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Dream Boy (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  11 December 2008 (Germany)
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Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s.



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Complete credited cast:
Nathan Davies
Harland Davies
Vivian Davies
Preacher John
Roy (as Max Roeg)
Owen Beckman ...
Evelyn (as Tricia Mara)
Rickie Lee Jones ...
Roy's Mother
Nick Ericson ...
Brother Will


Shy and withdrawn, Nathan (played by Stephan Bender) is new to his school, unusually smart (a grade ahead) and the silent tension at home nearly unbearable. Mom, Dad, and Nathan have moved constantly, town after town, landing, inexplicably, in god-fearing "St. Francesville". Roy (played by the multi-talented Max Roeg), a year older than Nathan, confident and hard-working, drives the bus to their school while a friendship blooms between them into a relationship that is fraught with confusion and yearning. But secrets pick at the relationship, the unspoken rules of their angst-driven interactions unravel as Nathan's world again comes crashing inwards. Tension crescendos as shame and terror, stress and disaster all compete to immobilize and destroy both of their worlds. Written by Christopher Panoply

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, and some violence including a rape - involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Kluk snu  »

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Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,243 (USA) (26 March 2010)


$6,319 (USA) (25 June 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script was written three years before production began. See more »


The story is set in the 1970s, but the car shown in the opening scenes is a Buick Roadmaster station wagon, which was produced from 1991 to 1996. Also, the refrigerator shown is a modern model, not one from the 70s. See more »


On This Land (Feathers Keep Falling)
Written by Jesse Sykes
Performed by Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
with Micah Hulscher on piano and Eric Eagle on drums
Recorded by Phil Wandscher
Additional recording and production by Randall Dunn at Aleph
Mixed by Randall Dunn
Published by Spooky American Music (BMI) administered by Bug
Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter appears courtesy of Barsuk Records
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Powerful and underrated film
16 February 2010 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I began watching the film with mild interest and very quickly was drawn into the quiet intensity of the film. One must avoid any discussion of specific plot elements, which would ultimately spoil the experience of the film. It is NOT as some have called it, a "Brokeback Mountain" about teenagers. It is different. It is unique. It is beautiful photographed, sensitively told and atmospheric. I was especially impressed with the performances of Stephan Bender as Nathan and Max Roeg as Roy. While I had no idea what the exact outcome of the film would be, there is a "foreboding" that overshadows the entire story; You get clues along the way that "something is wrong." But the final 20 minutes or so will probably really surprise you. There is much more going on here that can be easily summarized in a user review or with a catch line that describes the plot's formula. I think it's the type of film that will provoke a great deal of discussion and it deserved to be released on DVD.

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