Buddy Boy (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  24 March 2000 (USA)
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An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Gillespie
Mr. Salcedo
Richard Assad ...
Darryl Henriques ...
Michael Halsey ...
Mr. Jones
Navajo Clad Woman


The story of a pious introvert whose religious conviction begins to crumble under the weight of a cruel and strange existence, Buddy Boy is a study of faith, obsession, alienation and madness. The film's title character, Francis, lives with his invalid, abusive mother in a dingy tenement apartment, and has suffered a life of unrelenting misfortune and brutality. Over time, he has withdrawn from the world and into himself, silently observing others rather than interacting with them. His only solace has been his Catholicism, but he has begun to question his faith in a loving God who could countenance so much evil and pain. When he discovers he can see into the apartment of a beautiful, mysterious woman from his own back stairs, Francis cannot stop watching her, even after he meets her and they become romantically involved. Unable or unwilling to believe that she could actually love him, he becomes ever more obsessive in his voyeurism. And it is what Francis sees - or thinks he sees - ... Written by N. Bentner

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,651 (USA) (24 March 2000)


$10,281 (USA) (31 March 2000)

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1.85 : 1
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Received a standing ovation after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. See more »


References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »


Written by Chris Hakius(as C. Hakius)/Al Cisneros(as L. Cisneros)/Matt Pike(as M. Pike)/J. Marler
Performed by Sleep
Courtesy of Tupelo Records by arrangement with Revolver Music
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12 March 2004 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed the film. I loved the repetition of shots and the plot twists. At first the film looked like it was going to be somewhat normal but then it turned into a darker, more twisted view of human nature. I felt that I was guessing what was going to happen next and had theories in mind before the ending came. And what an ending it was! I have a feeling I'm going to have to watch it again at least once more before I can come up with any solid theory. I give it an 8-9 out of 10.

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