IMDb > Of Boys and Men (2008)

Of Boys and Men (2008) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 2 | slideshow) Videos
Of Boys and Men -- When tragedy strikes suddenly, the Cole family is forced to cope with overwhelming grief on top of life's everyday challenges.


User Rating:
6.3/10   109 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Michelle Amor (writer)
View company contact information for Of Boys and Men on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
2008 (USA) See more »
Robert Townsend stars as the patriarch of a family devastated when his wife is killed in a senseless auto accident. Reeling with grief, each family member must find courage and vision to carry on, ultimately eager to do the mother proud. | Full synopsis »
An Afternoon with Reel Women
 (From ShadowAndAct. 24 October 2010, 4:44 PM, PDT)

User Reviews:
"OF BOYS AND MEN" – It's Hard To Lose a Family Member = See more (1 total) »


  (in credits order)

Robert Townsend ... Holden Cole

Angela Bassett ... Rieta Cole

Victoria Rowell ... Aunt Janay

Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Little D
Scott Baity Jr. ... Deshon
Vince Green ... Terrell
Ja'mal Green ... Trevon
Sharde Cole ... Mikayla
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dante Boens ... Z
Hashim Brown ... Wood
Eugene Bush ... Family Member
Will Clinger ... Lawyer 4
George de Lama ... Coach

William Dick ... Lawyer 2
Kevin Michael Doyle ... Police Officer
Sam Dyer ... Lawyer 6
Kendall Gill ... Coach
Peter Goldsmith ... Detective #2
Llou Johnson ... Lawyer 1
Kevin R. Kelly ... Tom Stallworth (as Kevin Kelly)
Herb Kent ... Herb Kent

Dori King ... Teacher

Faizon Love ... Roman
Dan McGrath ... Coach

Cynthia Kaye McWilliams ... Jori
Maisha Parsons ... Lateesha
Taron Patton ... Lawyer 3
Tony Scufield ... Referee
Martin Shannon ... Lawyer 5
Bridgette Shorter ... Mikayala's Mother
Brian 'Da Wildcat' Smith ... Clayvon (as Brian Smith)
Ria Snow ... Basketball Patron
Yahaira Tarr ... Ariel
Norm Van Lier ... Coach
Dan Waller ... Detective
Joe Yau ... Lawyer 7

Will Zahrn ... Medical Examiner

Directed by
Carl Seaton 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michelle Amor  writer

Produced by
Shebeta Carter .... executive producer
Carrie Holt de Lama .... line producer
Maisha Parsons .... executive producer
Pemon Rami .... producer
Robert Townsend .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen James Taylor 
Cinematography by
Joe 'Jody' Williams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Katina Zinner 
Casting by
Sharon D. King 
Production Design by
Adri Siriwatt 
Costume Design by
Michael Alan Stein 
Makeup Department
John JayBee Bivins .... barber and consultant (as John H. Bivins III)
Georgia Jacobs .... additional makeup artist
Zsofia Otvos .... makeup department head
Rukey Styles .... key hair stylist
Victoria Weston .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Carrie Holt de Lama .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Forrest L. Futrell .... assistant director
Stefanie Moore .... second assistant director
W. Michael Phillips .... assistant director
Art Department
MeSun Barnett .... assistant to production designer
Sheridan Bates .... art intern
Kyle Holden .... property master
Sound Department
Mike McGrath .... boom operator
Bartek Swiatek .... sound editor
Drew Weir .... sound re-recording mixer
Drew Weir .... supervising sound editor
Jay Fisher .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Michael Matusek .... digital colorist
Bobby Stuart .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Jason Bonner .... second assistant camera
Eugene Bush .... assistant gaffer
Bill Coleman .... dolly grip
Jaime Dawkins .... technocrane technician
Zachary Gannaway .... first assistant camera
Robert B. Henning .... camera operator
Robert B. Henning .... jib operator
Carl Herse .... additional electrician
Brett Knott .... additional second assistant camera
Jeremy Long .... best boy electric
Kevin Pittman .... electrician
Keith Pokorski .... first assistant camera
Sunni-Ali Powell .... additional grip
Addae Shelby .... key grip
Jeff Tomcho .... first assistant camera
Jerry Tran .... gaffer
Brian Wells .... second assistant camera
Chris Wittenborn .... first assistant camera
Terry Zumalt .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Zon M. Pickens-Dumas .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dori King .... wardrobe assistant
Emma Potter .... costume supervisor
Karla Strum .... set costumer
Location Management
Liz Goldsmith .... location manager
Other crew
Assata Amoaku .... craft service
Michele Gardner Bitoy .... assistant to producer
Ricardo Candia Jr. .... production assistant
Elliott Eisman .... production assistant
Stephanie Graham .... production assistant
Valerie Holloway .... office manager
Angela Kates .... production assistant
Angela McGee .... production coordinator
Masequa Myers .... film training director
Moneca S. Reid .... assistant: Carl Seaton
Jamie Rush .... production assistant
Mary Tallman .... script supervisor
Howard Watkins III .... production intern
Greg Williams .... production assistant
Ryan Young .... production assistant


Additional Details

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief drug use
USA:90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:PG | USA:PG-13 (certificate #46466)


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
"OF BOYS AND MEN" – It's Hard To Lose a Family Member =, 28 February 2009
Author: Jim Chudnow from Chicago, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The Chicago Int'l Film festival has started a monthly series of free films being shown at Chicago's Cultural Center. This was the first in the series, representing the Black Perspectives section of the Festival which (per the impetus of Spike Lee) has been going on for more than 10 years. In 2004, ROBERT TOWNSEND was honored by the Festival (along with "Big Mama" IRMA P. HALL and HARRY LENNIX). Townsend stars (and produces) in this film shown at last year's Fest. ANGELA BASSETT (seen with Irma in Tyler Perry's "MEET THE BROWNS") plays his wife, VICTORIA ROWELL plays his sister, and there are some quite good performances by them & kids in the film (including BOBB'E J. THOMPSON, DANTE BOENS, SCOTT BAITY JR., & VINCE GREEN). There's a fine "FAMILY" spirit and warmth to the realistic film as the characters have to cope with the sudden loss of one of the family members, an event that starts great strains between many of the characters. Will the boys start to really GROW as they need to? It's a surprisingly effective little film filmed on the West Side of Chicago (including at the Garfield Park field-house, where you can see a cameo by ex-Bull Norm Van Lier who passed away just last week).

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (1 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Of Boys and Men (2008)


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Rabbit Hole Gone with the Wind A Single Man Grace Is Gone 21 Grams
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.