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Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daphne ...
Herself - Dated Brandon
Reanna ...
Herself - Dated Brandon
Gina ...
Herself - Brandon's Ex-girlfriend
Shaun ...
Himself - Friend
JoAnn ...
Herself - Friend
JoAnne Brandon ...
Herself - Brandon's Mother (as JoAnn Brandon)
Tammy Brandon ...
Herself - Brandon's Sister
John Lotter ...
Steve Goldsberry ...
Himself - Cheif Deputy Sheriff
Lana Tisdel ...
Herself - Dated Brandon
Michelle Lotter ...
Herself - Brandon's Friend
Linda Gutierres ...
Herself - Lana's Mother
Tom Nissen ...
Himself (as Thomas Nissen)
Jon Larson ...
Himself - Deputy Sheriff
Angie Lee ...


Documentary about Brandon Teena (aka Teena Brandon), a transgendered person, who was murdered along with two others in 1993 in rural Nebraska. The story is told through interviews with people who knew Brandon, recorded interrogation and trial transcripts, and photographs and file film footage. Written by Michael C. Berch <>

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23 September 1998 (USA)  »

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$11,281 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$40,999 (USA) (30 October 1998)

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9 July 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Low-budget but fairly comprehensive documentary on tortured Nebraskan youth Teena Brandon, who in 1993 nearly fooled a group of rebellious, alienated kids she'd befriended into believing she was a young male named Brandon Teena. When her secret was exposed, two men, angry and freaked-out, raped and murdered her. Offers a more clear-eyed take on the murder scene (which included two other victims) than the Oscar-winning theatrical film "Boys Don't Cry". However, solely on an entertainment basis, "Boys Don't Cry" obviously packs more of an emotional punch. In either case, this is an exceptionally downbeat story which can be difficult to watch, and the folks who knew Teena Brandon seem spookily detached from the ramifications of the entire incident. ** from ****

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