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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 child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Boy
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Moerangi Tihore ...
Cherilee Martin ...
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ...
Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
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Maakariini Butler ...
Murray
Rajvinder Eria ...
Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia ...
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ...
Holden
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Waihoroi Shortland ...
Weirdo
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Chuppa
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Juju
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It's 1984. 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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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,569, 23 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$255,179, 24 June 2012
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Due to the films success in New Zealand, the song "Poi E", originally released in 1984, re-entered the New Zealand charts and reached number 3 on May 24 2010. It is the only New Zealand song to chart over three decades. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene there is a decrepit old truck with a bent old license plate "ME1831" License plates in NZ are released alphabetically starting with AA and culminating with ZZ before the system switched to the a three letter three number system. "M" license plates were first seen in about 1985 - a year after this film was set. A truck that old in 1985 would have had and A,B,C or D license plate. See more »

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Dynasty: She reckons it's better to be risk your money on something big and be real poor, than sit around being a bit poor.
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The credits start with the names and roles of the three main actors and this is followed by a spoof of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", incorporating elements of the original dance (as seen on the music video) and Maori Hakas. See more »

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

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(Samuel Scott (as S Scott)/Will Ricketts (as W Ricketts)/Lukasz Pawel Buda (as L Buda)/Conrad Wedde (as C Wedde)/Richie Singleton (as R Singleton)/Warner Emery (as W Emery))
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Courtesy of The Phoenix Foundation
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This movie is a little Gem! Recommended.
12 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

This New Zealand made movie had me laughing and entertained right from the outset. In fact, within the first five minutes, there were more laughs than some comedy movies manage to achieve in their entirety.

The movie 'Boy' is proof that a good script, decent characters and plenty of laughs produces a better result than big budget movies with no originality and plenty of marketing.

Go and see this -- but only if you like decent movies, 1980 references, laughing and characters you'll care about; a blend of serious under-currents wrapped up in quirky NZ humor.

For New Zealand viewers, some of the scenes will seem so familiar; something you'll be able to relate to...but anyone can watch this.


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