The Boys (1998)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  7 May 1998 (Australia)
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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Sprague
Lynette Curran ...
Sandra Sprague
Glenn Sprague
Stevie Sprague
Jeanette Cronin ...
Nola (as Anna Lise)
Pete Smith ...
George (Abo)
Sal Sharah ...
Lawrence Woodward ...
Peter Hehir ...
Graham Newman
Andrew Heys ...
Anthony Kierann ...
Stephen Leeder ...


Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »




Release Date:

7 May 1998 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Chlopcy  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,284 (USA) (15 October 1999)


$2,930 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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Toni Collette actually grew up in the rough Sydney suburbs where the film is set. See more »


Around 15-20 minutes in, Michelle lights the same cigarette three times in quick succession. See more »


References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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This is the TAXI DRIVER of the nineties.
18 January 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Western suburbs of Sydney and Brett is released from prison to be welcomed back into his own prison, Home. The family are at odds with life and Brett makes matters worse. By evenings end the brothers dwell into a deep dark void and go on a primitive hunt. A disturbing film capturing the struggle of the male species placed at the bottom of the social ladder. Brett, repressed by the laws of society and the repressor of the weak, portrays the primitive role of man as he and his brothers roam within the confines of their cave where they rule supreme. In the outside world they are powerless. They even fail in controlling their women that their forefathers were able to do with a heavy hand. So society has changed but not the testerone levels these men carry. Have we gone against nature and created these oppressed monsters who break and rise to seek their fury on the weak? A wonderful discussion to have over a beer and BBQ. The director Woods opts for the neo-realist approach that works in the confine spaces of the house. Strong filmmaking for a small film carrying important issues.

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