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This Boy's Life (1993)

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The story about the relationship between a rebellious 1950s teenager and his abusive stepfather, based on the memoirs of writer and literature Professor Tobias Wolff.

Writers:

Tobias Wolff (book), Robert Getchell (screenplay)
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2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert De Niro ... Dwight
Ellen Barkin ... Caroline
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Toby
Jonah Blechman ... Arthur Gayle
Eliza Dushku ... Pearl
Chris Cooper ... Roy
Carla Gugino ... Norma
Zachary Ansley ... Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
Tracey Ellis ... Kathy
Kathy Kinney ... Marian
Robert Zameroski ... Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
Tobey Maguire ... Chuck Bolger
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald Travis MacDonald ... Psycho
Richard Liss Richard Liss ... A & P Manager
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Storyline

In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A true story based on the award-winning book by Tobias Wolff. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Leonardo DiCaprio mentioned the film during his acceptance speech at the 2016 SAG Awards. He also thanked Michael Caton-Jones for casting him in his first film during his Oscar acceptance speech in 2016. See more »

Goofs

During the finger cutting scene, the finger shown in close up with special effects is not the finger shown when the camera pans back to original shot. See more »

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Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: It was 1957. We were driving from Florida to Utah. After my mother was beaten up by her boyfriend, we got in the Nash and high-tailed it for the uranium fields. We were gonna get rich and change our luck, which hadn't been so hot since our family broke up five years back.
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Written by Preston Epps and Arthur Egnoian
Performed by Preston Epps
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Absorbing, Shocking Movie
19 July 2002 | by jmorrison-2See all my reviews

A highly disturbing film about the violent relationship between a disturbed man, and his adolescent step-son. Remarkable performances from Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The desperation and hatred is clearly conveyed by both of them; to the point that it's downright scary.

Deniro's character is so seemingly normal, and yet so menacing and terrifying. Another remarkable acting performance from him.

The taunting of the step-son, and the violent confrontations between the two are ugly, yet mesmerizing. You feel the claustrophobic feeling the boy must have had living in this small town, trapped into this relationship. Some of this is very tough to watch.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1993 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,425, 11 April 1993

Gross USA:

$4,104,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,104,962
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Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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