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
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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.
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Did You Know?
first auditioned for the part of Toby but director Michael Caton-Jones
thought he wasn't right for the role. Leonardo DiCaprio
, who is close friends with Maguire, still wanted him to be a part of the film so he got him the role of Toby's friend Chuck Bolger. See more
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
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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