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The Boy Who Cried Bitch (1991)

A psychotic 12 year old makes life hell for his emotionally frail mother.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harley Cross ... Dan Love
Karen Young ... Candice Love
Jesse Bradford ... Mike Love
J.D. Daniels ... Nick Love
Gene Canfield ... Jim Cutler
Moira Kelly ... Jessica
Adrien Brody ... Eddie
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Orin Fell
Reathel Bean Reathel Bean ... Dr. Goldstein
John Rothman ... Stokes
Samuel Wright Samuel Wright ... Richard
Perry Moore Perry Moore ... William
Sean Ashby Sean Ashby ... Gene
Edwina Lewis Edwina Lewis ... Ann Marie, R.N.
Ken Eaton Ken Eaton ... Teacher
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A psychotic 12 year old makes life hell for his emotionally frail mother.

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mother | son | independent film | See All (3) »

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Beyond the innocence of childhood... beyond all the rules of society

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1992 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Line of Duty See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Never released on video in the United States. See more »

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Followed by The Boy Who Cried Bitch: The Adolescent Years (2007) See more »

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Let's Pretend
Music by Wendy Blackstone
Words by Ricky Byrd
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Great Movie, great performances
15 April 2004 | by MovieMaddisSee all my reviews

After seeing the Boy Who Cried Bitch, you might be left wondering what happened in 1991 that they couldn't release this film. This movie is one of the few effortlessly fused Theater Release with TV Movie of the Week that perhaps it lost it's footing in both venues. A shame that more people didn't get the chance to see what is surely a great performance by a young Harley Cross. This is before "Shriek If you know what I did Last Friday the 13th" but shortly after Believers.

Harley was a young actor to watch with notable films "Cohen and Tate" peeking with "Perdita Durango" and an otherwise downward slide to obscurity since. He certainly shines in this role as a confused and psychotic adolescent on the brink of madness struggling to find a place in the outside that compliments his inner demons. Rarely have we seen a young actor display such range and for this reason alone, this movie should have shucked the title and some of the cursing for something a bit more palatable to the mainstream public.

BWCB was unique in that it explored some of the complexities of child abuse, manic depression and a mother's ultimate failure to connect with her child in a way that is not cliché. For example a good scene early on has Dan (Cross) being seduced by a groundskeeper who obviously tries to fill a father's role and lure the boy into a man-boy relationship. Dan turns the power position around and immediately uses the man for beer and food for his brothers and friends. This film takes an honest look at young teens, not shying away from the way they talk and the amount of insight they have with their adult relationships.

I recommend this film for those looking for a good hearted, insightful, sometimes dark and emotional journey through a troubled teen's life.

6/10 Maddis


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