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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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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.

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

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29 October 1999 (Canada)  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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£79,576 (UK) (21 April 2000)

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$11,533,945 (USA) (19 May 2000)
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The rape scene was originally longer, as Kimberly Peirce wanted to show that Brandon was repeatedly raped the whole night. Due to negative the response from audiences in several screenings, the scene was eventually shortened. See more »

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John removes his shirt during the bumper skiing. The next time we see him he has his shirt on. See more »

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Lana: No.
Brandon: Why not? You're beautiful.
Lana: Come over here.
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A New Shade of Blue
Written by Bobby Fuller and Mary Stone Huffman
Performed by Bobby Fuller
Published by Bug Music, Inc. o/b/o Warcloud Music (BMI), Golden Unlimited Music (BMI)
Courtesy of DEL-FI Records, Inc.
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Swank is not a lesbian at all but a transgendered individual, thus blurring the sexual divide in the best queer tradition…
10 December 2008 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) is a girl who wishes to become a boy… Arriving in the small Nebraska town of Falls City, Teena binds her breasts, cuts her hair and calls herself Brandon Teena…

When Brandon meets Lana (wonderfully played by Chloë Sevigny), a love affair develops in the course of which sexual identities and gender stereotype is turned upside down…

Eventually Lana comes to realize Brandon is anatomically female, but by then she does not care… Brandon offers her a caring relationship such as she has never known… Unfortunately, Brandon's secret is eventually discovered by two young men, John and Tom, who have befriended him… The knowledge that they have been deceived is deeply disturbing to their male pride…

The film is based on a true story, which also the subject of a documentary, 'The Brandon Teena Story' (1998). But it is less its status as a true-crime document, more its subtle power to subvert our usual assumptions about sexuality that makes this a notable film, and a key text of the so-called 'queer' cinema…

Unlike militant films which proselytize for homosexuality, 'queer' films adopt a more insidious strategy, seeking to undermine such rigid categories as gay and straight… Thus Brandon, in Hilary Swank's excellent interpretation of the role, alert to all the ambiguities, is not a lesbian though he/she has sex with women… And while he/she has adopted some of the physical attributes of a man (clothes, hair-style, certain mannerisms), Brandon has retained a softness and sensuality which implies a critique of conventional masculinity, and which is the secret of his/her sexual success with women… No wonder he arouses the rage of other men…


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