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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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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31 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Take It Like a Man  »

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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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Kimberly Peirce directed this feature film four years after making the short film Boys Don't Cry (1995) which dealt with the same subject. See more »

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This film is said to take place in Nebraska. When the girls are driving down the highway at night the Dallas skyline is clearly visible. See more »

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John Lotter: Shut up, you fucking pervert. Are you a girl or are you not? ARE YOU A GIRL OR ARE YOU NOT?
Tom Nissen: There's an easy way to fix this problem.
Brandon: Fuck you! You stay the fuck away from me!
Tom Nissen: Oh, you wanna fight?
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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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Fan Blades of Love
Written by Ed Hall
Performed by Ed Hall
Published by Thoomp Ka-Bloosh (BMI)
Courtesy of Trance Syndicate
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WOW! One of the most powerful films EVER!
18 April 2000 | by (BC CANADA) – See all my reviews

For a movie to be able to start off a "little" (emphasis on little) slow, and turn into a spectacle of both amazing acting, directing, and an amazing script is not only a rarity, but is almost unheard of. "Boys Don't Cry" is one of the most powerful films that I have ever seen. Ms. Hilary Swank embraced her character with open arms, and turned him into a hero. A incredibly hard task, considering a "few minor 'glitches'". The fact that this movie is based upon a true story only emphasizes the themes it is trying to portray. As a human race, it only makes sense that we should strive to accept our originality and differences, and celebrate them, rather than diminish them, and look upon them as being "bad". This movie is one that gives the audience the "complete package", and not just a pretty actress or soundtrack. As an all encompassing film, "Boys Don't Cry" is brilliant.


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