould
kill (well maim) to get hold of a CD-R of the'Fandango' soundtrack as listed on
your superbwebsite, can you help with my quest?
I'm so happy to have found your site about "Fandango". My
best friend and I have been French groovers for 20 years, we saw "Fandango"
when we were teenagers, and I've always thought we were the only Groovers,
because here nobody seems to know this movie. At that time, we always wore a
bandana at our pocket, as recognition sign. For my wedding, I wanted the so
beautiful music of Pat Metheny "It's for you", but I had not found it (no
internet at home). It's only two months ago that I got this song, and it always
brings me the same emotions. "Fandango" has the perfume of my college years...
My best friend will come at home tomorrow, I'll show her your site, we'll
listen to Fandango's musics and songs, and we'll be 16 years old again ... I've
got the French official photos of the movie, I can scan it if you want (but
you've probably got it yet). Hi to groovers all over the world,
When will this fabulous film be released in the
Finally got my copy of Fandango, on DVD today, for under 13 bucks. Not a
bad transfer from source material, but I pined truly, for extras and deleted scenes and more. But, at this point, I'm just happy it finally made the digital jump and now I can retire my fading VHS copy that I scored in 1990.
I first saw the film, when it first came out, and then saw it as many times it was aired on cinemax. Each time I saw it, I spotted something of interest. Any chance I got to 'talk' the film up, I always did, and can't tell you how MANY PEOPLE I converted to fans, after they finally saw it.
It's one of those films that most people fluff off, or roll their eyes upon hearing about it UNTIL they've had the good fortune to see it. It's one of my ten favorite films of all time and I am a huge film buff. Both Costner and Nelson, are somewhat cogs in the Hollywood machine. But in Fandango, they both were firing on all cylinders.
'Tis a shame that Costner, considers this film to be flawed and low
in his cinema food chain. Perhaps, it's due to the love-hate-relationship
that he has with Reynolds. I would have loved to hear commentary from either Kevin, along with Chuck Bush, or 'Truman'. But Warners probably felt it wasn't worth the time, or the monies spent. And why it took so long to get to DVD, is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century.
Having the film take place in 1971, brought back memories, as I was in the Air Force in Texas in 1971. What a long, strange trip it has been for me,
and this film. I'm happy as a clam with this DVD release and when Columbia releases Matt Dillonís 1987 film ' THE BIG TOWN' (also with Suzy Amis) I can be one happy camper!
Thanks for the website, I visit it often and always love reading how much all of us love the movie. It has a lot of emotional ties for me, I can't wait to own it on DVD and watch it when I need it.
Alabama - Northridge, CA
If anybody has checked out Pat Metheny's "As Wichita Falls So Falls Wichita Falls" lovely "September 15" you will get the full effect of longing that Kevin Reynolds perhaps intended for the reuniting scene on the landing strip.
It was this song that turned my attention to "Fandango" as the TV droned on one afternoon in 1988. The song is simply lovely. An instrumental. And when I heard the familiar piano intro I quickly sat in front of the TV to see the second half (and later that night the full movie) of "Fandango."
"September 15" is my favorite song of all time, and as a child of the '60s who came of age in the '70s, that is saying a lot for this music lover.
As movies go, 'Fandango" is not perfect. But oh, my, it is close. At least in my heart.
Oh, if anybody can dig up Kevin Reynold's e-mail, please let me know.
Fondest from a West Texas boy,
I still have a question regarding one of the lines from the movie. I think I emailed this same question a couple years ago and I still can't figure out the answer. Maybe you, or if you posted this - one of the fans, could help me out. My favorite scene and line from the movie: "Here's to us by God....." (I even wrote it on my graduation hat five years ago) Does he say "...To us, and THEM?" or "...To us and THAT?" or even "...To us and THEN?" Everyone on the site has said or written 'Them', but if you listen, it doesn't sound like 'them', it sounds like 'that'. It's probably my favorite movie quote of all time, but I want to get it right. Thoughts? Great site by the way. When my friends and I graduated from college I had prints made of the final shot - Kevin with the bottle - with the lyrics to Can't Find My Way Home to the left. One of my favorite possessions.
Certainly helped on getting the DVD released (I signed the petition!) but still no region 2 version for the UK or Europe. Hasn't been on UK TV for years.So, any ideas how I/we can get that corrected? Any contacts or pointers to people to bug at Warner Bros? I'm currently waiting on feedback from www.play.com, who are a large supplier in the UK, but I don't hold out much hope.
Love your site. It brought back a flood of memories from my college days watching this movie w/buds and suds. Can't wait to pick through the rest of the stuff you have on here.
Patrick Connolly, Littleton, CO
Can I just say I am loving you right now! When I was finally able to purchase "Fandango" last year I thought it couldn't get any better,
but if only I couldfind the soundtrack. I did alot of digging last year and to no avail, but lo and behold, I found you!
This is awesome and i want to thank you so much.
This is one of my favorite soundtracks of all time, when I watch this movie it makes me so nostalgic!
The scene at the wedding and the toast are my favorite andi I always wanted to know who did the song when they danced the fandango.
Music means so much to me as does this movie and I want to thank you. You could not believe how heavy my heart is right now!
It's good to know that their are some people out there who still have extraordinary taste! Peace and love my friend,
WOW, great Fandango site! Do you know if Chata Ortega's is still
standing? Ihope to make the pilgrimage this fall and that is obviously
an importantstop. It seems like the DOM rock is still in good
shape. I can't wait to see it in person.
Kent Rayhill, Wilmette, IL