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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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The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ellar Coltrane ... Mason

Patricia Arquette ... Mom

Elijah Smith ... Tommy

Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha

Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
Libby Villari ... Grandma

Ethan Hawke ... Dad

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 (as Jesse Tilton)

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:
Virginia Allee ... Patron in Restaurant (uncredited)
Marina Arellano ... Student (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)
Amber Jaycox ... High School Student (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
Katie Tull .... second 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
Kévin Feildel .... french dubbing editor (as Feildel Kévin)
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
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
Chris Telles .... casting associate (as Christopher Telles)
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
Jennifer Bishop .... production assistant
Lauren Burckhard .... production assistant
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
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?

As it is illegal in the U.S. to sign contracts lasting longer than 7 years, nobody could sign a contract for their 12-year commitment.See more »
Continuity: When Mason, Sr. and the children attend a Houston Astros game, the visiting Milwaukee Brewers are shown wearing navy blue jerseys. In some subsequent shots, the visiting team is wearing gray jerseys.See more »
Mom:[Mason Jr. and Samantha start fighting in the backseat] Hey! What's going on back there? Stop it! Put a barrier up! Come on, make a barrier with your pillow!
Mom:Okay, we're going to play a game: Whoever can stay quiet the longest wins. And, go!
[Samantha and Mason Jr. start tickling each other, instead]
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141 out of 205 people found the following review useful.
Feels like the movie I was born to watch, 9 July 2014

Every once in a while, you can witness something that hits you at your very core. I've felt this very few times in my film loving career. I gazed in awe at the sight of dinosaurs in Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park, marveled witnessing the birth of the universe in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, and now, I sit in sheer admiration and respect at the magic that is Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Nothing you have read, heard, or seen about the film will prepare you for the experience that is this cinematic rarity. Filmed over twelve years, Boyhood tells the story of Mason, who we follow from ages 5 to 18.

Starring Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, and Lorelei Linklater, Boyhood assembles the finest cast of 2014 so far. Each player, dedicating themselves to the greater cause, allows themselves to evolve. Fully realized, and oozed with every rich element of movie making, Linklater writes the most authentic characters to grace the screens in years. Ready for more hyperbolic thoughts? Doesn't make it less true but get ready. Boyhood, potentially, could be one of the best films ever made. Last year, I referred to his third installment of the Before series, "a masterpiece." I stand by that even today. Boyhood however, is something that is a once in a lifetime endeavor that will be studied, criticized, admired, and bring all the discussions about film to the forefront. I feel blessed just to have watched it.

Ellar Coltrane is simply stupendous. As you watch his transformation before your eyes, his subtle and restrained performance will floor you, scene after scene, year after year. It's astounding how Coltrane interprets young Mason as a boy, bringing him through adolescence with grace, and then fully realizes what kind of man he has become. There's an intimacy in which Coltrane decides to finesse Mason upon the audience. He thoroughly cares about him, understanding his confusions, and even more, realizing his flaws. It's one of the year's most outstanding performances and one of the best delivered by any child actor.

Ethan Hawke continues to be one of the more undervalued and underutilized actors working today. Though he has three Oscar nominations to his name, two for co-writing Before Sunset and Before Midnight, and one for Best Supporting Actor in Antoine Fuqua's Training Day, I'm still unsure about how Hollywood and the world perceives his abilities. As Mason's Dad, Hawke takes his character to the brink of sheer brilliance. Showcasing an unrestrained and eager willingness to connect with his children, Dad, as he's only called in the film, is a sensational and intriguing look into fatherhood and being human. Chasing the dreams, and believing you are destined for something greater, Dad allows the audience to relish in his quest to be connected and complacent. Hawke shines once again, involving both mind and spirit, into a man we may know all too well.

As Mom, Patricia Arquette ignites the spirit in a performance that should land her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Headlining a career that has produced impressive work on TV's "Medium," as well as in films like True Romance, Arquette's prowess is her ability to be a fallen character without requiring pity or persuasion from the viewer. She interprets a woman, desperate for a connection to other aspects of her life, and reinvents the foundation of the broken mother. Arquette's beautiful yet exhilarating turn often feels like riding on the edge of a cliff, unsure if we're going in, but even more excited just to be on the ride with her. Pure and raw talent exists in her, and it's been worth the wait to finally witness it all unravel.

Richard Linklater casts his daughter Lorelei Linklater to play Samantha, Mason's older sister. Without even realizing or thinking about it, you secretly and solemnly fall in love with her transformation from girl to woman. She is every bit as brilliant as any person in the cast, delivering on all beats, allowing her awkward yet sweet demeanor to pierce through yet not forgetting her annoyance and overbearing nature in which she came. Honestly, it's a performance destined to be forgotten during the awards year but it's something I will recall for years to come.

There are other supporting players that we meet throughout the journey particularly Marco Perella and Zoe Graham, who completely make their mark during the picture.

Running at 165 minutes, this dramatic, coming-of-age epic had me just yearning for more. I wanted to stay with them, see their journeys continue, and just relish in this dream a bit longer. I walked out secretly (or not so secretly) wishing that Linklater is quietly filming these same characters for the next twelve years, and will not reveal the plans until it's all finished. Talk about the surprise of my life. At 42 years old when and if that happens, I will be excited for the ride.

Shot gorgeously by Lee Daniel and Shane F. Kelly, and edited with clarity and love by Sandra Adair, Boyhood succeeds as a technical marvel just as much as a narrative and performance piece. Linklater's writing, on virtually every level, is the best thing since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Originality, and taking a fresh perspective on a genre that could feel stale for some, Linklater will make you a believer again. His direction is even more impressive. It's the single best thing that he's ever done and probably ever will do. It's the pinnacle of his career, and is his offering to cinema for all-time.

In essence, Linklater's Boyhood is a must-see film for any lover of the movies. It's the type of film that was imagined when they invented film. With tears in my eyes, I marveled and wept for a creation I still may not fully understand but am anxiously waiting to revisit very soon.

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