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December Boys (2007)

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One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

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Bandy
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Teresa
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Narrator / Adult Misty
Kris McQuade ...
Mrs. McAnsh
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Shellback
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Father Scully
Paul Blackwell ...
Watson
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Reverend Mother
Carmel Johnson ...
Sister Beatrice
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Storyline

An adult nicknamed Misty is narrating a story about one summer in his life when he was an adolescent in the late 1960s. He was living in a Catholic orphanage in the Australian outback. His best mates were the "December boys" - Maps, Spark and Spit - the four of them so named because they were the boys in the orphanage born in the month of December. With a recent windfall, the orphanage decided to give each of the boys a group vacation for each of their birthdays, the December boys the first to go. Their vacation was to Lady Star Cove on the Australian coast, to stay at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. McAnsh - Bandy and "Skipper". Their relatively carefree Christmas vacation took a turn primarily from three events: learning the reason the McAnshes hosted the boys specifically at this time; Maps, the oldest in his mid-teens, exploring his sexuality with a girl named Lucy, who was also visiting Lady Star Cove for the summer; and Misty secretly learning that a young couple in the cove, Fearless... Written by Huggo

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After that summer nothing would ever be the same again.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity, underage drinking and smoking | See all certifications »

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20 September 2007 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Un verano para toda la vida  »

Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,810 (USA) (14 September 2007)

Gross:

$46,474 (USA) (28 September 2007)
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Trivia

Freddie Highmore (age 13 when the feature was filmed) was originally set to star. His agent and mother also represents Daniel Radcliffe (age 16 during filming) which is how Daniel came on board; Freddie had to pull out because his grandmother became sick and he couldn't leave England to film in Australia. See more »

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In the feature, the boy portrayed by Christian Byers is sometimes called "Spark" (07:09 by Reverend Mother, 05:20 by adult Misty, 15:55 and 20:33 by Spit) and sometimes called "Sparks" (03:33 by Maps, 19:51 by Misty), with the DVD captions spelling it however the actors say it. At 09:05, where their nicknames have been scrawled in dust on the tailgate of the vehicle, it is spelled "Spark". In the End Credits (01:41:18 to 01:41:25), it is spelled "Sparks". In the novel 'December Boys' on which the screenplay is based, one of five "December Boys" is named "Spark". See more »

Quotes

Maps: Just remember Misty, no matter what, you're still a December boy.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 6 October 2007 (2007) See more »

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Have You Ever Seen The Rain
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Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
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A gentle story, well told with stunning Australian scenery.
17 September 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie from beginning to end. It was a wonderful story of growing up and as the memories are long distant everything seems so much more magical and larger than life. As it really does when we are adults looking back at our childhood. I thought the acting was excellent and it was very well cast. Daniel Radcliffe plays a very subdued character far removed from HARRY POTTER and shows that he has the talent to continue in the business as an adult. The other 3 boys are good finds and I am sure we will see more of them in the future. While there is only a small cast, each one has a strong role and Mr & Mrs McAnsh are truly memorable. Kangaroo Island is absolutely stunning and from the dusty outback to the crystal clear coast, the visual splendour is a feast for the eyes. Don't expect a special effects blockbuster, just enjoy the journey of a lovely story!


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