The Dazed and Confused Cast: Then and Now

As the film turns 20, look back at the then-newbies who've gone on to become major stars


When Dazed and Confused hit theaters in 1993, it wasn't a huge success; the film only grossed $8 million. But 20 years later, the high school comedy – set on the last day of class in 1976 at fictional Lee High School in Austin, Texas – is considered a cult classic, and helped launch the careers of mega-stars like Ben Affleck and Matthew McConaughey. "The whole movie lived or died with the cast," director Rick Linklater told PEOPLE at an Austin Film Society anniversary party for the film in Texas recently. "They were just such a great young bunch of actors with a lot of energy and humor."