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Dream Boy -- Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late 70's.


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Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Stephan Bender ... Nathan Davies

Thomas Jay Ryan ... Harland Davies

Diana Scarwid ... Vivian Davies

Tom Gilroy ... Preacher John

Maximillian Roeg ... Roy (as Max Roeg)

Randy Wayne ... Burke
Owen Beckman ... Randy

Rooney Mara ... Evelyn (as Tricia Mara)
Rickie Lee Jones ... Roy's Mother
Nick Ericson ... Brother Will
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michele Adams ... Mother of Three Kids (uncredited)
Robin Blanchard ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)
Sean M. Blanchard ... Student (uncredited)
Jaci LeJeune ... Student (uncredited)
Elizabeth Lynch ... Church Goer (uncredited)
Bridget Nichols ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)
Seth Nichols ... Boy in Church (uncredited)
Zach Nichols ... Student (uncredited)
Cindy Williamson ... Mrs. Niece (uncredited)

Directed by
James Bolton 
Writing credits
James Bolton (writer)

Jim Grimsley (novel)

Produced by
James Bolton .... producer
William Dosé .... associate producer
James Garbus .... executive producer
Herb Hamsher .... producer
Robert Kroupa .... executive producer
Terry Leonard .... co-producer
Katie Mustard .... co-producer
Katie Mustard .... line producer
Original Music by
Richard Buckner (original music composed by)
Cinematography by
Sarah Levy 
Film Editing by
Annette Davey 
Chris Houghton 
Casting by
Natasha Cuba 
Production Design by
James A. Gelarden 
Set Decoration by
Luci Leary  (as Lucy Leary)
Costume Design by
Ann Walters 
Makeup Department
Samantha M. Capps .... key make-up (as Samantha Capps)
Kent Richard .... key hair
Marcos Gonzales .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Kathy Chambless Oliver .... unit production manager (as Kathy Chambless)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sean Lunski .... second assistant director
Patrick McMahill .... second second assistant director
Caroline O'Brien .... first assistant director
Art Department
Hunter Carter .... art production assistant
Andrew Klaus .... art production assistant (as Andy Klaus)
Daniel Lachman .... art production assistant
Noel Rideout .... art department swing
Rob Sawyer .... property master
Stephen Turner .... set dresser
Taylor Vineyard .... art production assistant
Taylor Vineyard .... storyboard artist
Andrew Klaus .... picture car coordinator (uncredited)
Ty Landry .... swing (uncredited)
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound mixer
Gonzalo Espinoza .... adr engineer: Los Angeles
Michael Frohberg .... boom operator
Eric Gitelson .... adr engineer: New York
Erik H. Magnus .... production sound mixer (as Erik Magnus)
John Northcraft .... sound designer
John Marshall Smith .... score mixer
Eric Vierhaus .... dolby sound consultant
Steven Huerstel .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Neal Bryant .... loader
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Andy Clapp .... gaffer
Chad Corey .... still photographer
David Harmon .... additional electric
Penelope Helmer .... second assistant camera (as Penny Helmer)
Daniel H. Jacobs .... additional electric (as Dan Jacobs)
Nick Leon .... key grip
Ian Lynch .... first assistant camera
Jonathan Meyer .... first assistant camera
Jerome Miller Jr. .... additional electric
Joseph Paolucci Jr. .... best boy electric (as Joe Paolucci)
Luke Smalley .... still photographer
Katie Stafford .... grip
Don Wegner .... best boy grip
Robb W. Turner .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joanne Bloom .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ashley Martin .... on-set costumer
Editorial Department
Saul Escobedo .... color timer
Gunnar McGrew .... assistant editor
Kristen Trattner .... digital intermediate color corrector
Chris Weber .... negative cutter
Gary Weber .... negative cutter
Frank Pass .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
James Bolton .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
David Genthner .... driver (as Davis 'Doc' Genthner)
Marcus Kelley .... transportation captain
Ty Landry .... driver
Shawn Ramagos .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Derek Bourque .... production accountant
Chris Browne .... craft service manager
Michael Davie .... set production assistant
Robert M. Donaldson .... craft service manager (as Robert Donaldson)
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services
Jessica Nicole Higgins .... intern (as Jessica Higgins)
Sharon Holeman .... set production assistant
Kevin Lorio .... set production assistant
R. James Mann .... set production assistant (as Russell James Mann)
Kevin Meier .... set production assistant
Kathleen Messmer .... script supervisor
Angela Mitchell .... set production assistant
Christopher Negron .... assistant to director
Win Riley .... location scout
Laura Rosaly .... production coordinator (as Laura J. Rosaly)
Claire Schexnayder .... set production assistant
Michael Edward Smith .... location manager (as Michael Smith)
Nick Trivundza .... end credits
Edgar Velez .... assistant to producers
Sam Reinis .... script supervisor (uncredited)
John David Allen .... special thanks
Ruben Bansie .... special thanks (as Ruben Bansie-Snellman)
Adam Baran .... special thanks
Terry Harmonica Bean .... special thanks (as Terry Bean)
Christopher S. Bender .... special thanks (as Chris Bender)
Melissa Bylsma .... special thanks
Anne Clements .... special thanks
Tom DeSanto .... special thanks
Corey Eubanks .... special thanks
Pepper Fajans .... special thanks
Patty Griffin .... special thanks
Ric Halpern .... special thanks
Amy Hobby .... special thanks
Gill Holland .... special thanks
Judy Irola .... special thanks
David Kitchens .... special thanks
Mari Kornhauser .... special thanks (as Professor Mari Kornhauser)
Allan Mindel .... special thanks
John Cameron Mitchell .... special thanks
Craig Ross .... special thanks
Nicholas Schenck .... special thanks
Heidi Snellman .... special thanks
Jesse Sykes .... special thanks
Todd Verow .... special thanks
Victoria Williams .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexual content, and some violence including a rape - involving teens
Germany:90 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | USA:88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The script was written three years before production began.See more »
Factual errors: When Nathan meets Roy's mother, she asks if he goes to the Baptist church. Nathan says yes. But when Nathan is seen in church with his family and the preacher reads about Judas's betrayal, there is a large crucifix on the church wall. A second large crucifix is seen on the wall in Nathan's bedroom. Baptist doctrine denounces the use of crucifixes, and no Louisiana Baptist of the 1970s would have one in either their church or home. They are, however, quite common in Roman Catholic churches and homes in Louisiana.See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Near perfect depiction of young, inarticulate love, 18 September 2011
Author: timothyjasonarnold from United States

People watch movies for different reasons. Some people like an elaborate, fast-paced plot. Others enjoy the visual and audio experience. I am the kind of movie watcher who enjoys a well executed and consistent tone and mood. In "Dream Boy," the mood is both melancholy and sweet and there is a constant, if not always apparent, hint of anxiety and apprehension that builds throughout the movie. Capturing a mood is very difficult, and it relies on a number of factors including acting, cinematography, and music. While the acting of the supporting cast in "Dream Boy" can be somewhat inconsistent, the acting of the two main characters, Roy (Max Roeg) and Nathan (Stephan Bender), is very strong. I was particularly impressed with Bender whose performance reminds me of Gabourey Sidibe in "Precious." While it is true that the awkward, inarticulate teenager is well-trod territory in gay cinema, I've never seen the role acted so flawlessly. I was completely convinced that Bender was Nathan. Here we have a rare example of the kind of role that doesn't seem "acted" at all; it's as if Bender embodies the character. Sadly, I think actors with roles that are over-the-top, histrionic, and melodramatic often get the most praise, but it seems equally if not more difficult to portray a shy, introverted character, and the actors who really nail these roles often don't get the recognition they deserve (re: Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain). I've read some criticism that Bender's performance was "wooden," and it strikes me that if you were not an awkward, inarticulate teenager you might not be able to identify with the performance, but if you were the kind of kid who stayed inside most of the day you will probably find the portrayal of your former self incredibly accurate and moving.

There is a lot of attention paid to subtle, non-verbal forms of communication - glances, stares, half-smiles, physical contact - all of which create a much more realistic depiction of young, gay love than the more chatty gay coming-of-age movies that I'm used to seeing. All of that being said, I understand the disappointment with the ambiguous denouement, but plots are relatively tangential for me. If the actors and director manage to depict a convincing mood, then that is all I need to be satisfied, and they have certainly done that with "Dream Boy."

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