MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 195 this week

This Boy's Life (1993)

 -  Biography | Drama  -  9 April 1993 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 28,493 users   Metascore: 60/100
Reviews: 81 user | 36 critic | 16 from Metacritic.com

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.

Writers:

(book), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 05 Nov 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 28 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "This Boy's Life" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: This Boy's Life (1993)

This Boy's Life (1993) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of This Boy's Life.

User Polls

4 wins. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Marvin's Room (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow.

Director: Jerry Zaks
Stars: Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton
Total Eclipse (1995)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young, wild poet Arthur Rimbaud and his mentor Paul Verlaine engage in a fierce, forbidden romance while feeling the effects of a hellish artistic lifestyle.

Director: Agnieszka Holland
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, David Thewlis, Romane Bohringer
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Kalvert
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis
Critters 3 (1991)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

The tiny fur ball aliens that will eat anything or anyone set their sights on a Los Angeles apartment tower.

Director: Kristine Peterson
Stars: John Calvin, Aimee Brooks, Christian Cousins
Comedy | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also a line of ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Marcello Mastroianni, Henri Garcin
Poison Ivy (1992)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A seductive teen befriends an introverted high school student and schemes her way into the lives of her wealthy family.

Director: Katt Shea
Stars: Drew Barrymore, Tom Skerritt, Sara Gilbert
Don's Plum (2001)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of Los Angeles teenagers meet every day at their local diner hangout to discus their latest misadventures with their miserable lives.

Director: R.D. Robb
Stars: Amber Benson, Scott Bloom, Kevin Connolly
Action | Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament.

Director: Sam Raimi
Stars: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe
The Aviator (2004)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary director and aviator Howard Hughes' career, from the late 1920s to the mid-1940s.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director: Randall Wallace
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Stars: Jake Busey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Gregg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Arthur Gayle
...
Pearl
...
Roy
...
Norma
Zachary Ansley ...
Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
Tracey Ellis ...
Kathy
...
Marian
Robert Zameroski ...
Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
...
Chuck Bolger
Tristan Tait ...
Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald ...
Psycho
Richard Liss ...
A & P Manager
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He looked like the ideal husband. He seemed like the perfect father. That's just what they needed. But that's not what they got. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

9 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Deste Rapaz  »

Box Office

Gross:

$4,104,962 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The preparatory schools mentioned in the film all do exist. The Hill School is located in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Choate Rosemary Hall is located in Wallingford, Connecticut, and Deerfield Academy is located in Deerfield, Massachusetts. See more »

Goofs

During the finger cutting scene, the finger shown in close up with special effects is not the finger shown when the camera pans back to original shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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.
See more »

Connections

References I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise
Lyrics by Gene Lockhart and music by Ernest Seitz
Performed by Les Paul and Mary Ford
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Memorable, But Difficult To Watch
10 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very haunting, sometimes very difficult story to watch unfold on screen. It was one of the first films I recollect seeing when I went berserk collecting tons of VHS tapes in the mid-90s. I had never heard of Leonardo DiCaprio, but I'm just I wasn't alone as this was his second or third time on screen. Anyway, he certainly gave a powerful performance and served notice he was going to be a "big name" actor.

Basically, it's about teenage kid and his mom trying to survive the mean father-husband of the family in a small town during the 1950s. Robert De Niro plays the dad and Ellen Barkin, the mom. This may be the only film I've seen in which Barkin actually played the nicest person of the leads!! Leo plays "Tobias Wolffe;" De Niro, "Dwight Hansen" and Barkin, "Caroline Hansen." She had remarried Hansen after having "Toby" earlier, hence the surname "Wolffe."

What made this story tough for me was that, to be honest, neither father nor son were nice guys, although De Niro's character was far worse. The struggles - and that's putting it tactfully - between father and son were really nasty. Yet, as unpleasant at is, the story is memorable and it haunted me for several days, especially since it is "based" on a true story. How much of this was true, I can't say, but it is a dramatic story you will not dismiss. However, watching dysfunctional families and hearing a lot of verbal abuse is not fun, so be warned.


24 of 29 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Was Dwight 'deficient' in sexual life? technotrone
What about Pearl?! El_Dude_Brother
I HAVE A PICTURE OF THE REAL TOBIAS WOLFF! fiftieslove
'I DONT LIKE TO LOOK AT THE FACE' XXwingnutzXX
Dwights first wife? Joeytrom@aol.com
That easy to fake your grades? pinturicchio_juve
Discuss This Boy's Life (1993) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?