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Boyhood -- Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a ground-breaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the centre is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.
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Boyhood -- Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood is a ground-breaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family. At the centre is Mason, who with his sister Samantha, is taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood.
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12 years in the making
The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ellar Coltrane ... Mason

Patricia Arquette ... Mom

Ethan Hawke ... Dad
Elijah Smith ... Tommy

Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha

Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross ... Teacher

Libby Villari ... Grandma

Marco Perella ... Professor Bill Welbrock

Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal ... Randy

Shane Graham ... Neighborhood Friend #1

Tess Allen ... Neighborhood Friend #2
Ryan Power ... Paul
Sharee Fowler ... Book Trivia Judge
Mark Finn ... Book Release Emcee
Charlie Sexton ... Jimmy
Byron Jenkins ... Barber
Holly Moore ... Mason's 4th Grade Teacher

David Blackwell ... Liquor Store Clerk

Barbara Chisholm ... Carol
Matthew Martinez-Arndt ... Lee

Cassidy Johnson ... Abby
Cambell Westmoreland ... Kenny

Jennifer Griffin ... Mrs. Darby
Garry Peters ... No Obama Man
Merrilee McCommas ... Obama Mama
Tamara Jolaine ... Tammy

Jordan Howard ... Tony

Andrew Bunten ... Bully 1

Tyler Strother ... Bully 2

Evie Thompson ... Jill

Brad Hawkins ... Jim

Savannah Welch ... College Girl Singer
Mika Odom ... Gabi
Sinjin Venegas ... Chase

Nick Krause ... Charlie

Derek Chase Hickey ... Charlie's Friend (as Derek Chase)

Angela Rawna ... Professor Douglas

Megan Devine ... Make Out Girl

Jenni Tooley ... Annie
Landon Collier ... Cooper
Roland Ruiz ... Enrique

Richard Andrew Jones ... Grandpa Cliff (as Richard Jones)
Karen Jones ... Nana
Gordon Friday ... Pastor

Tom McTigue ... Mr. Turlington

Sam Dillon ... Nick
Martel Summers ... Beer Pong Guy
David Clark ... High School Band Singer

Zoe Graham ... Sheena
Jessie Tilton ... April

Richard Robichaux ... Mason's Boss
Will Harris ... Sam's College Boyfriend
Indica Shaw ... Hooper
Bruce Salmon ... Guitar Player
Wayne Sutton ... Beat Box
Joe Sundell ... Band Member 1
Sean Tracey ... Band Member 2
Ben Hodges ... Band Member 3
Daniel Zeh ... Band Member 4

Chris Doubek ... Guy in Diner

Andrea Chen ... Sam's Roommate

Mona Lee Fultz ... High School Teacher (as Mona Lee)
Bill Wise ... Uncle Steve
Alina Linklater ... Twin Cousin 1
Charlotte Linklater ... Twin Cousin 2
Genevieve Kinney ... Woman at Party
Elijah Ford ... Jimmy's Bandmate 1
Kyle Crusham ... Jimmy's Bandmate 2
Conrad Choucroun ... Jimmy's Bandmate 3
Maximillian McNamara ... Dalton

Taylor Weaver ... Barb

Jessi Mechler ... Nicole
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl
Virginia Allee ... Patron in Restaurant (uncredited)
Greg Baglia ... Additional Voices (uncredited)

Jonathan Bell ... Kitchen Worker (uncredited)

Deanna Brochin ... College Student (uncredited)
Lise' Creed ... Queso Waitress (uncredited)
Maria Engler ... Waiter (uncredited)

Kaitlyn King ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)

Stephen Latham ... Late Night Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Heather Materne ... Parent (uncredited)
Garin Sparks ... Friendly Bouncer (uncredited)
Corey Terrell ... Student (uncredited)

Johnny Walter ... Dinner Guest (uncredited)

Natalie Wilemon ... College Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Linklater 
Writing credits
Richard Linklater (written by)

Produced by
Sandra Adair .... co-producer
Caroline Kaplan .... associate producer
Richard Linklater .... producer
Kirsten McMurray .... co-producer
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... co-producer
Jonathan Sehring .... producer
John Sloss .... producer
Cathleen Sutherland .... producer
Anne Walker-McBay .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel 
Shane F. Kelly 
Film Editing by
Sandra Adair 
Production Design by
Rodney Becker 
Gay Studebaker 
Set Decoration by
Melanie Ferguson 
Costume Design by
Kari Perkins 
Makeup Department
Darylin Nagy .... makeup department head
Production Management
Cathleen Sutherland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kayse Goodell .... second assistant director
Jeff Guerrero .... second assistant director
Jeff Guerrero .... second second assistant director
Vincent Palmo Jr. .... first assistant director
Derek Franzese .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Chia Berry .... art assistant
Stanford Gilbert .... property master (Years 1 & 2)
Ellen Lampl .... graphic designer
Matt Miller .... set dresser
Andrew Schwartz .... set dresser
Stephanie Seeley .... art assistant
Aaron Statler .... leadman
Wayne Sutton .... set dresser
Sef Tsauousis .... set dresser (as Sef Tsaousis)
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... sound recordist
Wayne Bell .... dialogue editor
Wayne Bell .... sound effects editor
Misty Conn .... boom operator
Thadd Day .... boom operator
Thadd Day .... boom operator: Year 9
Evan Dunivan .... dialogue editor
Evan Dunivan .... foley editor
Glenn Eanes .... dialogue editor
Chris Erlon .... adr recordist
Jay Fisher .... adr recordist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... dialogue editor
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley artist
Susan Fitz-Simon .... foley editor
Miles Foster-Greenwood .... foley editor
Miles Foster-Greenwood .... sound effects editor
Tom Hammond .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... supervising sound editor
Justin Hennard .... dialogue editor
Justin Hennard .... sound effects editor
Audra Hughes .... cable utility sound
Feildel Kévin .... french dubbing editor
Ben Lazard .... sound recordist
Benjamin Lowry .... sound mixer
Mack Melson .... sound mixer
Philip Menchaca .... adr recordist
Korey Pereira .... dialogue editor
Korey Pereira .... foley editor
Colin Rogers .... foley mixer
Tom Sturgis .... boom operator
Michael Swanner .... sound utility
Roy Machado .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Parke Gregg .... compositor
Nick Smith .... digital compositor
Don Breneman .... stunts
Richard Hancock .... stunts
Dylan Hart .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Allen .... grip
Rich Bond .... best boy grip
Nathan Brown .... electrician (segments)
Todd Campbell .... b camera operator
Chase Chesnutt .... second assistant camera
Chris Cogswell .... grip driver
Scott Conn .... electrician
Brown Cooper .... b camera operator
Ted Davis .... grip
Wes Dixon .... additional electrician
John Eschberger .... electrician
Chris Hamala .... grip
Kristopher Hardy .... assistant camera
Matt Harshbarger .... steadicam operator
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... first assistant camera
Chip Huntington .... grip
Dan Jackson .... addl. 1st ac
Janet Jensen .... best boy electric
Janet Jenson .... best boy electric
Brad Keffer .... best boy electric
Matthew King .... first assistant camera
Matt Lankes .... still photographer
Robert Lewallen .... grip (as BJ Lewallen)
Jon H. Lewis .... gaffer (as Jon Lewis)
Rick Malahy .... grip
Mark Manthey .... gaffer
David McGill .... steadicam operator
Matthew McGinn .... film loader
Rob McGrath .... first assistant camera
Rob McGreevy .... grip driver
Chris Milani .... best boy / electric
P.K. Munson .... first assistant: "a" camera
Edward A. Navarro .... electrician
George R. Niedson .... steadicam operator (as George Niedson)
Kyle Osburn .... film loader
Michael Palmer .... grip
Sam Pearcy .... second assistant camera
Spencer Pharr .... electrician
Balint Pinczehelyi .... grip
Ian Quigley .... grip
Robert Rendon .... first assistant camera
Phillip Renke .... best boy grip
Brandon Roberts .... electrician
Adam Drew Schwartz .... first assistant camera (as Adam Schwartz)
John Sheeren .... additional first assistant camera
Tom Shinn .... best boy electric
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip (as Ferrell Shinnick)
Tristan Shinnick .... grip
Todd Smiley .... gaffer
John Spath .... best boy electric
Zachary W. Sprague .... second assistant camera (as Zach Sprague)
Tim Travis .... grip
Wes Turner .... second assistant camera
Leif E. Ulvog .... grip (as Leif Ulvog)
Joseph Vasquez .... key grip (as Joe Vasquez)
Ralph Watson .... steadicam operator
Britt West .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Angela Burns .... extras casting coordinator
Lacey Gordon .... casting assistant
Lacey Gordon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephany Baskin .... key costumer
Karen Holley .... set costumer
Lee Hunsaker .... set costumer
Editorial Department
David Alonzo .... assistant colorist
James Cadenas .... assistant colorist
Laura G. Chirinos .... digital intermediate assistant producer: video deliverables/archiving
Reggie Diaz .... Digital Intermediate Film Scanning Producer
Chelsea Dinsdale .... post-production assistant
Tyler Fagerstrom .... Digital Intermediate Film Scanning
Parke Gregg .... colorist
Parke Gregg .... digital intermediate editor
Paul Korver .... Digital Intermediate Film Scanning Supervisor
Justin Rhodes .... assistant editor: year one
Christopher Roldan .... assistant editor
Mike Saenz .... first assistant editor
Yusef Svacina .... assistant editor
Allison Turrell .... digital intermediate producer
Music Department
Meghan Currier .... music supervisor
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
Other crew
Sara Aronson .... production assistant: year 3
Peter Atherton .... location manager
Lauren Burckhard .... production assistant
Travis Carr .... key set production assistant: year 8
Corbin Clem .... location assistant
Garret Danks .... production assistant
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager: Years 7, 8, & 11
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Ryan Gronquist .... production assistant
Jeff Guerrero .... production assistant
Jeff Guerrero .... production coordinator
Bethany Haynes .... production counsel
Bethany Haynes .... production legal
Zachary Heine .... location assistant
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location manager
Alexander Hiers .... production assistant
Audra Hughes .... production assistant
Dane Jensen .... production assistant
Adam Kenitzer .... production assistant
T.J. Larson .... clearance consultant
Andrea Lazard .... production coordinator (as Andrea Johnson)
Stephen Light .... production coordinator
Riley Malone .... assistant location manager
Jake Mendez .... title graphics
Morgan Miles .... production accountant
Jennifer Ellen Mohr .... production assistant
Molly Murray .... production accountant
C.J. Neels .... on set production assistant
Van B. Nguyen .... production assistant (as Van Nguyen)
Ryan Ross .... art department intern
Brooke Satrazemis .... script supervisor
M.K. Shaw .... production accountant (as Kathleen Shaw)
Farhaneh Shirazee .... set production assistant
Reneau Skinner .... production accountant
Vernon Smith .... craft service
Garin Sparks .... production assistant
Edoardo Vojvoda .... intern
Desirae Wallace .... locations assistant: year 6
Steve White .... location manager (Years 10 and 12)
Jenni Wieland .... production accountant
Andrew Poppoon .... location assistant (uncredited)
Rio Zumwalt .... location intern (uncredited)

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use
165 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Near the end of the movie, while talking to his father about relationships and girls, and in the next scene with his mother and sister, Mason wears a t-shirt with a painting "Collective Vision" by Alex Gray, an artist known for his artwork for the metal band Tool.See more »
Continuity: When the saw blade is thrown into the piece of wood the second time, in later shots it is in a different place on the wood and deeper into it as well.See more »
Dad:[while canvassing for the 2008 Presidential Election] Hey, grab that McCain sign, would you?
Mason:Dad, isn't that illegal?
Dad:Just put it in the car. I'm being patriotic.
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Movie Connections:
References "Dragon Ball Z" (1996)See more »
Summer NoonSee more »


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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Ebbs and flows, 28 July 2014
Author: msia91 from Penang, Malaysia / Chicago, USA

The key factor in Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" is that it relies on life as its main plot point, not just the characters and their motivations. Like life, they change as the years go by – in spirit and in goals. For young children coming of age, their youth is a turbulent time – full of raging hormones and confused emotions, questioning themselves about their place in this life – you only live once, so they say.

Life never favors other people. There are others who seem to have it all and there are others who are always struggling. Mason's parents are the perfect example – they separate on amicable terms, and one seems to be more successful than the other, but then it shifts so gradually that their fates balance each other's out, making it unavoidably fair. Unpredictable, that life.

So it goes with little Mason's youth. We first see him as a kid, gazing into the sky, wondering about life at an age where he is supposedly carefree. His sister with an attitude constantly teases him in a realistically annoying manner, and their single mother is struggling to find a better life for them all. Man men enter their lives, most unfortunately alcoholic and troubled. Mason, like most boys in that situation, logically seeks out advice from his father from time to time. He never really says it, but he's feeling confused and needs proper guidance.

We've all been in his shoes. We were (some still are) all confused, lonely, trying to comprehend this thing call life. We were all spoilt brats with attitudes that would make our parents tear their hair off their heads. We were all their bundles of joy whenever we succeeded in something. Yet they are still human like us, and at their age are still trying to find out where life is taking them, for better or for worse. Linklater perfectly captures that essence, and spreads it out perfectly across nearly three hours of condensed life. He does the rarity - create an experimental film that sounds well enough to perform well with indie audiences, yet retain the emotional energy of classic Hollywood melodramas down to its barest, realistic form and lays it all out in front of the audience to see.

That's the beauty of his film, it isn't one-sided. It ebbs and flows with the current, and surrounds the audience with its unforced, genuine emotions. I did not feel much empathy for Mason as much as I did feeling LIKE Mason as he went through this crazy, subtle adventure. I felt moved and touched with every poignant scene Mason has to go through, enlightened whenever his father gives him some advice, as bewildered as he is at life.

We don't have many movies like this anymore nowadays. Few movies are willing to evoke the senses purely, both independent and mainstream – one either cops out and goes for audience sentimentality (and Oscar votes) while the other becomes pretentious fluff that thinks its art but it isn't, just an artist on a stage full of sound and fury. "Boyhood" is that rare gem that isn't – an incredibly beautiful film with many layers that provoke the mind and emotions, and left me feeling bittersweet with a tidal wave of nostalgia and poignancy, but ultimately left me feeling optimistic about the future.

Mason's journey has been quite the ride, indeed. That this was filmed in 12 years is no easy task by itself - this is a film that speaks of our time perfectly, defining the current generation with aplomb where so many other modern filmmakers grasped. If you are, or are parents with kids who were, born within the 1990s and early 2000s, you owe it to yourself to see this film.

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