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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, Romance  |  31 March 2000 (USA)
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Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.


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Kwik Stop Cashier
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Trucker in Kwik Stop
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Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. Written by Zhe

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A true story about finding the courage to be yourself.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including an intense brutal rape scene, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Take It Like a Man  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$73,720 (USA) (8 October 1999)


$11,533,945 (USA) (19 May 2000)

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Did You Know?


Peter Sarsgaard and Chloë Sevigny later appeared with Jake Gyllenhaal in Jarhead (2005) and Zodiac (2007) respectively. Sarsgaard is also married to Jake's sister Maggie Gyllenhaal. See more »


The court summons Candace finds in the trash can (for which Brandon traveled to Lincoln) says "Hunt County." The courthouse building that Brandon walks into to pay the traffic ticket ALSO says "Hunt County." That would mean that Brandon walked into the very same courthouse where the bench warrant was earlier issued, but the sheriff tells Brandon that "this is what the Lincoln authorities faxed us over." See more »


Lana: What were you like... before all this? Were you like me, like a GIRL girl?
Brandon: Yeah... like a long time ago... but then I guess I was just like a boy girl, then I was just a jerk.
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Thanks to ... everyone who volunteered to speak about his or her experiences and help with research. See more »


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Rock Your Baby
Written by Harry Wayne Casey (as Harry W. Casey) and Richard Finch
Performed by George McCrae
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Remarkable depiction of real life drama

After finally getting the chance to see this film, I have to say it was worth the wait. Hillary Swank's performance was outstanding, she certainly deserves the golden globe she's already won and the oscar, she's sure to be nominated for. Brandon Teena was real, no questions. The director, Kimberly Pierce deserves much credit for telling the story subtlety, no black and white, he's wrong, she's right. I came away from this movie realizing the courage you have to possess to be different, the dangers from it are real and we must admire those brave enough among us to be.

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