The Golden Boys (2008)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  16 November 2008 (USA)
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A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Jeremiah Burgess
Capt. Perez Ryder
Martha Snow
John Bartlett
Ralph Hazeltine
Elisabeth Preston
Melissa Busteed (as Angelica Torn)
Web Saunders
Melodeon Player
Stephen Russell ...
Luther Norris
Squealer Wixon
Bluey Bachelder
Miles Herter ...
Dr. Palmer
Jonathan Edwards ...
Rev. Perley


A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage.

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Three Salty Dogs Seek One Spicy Kitten


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG for mild language and smoking | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

16 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chatham  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,366 (USA) (17 April 2009)


$184,149 (USA) (7 August 2009)

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1.78 : 1
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Peter Boyle was originally cast, but he died before shooting began. See more »


Modern crossing signal and related equipment appear in long shot when three main characters are running down the tracks. See more »

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Fails to re-create 1905
22 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hate to rain on the Cape Cod parade, but this film was unsatisfying. I don't know if it was the budget or incompetence, but the film just never felt like it was set in 1905. Somehow I don't think 70 year olds in 1905 had perfect teeth, but that's just one small thing. Mariel Hemingway was either miscast or awful. She was too young (47) and her accent was inconsistent and all over the U.S. One moment it was refined New England, and then it might be small town hick. Rip Torn's character, frozen in one facial expression the entire movie, made no sense. Even after two disastrous marriages, what 70 y.o. man is going to turn down 47 y.o. Mariel Hemingway? The ship wreck and rescue were just amateur film making, or maybe budget problems.

What was most frustrating was the writer seemed to leave so many opportunities on the table. I think ultimately they couldn't decide between romance and comedy, so did neither well. Was it going to be "Grumpy Old Men" or "On Golden Pond"?

Despite it's failings, the film has a bit of charm. If you are really good at suspending disbelief, you may find it reasonably entertaining.

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