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Boys Don't Cry -- Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result.
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31 March 2000 (USA) See more »
A true story about finding the courage to be yourself.
Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hilary Swank ... Brandon Teena

Chloë Sevigny ... Lana Tisdel

Peter Sarsgaard ... John Lotter

Brendan Sexton III ... Tom Nissen

Alicia Goranson ... Candace

Alison Folland ... Kate

Jeannetta Arnette ... Lana's Mom

Rob Campbell ... Brian

Matt McGrath ... Lonny
Cheyenne Rushing ... Nicole
Robert Prentiss ... Trucker
Josh Ridgway ... Kwik Stop Cashier
Craig Erickson ... Trucker in Kwik Stop
Stephanie Sechrist ... April

Jerry Haynes ... Judge
Lou Perryman ... Sheriff
Lisa Renee Wilson ... Pam (as Lisa Wilson)
Jackson Kane ... Sam Phillips
Joseph Gibson ... Tom
Michael Tripp ... Nerdy Teen
Shana McClendon ... Girl in Car

Libby Villari ... Nurse

Paige Carl Griggs ... Dave - Deputy

Gail Cronauer ... Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Guilford Adams ... Teena Brandon's Father (uncredited)
Chad Briley ... Extra (uncredited)

Ryan Thomas Brockington ... Kiss (uncredited)
Christophe Dahlkvist ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Michelle Fairbanks ... Girl in Car (uncredited)

Gabriel Horn ... Lester - Restraining Order Guy (uncredited)

Gavin Perry ... Deputy (uncredited)
Robert A. Steffenino ... Bartender (uncredited)

Caitlin Wehrle ... Valley Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Kimberly Peirce 
Writing credits
Kimberly Peirce (written by) &
Andy Bienen (written by)

Produced by
Jill Footlick .... line producer
John Hart .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Pamela Koffler .... executive producer
Eva Kolodner .... producer
Jon Marcus .... line producer: additional photography, New York
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Jeff Sharp .... producer (as Jeffrey Sharp)
Brad Simpson .... associate producer (as Bradford Simpson)
John Sloss .... executive producer
Morton Swinsky .... co-producer (as Mort Swinsky)
Christine Vachon .... producer
Original Music by
Nathan Larson 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
Film Editing by
Tracy Granger 
Lee Percy 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Billy Hopkins 
Jennifer McNamara 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Michael Shaw 
Art Direction by
Shawn Carroll 
Costume Design by
Victoria Farrell 
Makeup Department
Angela Angel .... hair assistant
Angela Angel .... makeup assistant
Jane Choi .... key makeup artist: additional photography, New York
Jeff Francis .... hair stylist: Ms. Sevigny, additional photography, New York
Kalen Hoyle .... makeup artist
Renee Lecuyer .... key hair stylist (as Renee Le Cuyer)
Renee Lecuyer .... key makeup artist (as Renee Le Cuyer)
Renee Lecuyer .... key makeup effects (as Renee Le Cuyer)
Kerrie R. Plant .... key hair stylist: additional photography, New York (as Kerrie Plant)
Kerrie R. Plant .... makeup stylist: additional photography, New York (as Kerrie Plant)
Nicki Ledermann .... makeup consultant (uncredited)
Production Management
Jon Marcus .... unit production manager: additional photography, New York
Rachel Peters .... executive in charge of production: Hart Sharp
Katie Roumel .... executive in charge of production: Killer Films
Jamie H. Zelermyer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfie Kiernan .... second assistant director
W. Alex Korp .... second second assistant director
Jim LaClair .... first assistant director (as Jim Laclair)
Jay Richard Piro .... first assistant director: additional photography, New York (as Jay Piro)
Jeanine Rohn .... first assistant director
Art Department
Phyllis Detrich .... property master
Sherief Elkatsha .... set dresser: additional photography, New York
Jimmy Estrada .... assistant props (as Jimmy Joe Estrada)
Lynn A. Johanson .... leadperson
Lissa Murphy .... set dresser (as Lisa Murphy)
Amy Beth Silver .... art director: additional photography, New York (as Amy Silver)
Andrea Stanley .... art director: additional photography, New York
Debra Sugarman .... set dresser
Sarah J. Thompson .... set dresser
Minda Work .... leadperson
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... adr editor
Jeremy Brill .... sound intern
Eric A. Christoffersen .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Eric Christoffersen)
Robert Fernandez .... sound re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart .... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Haasch .... foley engineer
Alex Herrera .... boom operator (as Alex A. Herrera)
William Kozy .... sound mixer: additional photography, New York
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (as Hal Levinson)
Mack Melson .... production sound mixer
Cate Montana .... sound intern
Igor Nikolic .... assistant editor
Glenfield Payne .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Jen Ralston .... foley supervisor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Matthew C. Beville .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kate Eales .... background sound editor (uncredited)
Sean Garnhart .... sound designer (uncredited)
Jen Ralston .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Bennett .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mark Dornfeld .... optical effects: Custom Film Effects
Vincent Lavares .... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... optical camera (uncredited)
Tim Buchanan .... stunts
Jeremy Hill .... stunts (as Jeramy Hill)
Ben Loggins .... stunt coordinator
Diane Towery .... stunts
Russell Towery .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Troy Anderson .... third electric
Joe Arcidiacono .... director of photography: additional photography, New York
Paul Armstrong .... additional camera assistant
Rhett Bakke .... second assistant camera
Hugo Bonilla .... best boy grip: additional photography, New York
John Cadenhead .... third grip (as John T. Cadenhead III)
Claire F. Cario .... first assistant camera (as Claire Cario)
Libby Cassinelli .... best boy electric (as Elizabeth Casinelli)
Jack Cocker .... grip/electric swing
Christopher Davis .... additional electric
Lance Dooley .... additional swing
James D. Faust .... additional electric (as Jhames D. Faust)
Hank Fischer .... grip/electric swing
Tom Graybael .... first assistant camera: second unit, Dallas (as Tom 'Barney' Graybael)
Matthew Hale .... best boy grip (as Matthew D. Hale)
Carrie Huff .... additional grip
Daniel Jacob .... additional electric (as Daniel Jacobs)
Ruben Levins .... camera production assistant: second unit, Dallas
Russell Lindsay .... additional grip
Seth Loft .... key grip: additional photography, New York
Bill Matlock .... still photographer
Brian McKee .... key grip
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Scott Miller .... gaffer: additional photography, New York
Michael Mizell .... best boy electric: additional photography, New York
Eric Montes .... additional grip
Nathan O'Neal .... camera loader
John Pirozzi .... director of photography: time-lapse photography
Chris Reynolds .... additional camera assistant
Antonio Rossi .... first assistant camera: additional photography, New York
James Soward .... additional electric
Seamus Tierney .... additional electric
Joshua Van Praag .... grip/electric swing
Matt Walters .... additional grip
Sebastian Widmann .... camera loader: additional photography, New York
John Wilcox .... additional swing (as John 'J.D.' Wilcox)
Jason May .... grip (uncredited)
Paul S. Shapiro .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Emily Abt .... extras casting assistant
Elizabeth Beck .... extras casting director
Mark Bennett .... casting assistant: New York
Deborah Maxwell Dion .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Amy Grappell .... casting director: local
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Beers .... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography, New York
Mary McCormick .... seamstress
Michelle Elaine Teague .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Matthew Ballen .... post-production intern
Janna Bilski .... post-production intern
Marc Bruni .... post-production intern (as Mark Bruni)
Gabrielle Demeestere .... post-production intern
Emily Digiacomo .... post-production intern
Ryan Ganimian .... post-production intern
Joe Graceffa .... post-production intern
Rebecca Green .... post-production intern
Fred Grinstein .... post-production intern
Michelle Harrison .... associate editor
Elizabeth Heeden .... second conform assistant editor (as Elizabeth R. Heeden)
Kit Hui .... post-production assistant
Irene Kassow .... first assistant editor
Jonathan Kaye .... second conform assistant editor (as Jonatan Kaye)
Marc Landers .... post-production intern
Jordan Leff .... post-production intern
Addison MacDonald .... post-production intern (as Addison Macdonald)
Berndt Mader .... post-production intern
Aleeza Marashlian .... post-production intern
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Daishiro Narita .... post-production assistant
Andy Newcomer .... post-production intern
Tina Pacheco .... first assistant editor
Maxime Pardo .... post-production intern
Seyi Peter-Thomas .... post-production intern
Cecile Rebbot .... post-production intern
Olivia Relova .... post-production intern
Sebastien Robeis .... post-production intern
April Roth .... post-production intern
Jennifer Ruff .... avid support
Lousine Shamamian .... apprentice editor
Michael Sledd .... post-production intern
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter (as Stan)
Laura Weinberg .... conform assistant editor
Virginia Williams .... post-production intern
Tanya Yokum .... post-production intern
John McNulty .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Ken Rubenfeld .... dailies colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Jim Dunbar .... executive music producer
Christopher S. Parker .... music clearances (as Chris Parker)
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Allan Zaleski .... music editor
Transportation Department
Marty Carrington .... driver
Robert C. Fite .... driver
Wally Welch .... driver
Other crew
Laird Adamson .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Aaron Bartz .... production assistant
Paul Brennan .... legal services: Sloss Law
Peter Burns .... assistant: John Hart
Ronnie Butler .... security
John Cadenhead .... location manager
Terry K. Cahill .... security
George Camarda .... script supervisor: additional photography, New York
Judson Davenport .... location production assistant
Rachel Dawson .... production office coordinator: additional photography, New York
Stephen Dupree .... production assistant
Barak Epstein .... intern
Tony Estrada .... location scout
Dee Evans .... production office coordinator
Mark M. Faulkner .... security
Andrea Friedman .... additional location manager
Tommy Garrett .... security
Kyle Gross .... security
Jeremy Haak .... intern (as Jeremy Slade Haak)
Gabriel Harris .... production assistant: additional photography, New York
Beverly G. Hendley .... security
Jeff Hill .... publicist
Gates Houp .... production assistant
Susanne Jones .... travel
Louis Katz .... physician: New York (as Louis Katz MD)
Kim Kyle .... intern
Maria Lee .... intern
Sherri Lennon .... location manager
Joni Linton .... script supervisor: second unit, Dallas
Jennifer Lobban .... accounting intern
Jennifer Lobban .... production intern
Ann Marsland .... office production assistant
Jen McGowan .... production assistant: additional photography, New York (as Jennifer McGowan)
Gerald Michaelson .... physician: California (as Gerald Michaelson MD)
Randy Miears .... key set production assistant
Susan R. Millard .... security
Ross Miller .... insurance: D.R. Reiff And Associates
Leora Mohr .... assistant production office coordinator (as Leora Backer)
Pamela Mount .... location scout
David O .... production assistant
Roman Ostrowski .... physician: New York (as Roman Ostrowski MD)
Bill Perkins .... location production assistant
Michael Raines .... production assistant
Jack Pettibone Riccobono .... production assistant: additional photography, New York (as Jack Ricobono)
Pamela Richardson .... script supervisor
Stanton Grant Richardson .... security
Cody Rogers .... office production assistant
Cody Rogers .... set medic
Bob Roizman .... projectionist: additional photography, New York
Ben Schoen .... titles: Scarlet Letters
Paula Schoen .... physician: California (as Paula Shoen MD)
M.K. Shaw .... production accountant
Mark Shelby .... location scout
Fred Siegel .... tax accountant (as Fred Siegel CPA)
Anitra K-M Smith .... office production assistant
Maya Stowe .... assistant: Kim Peirce
Paul Worrel .... physician: Texas (as Paul Worrel MD)
Jason Zampino .... production assistant: additional photography, New York
Sarah Nean Bruce .... production advisor (uncredited)
Robert P. Campbell .... product placement (uncredited)
Bobby Shue .... intern (uncredited)
Dylan Verrechia .... assistant: Kim Peirce (uncredited)
Rob Albright .... thanks
Lynn Auerbach .... thanks
Consuelo Saah Baehr .... thanks
Tonyee Barretonetto .... thanks
Kate Bornstein .... thanks
Nancy Brody .... thanks
Sarah Nean Bruce .... thanks: Dallas/Fort Worth Film Commission (as Sara Bruce-Craft)
Eliza Byard .... thanks
Lorne Cameron .... thanks (as Loren Cameron)
Mark Christopher .... thanks: for development in the film's initial stages
Dan Cowherd .... thanks
DeMane Davis .... thanks (as Demane Davis)
Lenore Dekoven .... thanks
Esther Drill .... thanks
Huong Duong .... thanks
Nicole Eisenman .... thanks
Alli Farrell .... thanks (as Ali Farrell)
Tony Faulkner .... thanks
Daphne Fitzpatrick .... thanks
Ellen Franning .... thanks
Alison Froling .... thanks
Linda Gutierres .... thanks
Lori E. Seid .... thanks (as Lori E. Side)
Lana Tisdel .... thanks
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for violence including an intense brutal rape scene, sexuality, language and drug use (Approved No. 36926) (edited for re-rating)
118 min
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Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Austria:16 | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (director's cut) | Finland:K-16 (original theatrical version) (re-rating) | France:-16 | Germany:16 (bw) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Japan:PG-12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R(A) | Singapore:M18 (edited version) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R (Approved No. 36926) (edited for re-rating) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | USA:NC-17 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

When Hilary Swank was living as a man to prepare for the role of Brandon Teena, her neighbors believed that the young man coming and going from Swank's home (Swank in male character) was her visiting brother.See more »
Revealing mistakes: With all the care that Brandon takes to appear male, this would certainly include NOT shaving his legs.See more »
Brandon:So what's your name?
Candace:[laughs] Candace. I hate it though. I'm thinking of changing it.
Brandon:Sometimes that helps. I'm Brandon.
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115 out of 150 people found the following review useful.
Sometimes they do, 17 September 2001
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

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This movie really made me think about sexual differences and what it means to have a sex change or to want one, or to be trapped in a gender you don't want. It was very effective to have us see Hilary Swank (who plays Brandon Teena/Teena Brandon) with short hair and male facial expressions and gestures without giving us a glimpse of her as Teena. (Actually we did get a brief glimpse in a photo.) Swank looks like a boy, acts like a boy, in fact works hard to be a boy; indeed that is (sadly) part of what this movie is about, what it means to be a boy in middle America as opposed to being a girl. And then when we have the scene with the tampons and the breast wrapping and we see her legs, the effect is startling, an effect possibly lost on those who knew that the person playing Brandon was a woman. It was when I saw her legs and could tell at a glance that she was a woman with a woman's legs that I realized just how subtle, but unmistakable are the anatomical sexual differences, and how convincing Swank's portrayal was.

I was reminded as I watched this of being a young person, of being a teenager and going through all the rituals and rites, unspoken, unplanned, without social sanction, that we all go through to prove our identity, because that is what Brandon was so eager to do, to prove his identity as a boy. I thought, ah such an advantage he has with the girls because he knows what they like and what they want. He can be smooth, and how pretty he looks. It was strange. I actually knew some guys in my youth who had such talent, and the girls did love them.

The direction by Kimberly Peirce is nicely paced and the forebodings of horror to come are sprinkled lightly throughout so that we don't really think about the resolution perhaps until the campfire scene in which John Lotter shows his self-inflicted scars and tosses the knife to Brandon. Then we know for sure, something bad is going to happen.

Hilary Swank is very convincing. Her performance is stunning, and she deserved the Academy Award she won for Best Actress. She is the type of tomboy/girl so beloved of the French cinema, tomboyish, but obvious a girl like, for example, Zouzou as seen in Chloe in the Afternoon (1972) or Élodie Bouchez in the The Dreamlife of Angels (1998), or many others. Indeed, one is even reminded of Juliette Binoche, who of course can play anything, or going way back, Leslie Caron in Gigi (1958). Chloe Signvey, who plays Lana Tisdel, the girl Brandon loves, whom I first saw in Palmetto (1998), where she stole a scene or two from Woody Allen and Elisabeth Shue, really comes off ironically as butch to Swank, yet manages a sexy, blue collar girl next door femininity. She also does a great job. Peter Sarsgaard is perfect as John Lotter, trailer trash car thief and homophobic redneck degenerate.

Very disturbing is the ending. If you know the story, you know the ending. Just how true this was to the real life story it is based on is really irrelevant. I knew nothing about the story, but I know that film makers always take license to tell it the way they think it will play best, and so it's best to just experience the film as the film, independent of the real story, which, like all real stories, can never be totally told.

Obviously this is not for the kiddies and comes as close to an "X" rating as any "R" movie you'll ever see. It will make most viewers uncomfortable, but it is the kind of story that needs to be told.

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