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Buddy Boy (1999)

An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.

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Francis
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Gloria
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Sal
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Vic
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Father Gillespie
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Mr. Salcedo
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Omar
Richard Assad ...
Haroonian
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Ireland
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Ken
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Brian
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Marilyn
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Mr. Jones
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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 Over time, he has withdrawn from the world and into himself, silently observing others rather than interacting with them.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

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

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24 March 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office

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

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$10,281 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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The film's editor Hughes Winborne can be seen as Francis's father in the photograph of Francis's family. He's the one with the black horn-rimmed glasses. See more »

Connections

References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Bumba
Written by Max Cavalera (as Max Cavalara)
Performed by Soulfly
Courtesy of Roadrunner Records
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Loved It
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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