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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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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Chris Fuhrman (book)
Jeff Stockwell (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
17 May 2002 (Germany) See more »
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One of the most inventive, funny coming-of-age films in years! See more »
Plot:
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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Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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 Thomas .... storyboard artist
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
 
Stunts
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
Simon Carey .... electrician
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
 
Animation Department
Todd McFarlane .... animation sequences
 
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
Nick Smith .... assistant editor
Melissa Wegman .... Bond Co. Post Superviser
 
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
Chamonix Bosch .... key set production assistant
Richard Bronskill .... auricle operator
Scott Clum .... opening titles
Tona B. Dahlquist .... project manager: South Carolina Film Office
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Barbara Efthymiou Harris .... office production assistant
E. Michael Hewett .... location manager: North Carolina and South Carolina
Robert Labrecque .... production accountant
Lorielle Evelyn Mallue .... assistant: Meg LeFauve
Ken Meyer .... legal services
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Mathew H. Morris .... production assistant
Matt Morris .... production assistant
Erin O'Donnell .... assistant to actor
Noelle M. Pflum .... assistant to producers
Steve Rhea .... assistant location manager: South Carolina
Shannon Rippy .... production coordinator
Adam Royer .... opening titles
Geoffrey Ryan .... assistant location manager: North Carolina
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Innocent Boys" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, sexual content and youth substance use
Runtime:
104 min | Argentina:105 min
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Trivia:
Chris Fuhrman died of cancer before completing the final draft of the book. The movie is dedicated to him at the beginning of the final credits.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Sister Assumpta's Irish accent disappears.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Do It For the OthersSee more »

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36 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Totally great, 18 July 2004
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys is kind of like a cross between The Virgin Suicides and Stand By Me. Set in the 70's (featuring many cool 70's haircuts) in small town Georgia, the story focuses on Francis, a 14-year-old dreamer and troublemaker. He and his pals, Tim, Wade, and Joey cope with life under the oppressive rule of one-legged nun Sister Assumpta (Jodie Foster) at the Puritan Christian high school they're unfortunate enough to attend.

One of their methods of escape is the 'The Atomic Trinity' comic book. Each of them have their own character with superpowers (such as The Muscle, Captain Asskicker and Skeleton Boy), battling against the tyrannical regime of Nunzilla/Pegleg (a gross caricature of Sister Assumpta). These fantasy stories make up the terrific animated sequences of the film. The cool thing is that they are not so totally removed from the reality of Francis, Tim, Wade and Joey.

The boys soon find their way into a lot of trouble though. After stealing the school's nun statue mascot the quartet plan to steal a cougar from the zoo and put in Sister Assumpta's office. A mad plan yes, but their determination and invention behind it is very clever.

Some scenes of the film are very emotional, so if you have soft spot you'll find it tough to get through the scene where Tim finds a dying dog by the side of the road or Francis reading a poem at the funeral.

Francis' relationship with Margie (the very cute Jenna Malone) also takes many curious and unique turns. The scene with the ghost watching them sleep was pleasingly weird.

Taken from the one and only book (posthumously) by Chris Fuhrman (a book I must get as soon as I see), The Dangerous Lives of Alter Boys is attractively shot, wonderfully acted and definitely worth getting.

The DVD is in 1.85:1 widescreen (strangely non-anamorphic, though the region 2 version is) with Dolby 5.1 sound and a mild bunch of extras.

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