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This Boy's Life (1993)

The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive step-father, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff.

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(book), (screenplay)
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Arthur Gayle
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Pearl
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Roy
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Norma
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Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
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Kathy
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Marian
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Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
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Chuck Bolger
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Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald ...
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Deste Rapaz  »

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$4,104,962 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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When Robert De Niro saw Leonardo DiCaprio's acting in this movie, he called Martin Scorsese to tell him about the kid and he must check him out. Scorsese has since said that this was very unusual as De Niro wouldn't normally have this level of praise for a fellow actor. See more »

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The injured finger that's still bandaged months later in the timeline of the story. 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 Island of Lost Women (1959) 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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Great acting
23 February 2000 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

What is best about "This Boy's Life" is the acting. Don't get me wrong, though, the film in itself is also good; it's rather disturbing when you think about the fact that it is based upon a true story. But the acting… 1993 must be Leonardo DiCaprio's best year as an actor yet, his portrayal of Toby in this film is very good, and he was absolutely sensational in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?". Robert De Niro is also very good in the film, he manages to bring forward the brutal side of his character while he also lets the audience know that Dwight is a very childish man. Ellen Barkin is also good. And it was fun to see Tobey Maguire in an early role as Toby's friend -- I didn't even now that he was supposed to be in the film until there he was! Good film with really impressive acting by the three leads. (6/10)


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