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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

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Brett Sprague
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Michelle
Lynette Curran ...
Sandra Sprague
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Glenn Sprague
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Stevie Sprague
Jeanette Cronin ...
Jackie
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Nola (as Anna Lise)
Pete Smith ...
George (Abo)
Sal Sharah ...
Nick
Lawrence Woodward ...
Jailer
Peter Hehir ...
Graham Newman
Andrew Heys ...
Sparrow
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Policeman
Anthony Kierann ...
Policeman
Stephen Leeder ...
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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 and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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7 May 1998 (Australia)  »

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

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$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 »

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Around 30 minutes in, Stevie pulls a cigarette from a packet and sticks it in his mouth twice within a matter of seconds. See more »

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

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The most powerful Aussie crime flick that I have ever seen
5 April 2005 | by (somewhere in cyberspace) – See all my reviews

This movie is the most powerful piece of cinema to come out of Australia and the performances by all actors, and in particular David Wenham and Toni Colletter where incredible.

It is in the same league as Romper Stomper, and, Chopper, but with better acting.

This film was never intended to be a documentary or to be an insight into the criminal mind and those who have reviewed it as such have totally missed the point. This is a movie about smalltime criminals that pulls no punches and tells it as it is and doesn't try to glorify these characters unlike the sort of movies you see coming out of Hollywood that are from the same genre.

If you are looking for a "moral" to the story, or to learn some "facts" about the criminal world you may be disappointed with this film.

But if you like intensely realistic plot lines and powerful acting performances then you will find "The Boys" to be one of those movies that you must add to your DVD library.


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