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The Boy Who Had Everything (1985)

R | | Drama | 28 November 1988 (UK)
In '60's-era Australia, a college freshman must navigate freshman hazing, a distant mother, and a shaky relationship with his girlfriend.


Stephen Wallace


Stephen Wallace
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Connery ... John Kirkland
Diane Cilento ... Mother
Laura Williams Laura Williams ... Robin
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Vandervelt
Ian Gilmour ... Pollock
Nique Needles ... Graham Cummerford
Michael Gow Michael Gow ... Kaplin
Mark Wignall Mark Wignall ... McPhee
Monroe Reimers ... Afferson
Tim Burns ... The Bookmaker
Caz Lederman Caz Lederman ... First Prostitute
Toni Scanlan ... Second Prostitute
David Slingsby David Slingsby ... Performer in Play - Father
Patti McLaughlin Patti McLaughlin ... Performer in Play - Mother
Joey Kennedy ... Performer in Play - Zenobie (as Jo Kennedy)
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In '60's-era Australia, a college freshman must navigate freshman hazing, a distant mother, and a shaky relationship with his girlfriend.

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Final film of Diane Cilento. See more »


Prelude in E Minor
by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
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Depressing and fantastic
12 January 2011 | by katiereid88See all my reviews

I can't believe this movie is so underrated - it's unique, haunting and deeply depressing but gets to grips with the social, familial and romantic expectations put on an individual. The protagonist's need to excel is tormenting and the film perfectly encapsulates a sense of mounting pressure. The characters, both the boy who (seems) to have everything and those surrounding him, are vividly sketched. John Kirkland's relationship with his eccentric but overbearing mother steals the show, although his vacuous relationship with the girl next door is thought-provoking and sad. As a postgraduate student of literature, I have read many incredible works of art, and this film is up there with some of the best examples of artistic socio-psychological interrogation.

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