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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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Kimberly Peirce (written by) &
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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)
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
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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Did You Know?

Hilary Swank was paid about US$3000 for her role.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Sheriff:Why do you go hanging out with guys, you being a girl yourself? Why do you go around kissing every girl?
Brandon:I... don't see what this has to do with what had happened.
Sheriff:I'm asking you all these so that when I speak to the jury, they're going to want some answers, so I have to know exactly what is going on. Now, are you going to answer my question or not?
Brandon:I... have a sexual identity crisis.
Sheriff:You have a what?
Brandon:I have a sexual identity crisis.
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169 out of 212 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing and powerful film, 6 May 2000
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

This is a poignant and powerful film. It is the true story of Teena Brandon, a young woman who is in the throes of a sexual identity crisis. She cuts her hair and dresses like a man to see if she can pass for one. What starts out as an experiment turns into a full fledged alter ego as she is accepted as a man by a group she meets in a bar. The story follows the group's escapades, including Brandon's love affair with Lana, who falls in love with Brandon, thinking she's a man. It culminates with the discovery that Brandon is actually a woman with a dramatic confrontation in the finale.

This is film noir at it's finest. A lot of people think that this is a story about courage and lesbianism but it is really about neither. It is about the search for identity; not just sexual identity but the search for a deeper self . All the characters in this film were lost and confused, but Brandon was the only one who realized it of herself. The rest were basically playing out their despondent lives trying not to think of who or what they were. Here was a person they loved and accepted, but who turned out to be the most heinous of deviants as defined by their own prejudices and fears. This is why they were so fundamentally shaken upon the revelation of Brandon's true identity. It left them to confront their own flimsy identities. They were left with no respite from the emotional vortex. Brandon presented a terrifying threat to the way they viewed themselves. They were compelled to change who they were or hate someone they had grown to love.

This film was also about obsession. Brandon takes extraordinary risks to live the male role, not out of courage, but out of an obsession to know and understand it, and to see if she can find comfort and a sense of belonging. Likewise, writer/director Kimberly Peirce had been obsessed with this story and researched it for five years before finally making the film. Obsession generally leads to one of two places: greatness or death. For Peirce, at least for the moment, it has lead to greatness in the production of this film.

Strictly from a technical directorial standpoint there was nothing special here. The lighting was amateurish, the shots were mostly mundane. The sets and locations were realistically trashy, but it is a lot easier to create realistic trash than realistic elegance. Peirce also bogs the film down occasionally with excessive character development. However, Peirce captures in the story and the filming, the essence of rural lower class crudenes, bigotry and hatred and fear. It is the raw emotion that reaches out and grabs us. Her lens brought into sharp focus the base reality of inescapable despair and deluded hope. Reality often has fangs, and Peirce was undaunted in showing them and then ripping us to shreds.

As to Hilary Swank, I can only add one more rose to the bouquet of praise that has been heaped on her. If there was any courage in this story, it was the courage of Swank to take such a complex and disturbing role. The subtlety of her performance was astounding. She needed not just to be a woman playing a man. She needed to be a woman playing a woman playing a man, trying to look convincing yet insecure and unsure of how she was being perceived by the other characters. When in character, her many skillful lapses into moments of femininity, only to snap back into masculinity were masterfully done. For Swank, this was a meteoric rise from obscurity. It remains to be seen if it was just the perfect alignment of actor and role, or something more. I hope for the latter and look forward to seeing her next project.

Greatly obscured by Swankmania, was the performance by Chloe Sevigny as Lana, Brandon's love interest. She gave an outstanding performance in another extraordinarily difficult role. Her conflict over the implications of her sexual and emotional feelings for Brandon were sensitively and delicately portrayed. She played the part with a tentative eagerness, just as one would expect of someone whose sexual identity had been thrown into upheaval. It was also no easy career choice to be cast in a role with so many explicit sexual scenes with another woman.

This film was stark reality with no holds barred. The filmmaking was technically unsophisticated (and I'm usually a real stickler about that), but I rated it a 9/10 on pure emotional power. This film is not for you if you are offended by lesbianism, graphic violence or profanity. But if you are not intimidated by the naked reality of the darker side of life, this is a film you must experience.

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