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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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Narrator / Adult Misty
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Mrs. McAnsh
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Watson
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Reverend Mother
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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)  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$46,474 (USA) (28 September 2007)
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The orphanage's "December Boys" are so called because they comprise the orphans who celebrate their birthdays in December. See more »

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Although the film is apparently set in the 1950s or early 1960s at most, the record Maps finds in the cave features Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky", released in 1969. Later, when Maps and Lucy listen to another record, the song played is Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop the Rain?", released in 1970. See more »

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Great Movie
17 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My husband and I loved this movie. Finally a movie where you actually care about the characters.

The acting is marvelous, the story is touching and the scenery is magnificent. Not only does every actor in the movie look their part, they are believable for a change. As the movie progresses, it's like you've been invited along on the trip to the cove with these four young orphans to see how they deal with the hand they're dealt.

The people they meet during their holiday by sea are exactly what you'd expect. Regular folks with real life emotions, dreams and problems.

This was a bold movie by Hollywood's standards. No car chases, explosions, swearing or ego-feeding in this movie. Just great entertainment.

For people out there who love good movies; go see this one. It's made the way movies ought to be. Good story, smart dialogue and a believable representation of the subject matter. We loved it! Great Entertainment. Four thumbs up!


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