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Boy (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2010 (New Zealand)
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Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old kid and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu ...
Moerangi Tihore ...
Cherilee Martin ...
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ...
Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
Haze Reweti ...
Maakariini Butler ...
Rajvinder Eria ...
Manihera Rangiuaia ...
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ...
Waihoroi Shortland ...


It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king-even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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25 March 2010 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Мальчик  »

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$15,569 (USA) (23 March 2012)


$255,179 (USA) (22 June 2012)

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Did You Know?


Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi. See more »


The story takes place in 1984 with a month ending in 'ber' ( i.e. September, October, November or December) according to what is written on the classroom blackboard. Boy says that his brother Rocky is six years old. Their mother Joanie died while giving birth to Rocky. According to Joanie's tombstone, she died in April, 1977. Doing the math, that would make Rocky seven, not six. See more »


Boy: I don't remember you! You weren't there! You weren't there when he was born! You weren't there when she died! Where were you?
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Crazy Credits

Mid credits scene: Spoof of Michael Jackson's Thriller See more »


Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #1.70 (2016) See more »


E Te Atua
(Traditional Arranged by Georgina Kingi)
KSP Music
Performed by St Josephs Maori Girls Choir
South Pacific Recordings
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The little gem from NZ
20 September 2010 | by (Vancouver,Canada) – See all my reviews

There are very few movies coming out of NZ that are memorable at all, and stumbling upon such a gem is quite a rarity!

I rarely take time to write reviews, but I felt that this movies deserves one:)

There is hardly any fault in this movie from direction and acting perspective, although I have to reckon I have never heard of anyone from the main movie credits... Combining unknown actors with a very simple script is a recipe for disaster, in general,BUT not in this film. I think the charm of the movie comes from kids that are playing their roles just perfect:innocent but responsible when need it.

The last scene of the movie makes you feel that you've just experienced something unique that comes on the screen once in 10 years!

If you manage to get the DVD, invite some friends over and have an '80 night at the movies: all of them they'll feel happy at the end!

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