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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys -- A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.


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Writers (WGA):
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One of the most inventive, funny coming-of-age films in years! See more »
A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Emile Hirsch ... Francis Doyle

Kieran Culkin ... Tim Sullivan

Vincent D'Onofrio ... Father Casey

Jena Malone ... Margie Flynn

Jake Richardson ... Wade Scalisi
Tyler Long ... Joey Anderson

Jodie Foster ... Sister Assumpta
Arthur Bridgers ... Donny Flynn (as Arthur Bridges)
Scott Simpson ... Newsie

Melissa McBride ... Mrs. Doyle

Michael Harding ... Mr. Doyle (as Mike Harding)
Chandler McIntyre ... Naturalist
Jeffrey West ... Professor Sullivan

Yvonne Erickson ... Mrs. Sullivan
Nicky Olson ... Colin Gibbney
Carson Pigott ... Jay Flynn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kelvin O'Bryant ... Craig Dockery (uncredited)
Michele Seidman ... Newsies Girlfriend (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Care 
Writing credits
Chris Fuhrman (book)

Jeff Stockwell (screenplay) and
Michael Petroni (screenplay)

Produced by
Lisa Buono .... associate producer
Pen Densham .... executive producer
Terry Fitzgerald .... animation producer
Jodie Foster .... producer
Tim Harbert .... co-producer
David A. Jones .... executive producer
Graham King .... executive producer
Cheryl La Sasso .... associate producer
Meg LeFauve .... producer
Guy McElwaine .... executive producer
Todd McFarlane .... animation producer
Chrisanne Mitchell .... associate producer
Eric Radomski .... additional animation producer
Jay Shapiro .... producer
Bob Stephenson .... associate producer
John Watson .... executive producer
Michael Wolf .... additional animation producer (as Mike Wolf)
Original Music by
Marco Beltrami 
Cinematography by
Lance Acord 
Film Editing by
Chris Peppe 
Casting by
Craig Fincannon 
Laray Mayfield 
Production Design by
Gideon Ponte 
Art Direction by
Geoffrey S. Grimsman 
Set Decoration by
James Edward Ferrell Jr.  (as James E. Ferrell Jr.)
Costume Design by
Marie France 
Makeup Department
Lynn Barber .... key makeup artist
Darwin Hensley .... makeup artist
Philip Ivey .... key hair stylist (as Philip 'Mr. P' Ivey)
Patricia McAlhany Glasser .... hair stylist
Rick Pour .... makeup artist (as Rick D Pour)
Lee Romaire .... fur transfer technician: XFX
Kristin Ryals .... makeup artist
Lucienne Zammit .... makeup artist: M. Foster
Production Management
Jim Cerrotta .... post-production supervisor: animation
Tim Harbert .... unit production manager
Sean Wimmer .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Judi Bell .... second second assistant director
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director
Michael G. Jefferson .... second assistant director
Gary Jensen .... second unit director
Todd J. Labarowski .... weekly additional second assistant director
Art Department
Kip Bartlett .... on-set dresser
David Alan Bean .... tool man
Sean Bernard .... painter
Jennifer Braverman .... prop assistant
Kenneth Bryant .... set dresser
Adam Cameron .... set dresser
Greg Capullo .... concept art
Richard M. Cole .... propmaker gangboss
Thurston Edwards .... buyer
Tom Fleming .... illustrator
Tom Fleming .... props
Patrick Fuhrman .... lead man
Gary Graham .... storyboard artist
Jeffrey A. Hughes .... set dresser
Stephen C. Peterman .... lead man
Mari Phillips .... greensperson
Vicky Ruane .... artist
Thomas Michael Ryan .... foreman
Jeffrey Schlatter .... construction coordinator
Bennet Silver .... set dresser
Brian Stultz .... scenic chargeman
Gary Damian Thomas .... storyboard artist (as Gary Thomas)
Richard Waldrop .... property master (as Richard 'Petie' Waldrop)
Chris Crowder .... set foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Paul Curtis .... sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Marshall Garlington .... sound
Matt Hedges .... assistant sound editor
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor
Michael Orlowski .... sound effects editor
Michael Payne .... supervising sound editor
Andy Peach .... sound recordist
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound effects editor
Carl Rudisill .... production sound mixer
Martin Schloemer .... sound recordist
Dan Scolnik .... foley cue
Dan Scolnik .... foley editor
Jonathan Sola .... sound effects editor
Scott Solan .... sound utility
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Wareham .... sound editor
Special Effects by
David Hill .... special effects technician
Walter Kiesling .... special effects supervisor
Michael Schorr .... special effects coordinator
Heath Hood .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Adam Howard .... visual effects: Complete Post
Scott McLain .... Inferno artist
Scott McLain .... visual effects editor: animation
Gary Jensen .... stunt coordinator
Jessi Jensen .... stunts
Cal Johnson .... stunt double: Emile Hirsch
Cal Johnson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Adler .... gaffer
Stacy Barnhill .... grip
Jim Bridges .... still photographer
Stephen Brock .... best boy electric
Lynn Dodson .... gaffer
Lynn Dodson .... gaffer: second unit
Mason Donnahoe .... video assist operator
Robert Hoelen .... grip
Chris Jadick .... electrician
Mike Repeta .... first assistant camera: second unit
Christian Satrazemis .... camera loader
Dave Spencer .... grip
Simon Carey .... electrician (uncredited)
Animation Department
Todd McFarlane .... animation sequences
Denis Deegan .... overseas animation director: animated sequences (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Buckley-Moss .... costume ager
Patricia Buckley-Moss .... costumer
Joyce Marling .... key set costumer
Elizabeth Martucci .... costumer (as Elizabeth Anderson)
Rosalida Medina .... assistant to costume designer
Editorial Department
Amy Flint Catherwood .... first assistant editor (as Amy Flint)
Erin Michelle Hopkins .... assistant editor
Janet 'Lime' Leimenstoll .... editor: animation sequence
Mark Needham .... editor: animation sequence
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Jon Rocke .... colorist: dailies
Nick Smith .... assistant editor
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
Location Management
E. Michael Hewett .... location manager: North Carolina and South Carolina
Steve Rhea .... assistant location manager: South Carolina
Geoffrey Ryan .... assistant location manager: North Carolina
Music Department
Pete Anthony .... conductor
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator
John Bissell .... music supervisor
William Boston .... orchestrator (as Bill Boston)
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Tom Hiel .... orchestrator (as Tom Heil)
Joshua Homme .... composer: additional music
Alain Johannes .... music mixer
John Kurlander .... scoring mixer
Tommy Lockett .... music editor
Yvonne McDonald .... music coordinator
Chris McGeary .... music editor
Buck Sanders .... musician: guitar
Ceiri Torjussen .... orchestrator
Ken Watson .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Steve Boyd .... transportation coordinator
Neil Castles Jr. .... driver
Other crew
Clyde D. Baisey .... medic
Bianca Bezdek-Goodloe .... legal services
Chamonix Bosch .... key set production assistant
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator
Scott Clum .... opening titles
Tona B. Dahlquist .... project manager: South Carolina Film Office
MacAulay Flynt .... production assistant
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Barbara Efthymiou Harris .... office production assistant
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Lorielle Mallue .... assistant: Meg LeFauve (as Lorielle Evelyn Mallue)
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Matt Morris .... production assistant
Matthew H. Morris .... production assistant (as Mathew H. Morris)
Erin O'Donnell .... assistant to actor
Noelle M. Pflum .... assistant to producers
Shannon Rippy .... production coordinator
Adam Royer .... opening titles
Buck Sanders .... synthesizer preparation
Ray Simm .... unit publicist
Patricia Story .... unit publicist
Kelly R. Tenney .... assistant production coordinator
Cara White .... unit publicist
Pamela Williamson .... first assistant accountant

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Also Known As:
"Innocent Boys" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for language, sexual content and youth substance use
104 min | Argentina:105 min
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Did You Know?

Reunites Jena Malone with Jodie Foster after Contact (1997), where both played the younger and older version of Ellie Arroway.See more »
Continuity: In the scene where Donnie is fighting Francis, it is clearly visible that it is in fact Francis. But when it zooms in on Donnie punching Francis, it is someone else. This boy has blonde hair instead of black hair. Than as the boy rolls over, you can clearly tell that it is Francis and his hair is back to it's normal color.See more »
[first lines]
Francis Doyle:Tell me again why we're doing this.
Tim:Homework, Francis. Your future's built on it.
Francis Doyle:[whispered] Right.
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13 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Really disappointing, 27 September 2004
Author: FilmOtaku ( from Milwaukee, WI

'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys', directed by Peter Case, is a coming of age story about two boys, Francis (Emile Hirsch) Tim (Kieran Culkin) who supplement their boredom at Catholic school and their home lives by playing pranks and working on their own comic book. Their main nemesis in life, who they turn into the villain in their book, is their teacher, Sister Assumpta. (Jodie Foster)

I wish that I could add more to the synopsis, but there's not a lot more to tell. The film centers around the hijinks of these characters, then tries to throw in some character development that generally go absolutely nowhere.

Most of the film is spent planning a prank on the Sister that goes awry, but after awhile it becomes so boring that when the climax of the film arrived I didn't remotely care. 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys' has been praised for its creativity and the mixed genres, (the film turns into a Todd McFarlane produced form of anime at times) but even these moments were just plain boring. Jodie Foster, as always, is wonderful in the film, but despite the fact that she is supposedly the evil nemesis, she has an aggregate screen time of perhaps ten minutes, so there wasn't enough of her to truly enjoy.

Generally, films that deal with topics such as incest, ghosts, and untamed youth are at least thought-provoking, but 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys' didn't provoke anything in me but boredom. 'Coming of age' films have been done many times before, but they can still be effective if done well. (See a film as recent as 'The Virgin Suicides') Unfortunately 'The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys' doesn't come remotely close to approaching effective, or well done. I expected more out of a Jodie Foster production and am disappointed I didn't get even an average film.


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