December Boys (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 September 2007 (Australia)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Byers ...
Narrator / Adult Misty
Kris McQuade ...
Mrs. McAnsh
Ralph Cotterill ...
Frank Gallacher ...
Father Scully
Paul Blackwell ...
Judi Farr ...
Reverend Mother
Carmel Johnson ...
Sister Beatrice


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.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 September 2007 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Un verano para toda la vida  »

Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The birthmark on the lower left side of Maps' chest can be seen (at around 15 mins). It is described as "shaped like Tasmania" (at around 20 mins). See more »


In this film, set in what appeared to be the 1950s, a Triumph motorcycle appeared with disc brakes. No mass-produced motorcycle had disc brakes until the 1969 Hondas and they never appeared on Triumph models until the 21st century. See more »


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

Tender story beautifully filmed and acted
3 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

To Jlin from the Emerald Isle .. methinks you had a little too much of the Hard Stuff ;-)

Whats it like to be an Orphan in the days of narrow mindedness and strange moral beliefs that were taught then ... this film portrays this well.

Excellent Cinema Photography and composition with some excellent stills and excellent script too with some pot shots at the ridiculous order that Nuns were and are today :( with their strange methods at handling Orphans not to mention their narrow minded beliefs.

The acting by the 4 orphan boys was very convincing as was the portrayal of how young boys behave like smoking after lights out in bed, or how the awareness of the opposite sex awakened their senses.

The orphans were the stars without a doubt the other adults competent enough Jack Thomson was somewhat wooden in his role.

To sum up an enjoyable film devoid of any nasties ... not a masterpiece by any means though.

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