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?
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
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
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.
Real Wild Child
Written by Johnny O'Keefe
, Johnny Greenan
and Dave Owen
(as Dave Owens)
Performed by Ivan See more