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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dwight
... Caroline
... Toby
... Arthur Gayle
... Pearl
... Roy
... Norma
... Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
... Kathy
... Marian
Robert Zameroski ... Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
... Chuck Bolger
Tristan Tait ... Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald ... Psycho
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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He looked like the ideal husband. He seemed like the perfect father. That's just what they needed. But that's not what they got. See more »

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

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23 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Vida Deste Rapaz  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,425, 11 April 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,104,962
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2.35 : 1
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Producer Art Linson knew the film would be a tough sell. When he attended a test screening of the film with the Warner Brothers executives, he asked an old lady what she thought of the film. To his delight, he found out that she loved the film. He later found out that the old lady was Robert De Niro's grandmother. See more »

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When Dwight is shooting his shotgun during the turkey event, if you look closely you will see that there is no bullets coming out of his gun. 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 I Love Lucy (1951) See more »

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Written by Edward Teschemacher and Guy d'Hardelot
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Leo's movie
3 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

The title got it right. This is Leonardo's movie through and through. You can't wait for him to get away from his ineffectual Mother and his Stepfather. Not many young actors could hold their own with DeNiro, but Leonardo succeeds beautifully. See this movie if you still have any doubts about his acting ability; for once, the 12-year-old girls got it right by anointing him the actor of this generation.


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