Richard Linklater’s 70’s Masterpiece: “Dazed and Confused” (1993)

Director Richard Linklater made a name for himself with 1991’s Slacker and Dazed and Confused was his first major studio film. Working with iconic casting director Don Phillips they chose a group of charismatic group of unknowns to star in the movie, including future stars Ben Affleck, Adam Goldberg and Joey Lauren Adams. And then there’s Matthew McConaughey, who talked himself into the movie one night at an Austin bar, and then worked himself out of a bit role in the ensemble into the breakout star of the movie. The film didn’t immediately succeed at the box office but has since become one of the iconic depictions of 70’s high school kids and the 1970s in general.

An Oral History of “Dazed and Confused”, 12.26.13