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This Boy's Life (1993)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  9 April 1993 (USA)
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The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive father, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff.

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Arthur Gayle
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Pearl
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Roy
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Norma
Zachary Ansley ...
Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
Tracey Ellis ...
Kathy
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Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
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Chuck Bolger
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Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald ...
Psycho
Richard Liss ...
A & P Manager
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Storyline

In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A true story based on the award-winning book by Tobias Wolff. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 1993 (USA)  »

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$4,104,962 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Leonardo DiCaprio grew a few inches while shooting the film and he had to slouch in several scenes to look smaller next to Robert De Niro. See more »

Goofs

Speedometer on car reads the same when Dwight Hansen drives erratically to scare Tobias and then later on when Tobias takes Dwight's car for a joy ride; also the speedometer says speeds of 70 mph plus yet the odometer never moves. See more »

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Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: It was 1957. We were driving from Florida to Utah. After my mother was beaten up by her boyfriend, we got in the Nash and high-tailed it for the uranium fields. We were gonna get rich and change our luck, which hadn't been so hot since our family broke up five years back.
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References The Wrong Man (1956) See more »

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Smile
Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons and music by Charles Chaplin
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Leo's movie
3 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The title got it right. This is Leonardo's movie through and through. You can't wait for him to get away from his ineffectual Mother and his Stepfather. Not many young actors could hold their own with DeNiro, but Leonardo succeeds beautifully. See this movie if you still have any doubts about his acting ability; for once, the 12-year-old girls got it right by anointing him the actor of this generation.


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