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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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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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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

Lisa Jakub auditioned with Hilary Swank for the part of Brandon/Teena. Hilary showed up dressed like a boy; and walked and talked like a boy. The only thing Lisa had done was put her hair in a ponytail, and walked into the audition, hoping to get it over and done with. Lisa said that Hilary was committed to the role, and rightfully deserved it. See more »

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The "Dustless Highway" is shown in the movie as a dirt road where all this dust covers the cars as they drive. In fact, the "Dustless Highway" is a paved county road. See more »

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Brandon: [voiceover] Dear Lana, By the time you read this, I'll be back home in Lincoln. I'm scared of what's ahead, but when I think of you I know I'll be able to go on. You were right. Memphis isn't far at all. I'll be making a trip out on the highway before too long. I'll be waiting for ya. Love always and forever, Brandon.
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Cod'ine
Written by Buffy Sainte-Marie (as Buffy Sainte Marie)
Performed by The Charlatans
Published by Almo Music Corp. as administrator for Gypsy Boy Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Sensational subject matter masking a true romance
24 February 2000 | by (Philly) – See all my reviews

This is a very powerful, and in many ways very disturbing, film that ultimately lingers with me not for its sensational subject matter but for its tragic and rewarding love story. Here we have two troubled strangers, both horribly at odds with their surroundings, finding each other, falling in love despite the many factors against them, and finally becoming the victims of the perception of their love. Like many others, I was tremendously impressed by the performance of Hilary Swank but I think the glue that holds the film together and gives it amazing hope and humanity is Chloe Sevigny. She takes a role that could have easily fallen apart in a lesser actress's hands and gives it complexity and depth that goes well beyond the script. To watch her is a breathtaking journey. Watch the way she uses her face in this movie – this is an actress of remarkable expressiveness and skill! Overall, it is a very fine film that merits any serious moviegoer's rapt attention.


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