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December Boys (2007)

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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Teresa
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Narrator / Adult Misty
Kris McQuade ...
Mrs. McAnsh
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Shellback
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Father Scully
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Watson
Judi Farr ...
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

Shia LaBeouf was considered for the lead role, but his scheduling conflicted with Disturbia (2007) and Transformers (2007). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Spirit in the Sky
Written and performed by Norman Greenbaum
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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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