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Redboy 13 (1997)

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A minor masterpiece of the surreal--Austin Chronicle__Redboy 13 is a cold war movie spoof with a Jame Bondian atmosphere. Roy Brown plays Redboy 13, an adolescent agent called from ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Col. Lawrence G. Calcan
Devon Roy-Brown ...
Sean Rains aka Redboy
Charlie Schmidt ...
Sgt. Hurter
Tito Villalobos Moreno ...
Commander Paisano
Wendy Blech ...
The Jungle Girl
David Boone ...
Marcus van Bavel ...
Bob / Dr. Zed / Dr. Heimlich Manure
Harper Washburn ...
Tanya 12
Diane Perella ...
Karen Rains
Cheri Gelber ...
Paul Podraza ...
Mr. Rains
Ev Lunning ...
General Buddox (as Ev Lunning Jr.)
Bill Johnson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rick Brashaw ...
Prison Guard
Roger Bredahl ...
Bootcamp boy


A minor masterpiece of the surreal--Austin Chronicle__Redboy 13 is a cold war movie spoof with a Jame Bondian atmosphere. Roy Brown plays Redboy 13, an adolescent agent called from retirement for one last assignment. Evil is up to its old tricks in the form of a wheelchair bound Neo Nazi. Written by Anonymous

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The boy who came in from the Cold




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Redboy 13
Written by Tito Villalobos Moreno
Arranger: Noel Alford
Keyboards: Noel Alford
Lead Singer: Stacey Brandt
Lead Violin: Javier Chaparro
Second Violin: Glenn Bearden
Sound Engineer: Fred Remmert
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Marvelously silly parody of films and life.
27 May 2007 | by (Stuttgart, Germany) – See all my reviews

Viewers would be ill-advised not to take this parody fairly seriously, especially given the remarkable insights provided by the director's surprisingly modest commentary.

In this commentary (available on the DVD), director van Bavel seemed to believe 'a' major defect in the movie is that of Redboy's changing age, necessitated by the fact that the filming took longer than originally anticipated. Perhaps the depth of this issue can be illustrative of the complex art of this marvelously silly parody of films and life.

Yes, at first the viewer wonders if there are two actors. But by the end of the movie, it becomes apparent that this is not a negative at all -- on the contrary.

This is a film with binary themes related to the protagonist: student/super spy, toys/real weapons, the imaginary/the real, the child/the man. When I saw that the child/man theme was so important (the child-warrior theme being an archetypal theme in literature, viz. Joan of Arc, King Arthur, etc.), I began to see that presenting Redboy as of an ambiguous age, first young, then unpredictably older, is certainly one of the greatest and most perceptive strengths of the film, if not the greatest strength. Children, after all, may at first seem incapable, then surprisingly prove to be masters of their situation. The discontinuity of Redboy's age forces the viewer to confront a truth of humanity that can never be so graphically reflected in real life.

Up to now, perhaps only novels have been able to portray characters over a span of time -- or, in film, the comparatively artificial use of several actors to portray one character. It may in fact be that few movies in history have provided us the opportunity to see the protagonist over a wider variation in age and appearance, since, as van Bavel notes, children that age change rapidly.

Granted, if van Bavel had known from the beginning what the filming situation was to be, he almost certainly would have planned things differently -- even if he had in fact made the decision to include scenes from several divergent ages over a couple of years for Redboy. But as it is, I can't imagine apologizing for the fact that Redboy is of varying ages in the film, at least not without major qualification, even if in fact it seemed an accidental development. In fact, as well all know, art is characteristically 'accidental' -- or seems to be at the time. The fact that van Bavel didn't scrap it or re-do the whole thing with another actor is also an artistic decision.

Now, I'm aware, as van Bavel suggests in the commentary, that there is a danger of reading into the film more than is there, but as I say, even if the age issue was unplanned, that does not make it any less valid a strength, and I wouldn't wonder if it is not, consciously or unconsciously, one of the reasons for the admirable success of the film.

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