7.3/10
34,953
84 user 38 critic

This Boy's Life (1993)

Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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)
Reviews
Popularity
2,586 ( 588)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

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

After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life.

Director: Lasse Hallström
Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis
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
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald
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 Beach I (2000)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, John Leguizamo
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
J. Edgar (2011)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts
Body of Lies (2008)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The lead singer of a band gets drafted for war in Vietnam. So as not to break up the band, he decides to shoot his own foot.

Director: Annette Haywood-Carter
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jake Busey, 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:

23 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

Dwight's family actually lived in Chinook, in the far south of Washington state. In the film, the nearest school is in the town of Chinook. In reality, the nearest school to Chinook in the 1950s was in the town of Concrete. Chinook is in the far south of the state. See more »

Goofs

When they're all having dinner after Caroline wins the shooting contest, Skipper asks Pearl for the salt and pepper and you can just about see that Pearl is not wearing glasses. But in the next shot of her, she is wearing glasses. 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

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

You Belong to Me
Written by Pee Wee King, Chilton Price and Redd Stewart
Performed by Gene Vincent
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A terrific introduction of Leo's talents
22 February 2006 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Robert DeNiro is one of the finest living actors of Hollywood, most of his movies are pure gold, not to mention this fine film "The Boy's Life". He and not too well known at the time Leonardo made a wonderful coming of age story. Toby is a boy who is constantly on the move with his mother. He gets into trouble at school, smokes, and swears, not your straight arrow kid. But when his mother's new boyfriend, Dwight, offers to take him and turn him into a "straight arrow" boy with a good future, he does so. When he and the mother finally marry, Dwight's true colors start to show and not for the good. He's an alcoholic and abusive drunk who will not rest until everyone goes into his ways of thinking. With some other little unknowns like Eliza Dushku and Tobey Maguire, this is a terrific film.

The acting is just incredible. The chemistry that feeds off of Robert and Leo going back and forth of their fights and anger, it's incredible. Leo's talents just shine and I would highly recommend this film if you enjoyed "Stand By Me". What a great movie!

9/10


32 of 36 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
Dwights first wife? Joeytrom@aol.com
Versus the Book geraldpayne
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:
?