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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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Writers:
James Bolton (writer)
Jim Grimsley (novel)
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Release Date:
11 December 2008 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s. | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Reality and Dreams and Where They Intersect See more (24 total) »

Cast

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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)
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)
 
Thanks
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
Runtime:
Germany:90 min (Berlin International Film Festival) | USA:88 min
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Trivia:
The script was written three years before production began.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Reality and Dreams and Where They Intersect, 27 August 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

Back in 1995 Jim Grimsley published DREAM BOY, the second novel of his continuing examination of the coming of age in the South and followed by the equally popular COMFORT AND JOY, BOULEVARD, FORGIVENESS, MY DROWNING etc. It took many years of for James Bolton ('Eban & Charley', 'The Graffiti Artist') to decide to adapt this story to the screen, and while Bolton elected to replace much of the lyricism of Grimsley's prose with extended periods of non-verbal communication in the screenplay, the story of two high school kids coming to grips with a mutual attraction in the dank repressive aura of the South manages to still come through intact.

Nathan (Stephen Bender) is a quiet, reclusive sophomore in high school who is settling in to yet another move by his alcoholic, Bible-pounding, abusive father (Thomas Jay Ryan) and his sympathetic mother (Diana Scarwid). Next door lives handsome jock Roy (Maximillian Roeg) who befriends Nathan, shares homework, and when he is not with his girlfriend, offers Nathan rides in the school bus he drives. Exchanges of glances and the growth of mutual attraction between the boys lead to a very private but sincere physical relationship: Nathan does not share with Roy that he has suffered sexual abuse from his father. Roy and his buddies - Burke (a very promising Randy Wayne) and Randy (Owen Beckman) - begin to join the boys on swimming gigs and finally a camping trip that includes visitation of an old deserted and possibly haunted plantation house. What happens in this mysterious place provides the climax of the story - a brutal surprise ending that then transports the film into another dimension - a region the viewer must decide is satisfying or not.

There are some fine moments in this little low budget movie and the presence of Maximillian Roeg, Diana Scarwid, and Randy Wayne lifts the cast to a higher level of competence. Whether or not the viewer is willing to go along with the ending will make the vote for or against the film. Bolton does have a fine touch with stories about the coming out of young men in his films and his ability to capture the Gothic atmosphere of the South is solid.

Grady Harp

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