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This Boy's Life ()


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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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Dwight
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Caroline
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Toby
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Arthur Gayle
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Pearl
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Roy
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Norma
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Skipper (as Zack Ansley)
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Kathy
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Marian
Robert Zameroski ...
Arch Cook (as Bobby Zameroski)
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Chuck Bolger
Tristan Tait ...
Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald ...
Psycho
Richard Liss ...
A & P Manager
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Terry Taylor
Adam Sneller ...
Terry Silver
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Mr. Howard
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Geiger Counter Vendor
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Principal Shippy
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Jimmy Voorhees
Jason Horst ...
Oscar Booker
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Silver Sister #1
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Silver Sister #2
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Ticket Seller
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Vice Principal
Shawn Macdonald ...
A & P Employee
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Truck Driver
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Minister
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Target Ranger
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Voice in crowd (voice)
Ken Camroux-Taylor ...
2nd Place Shooter (as Ken Camroux)
Ross Chaston ...
Score Caller
Scott Woodmansee ...
Crash Witness
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Dennis Kostecki ...
Ticket Master (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ...
Cigar Store Owner (uncredited)
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Norma's Boyfriend (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Caton-Jones

Written by

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Tobias Wolff ... (book)
 
Robert Getchell ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Fitch Cady ... co-producer
Peter Guber ... executive producer
Art Linson ... producer
Jon Peters ... executive producer

Music by

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Carter Burwell

Cinematography by

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David Watkin

Film Editing by

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Jim Clark

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Fiona Duncanson ... assistant film editor
Peter Lonsdale ... associate film editor (as Peter N. Lonsdale)
Eric O. Schusterman ... assistant film editor

Casting By

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Rachel Abroms
Owens Hill

Production Design by

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Stephen J. Lineweaver

Art Direction by

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Sandy Cochrane

Set Decoration by

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Jim Erickson

Costume Design by

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Richard Hornung

Makeup Department

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Mari Bloom ... hair stylist: Mr. DiCaprio
Susan Boyd ... hair stylist (as Susan Stewart)
Kathy W. Estocin ... hair stylist: Ms. Barkin (as Kathy Estocin)
David Forrest ... makeup artist: Ms. Barkin
Ilona Herman ... hair stylist: Mr. De Niro / makeup artist: Mr. De Niro
Paul LeBlanc ... wig consultant
Ryan McCormick ... makeup artist
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil ... makeup artist (as Jo-Anne Smith Ojeil)

Production Management

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Casey Grant ... unit production manager
Donald Hauer ... unit production manager: Utah (as Don Hauer)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Paul Etherington ... key second assistant director
Sharon Gerhard ... second assistant director: Utah
Lynda Gilman ... second assistant director: Washington (as Lynda M. Gilman)
Peter E. Hirsch ... second second assistant director (as Peter Hirsch)
Rachel Leiterman ... second assistant director
Seanna McPherson ... dgc trainee
Kevin Speckmaier ... third assistant director
Bill Westley ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jan Kobylka ... construction coordinator
Peter Lando ... assistant set decorator
Neil McLeod ... assistant property master
Grant Swain ... property master
John Garrett ... on set dresser (uncredited)
Clyde Klotz ... illustrator (uncredited)
Barry Kootchin ... head scenic artist (uncredited)
Joel McKee ... assistant property master (uncredited)
Bob Warner ... painter (uncredited)
Victor J. Zolfo ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Benson ... sound effects editor
Destiny Borden ... assistant sound editor
Donald D. Brown ... boom operator (as Don Brown)
Jane E. Carpenter ... dialogue editor (as Jane Carpenter-Wilson)
Tim Chilton ... foley artist
Simon Coke ... dialogue editor
Christine Danelski ... foley editor
Christopher Flick ... foley editor
Sukey Fontelieu ... dialogue editor
Gary A. Hecker ... foley mixer (as Gary Hecker)
Michael Herbick ... re-recording mixer
Holly Huckins ... adr editor
Richard King ... supervising sound editor
Cliff Latimer ... supervising adr editor
Melissa Lytle ... assistant sound editor
Martin Maryska ... sound effects editor
Karen Minahan ... assistant sound editor
Donald O. Mitchell ... re-recording mixer
Frank A. Montaño ... re-recording mixer (as Frank A. Montano)
Eric Potter ... sound effects
E. Jeane Putnam ... foley editor
Nico Salvato ... assistant sound editor (as Monique Salvato)
Jill Schachne ... foley artist
Rob Young ... production mixer
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Nick Lawson ... special effects
Mike Vézina ... special effects coordinator (as Mike Vezina)
Dan Cervin ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Doug Hubbard ... special effects (uncredited)
Michael Walls ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Charles Andre ... stunt double: Robert DeNiro
Kevin J. Andruschak ... stunts
Jim Dunn ... stunts
Tom Eirikson ... stunts
Marcia Holley ... stunts
David Jacox ... stunts
Matt Johnston ... stunts
Michael Langlois ... stunts (as Mike Langlois)
Cotton Mather ... stunts
Cole McLarty ... stunts
Gary McLarty ... stunts
Fred Perron ... stunts
John Polce ... stunts
John Scott ... stunts
Betty Thomas Quee ... stunt coordinator (as Betty Thomas) / stunts (as Betty Thomas)
Fred Waugh ... stunts
Ric Roman Waugh ... stunts (as Ric Waugh)
Duane Dickinson ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Chuck Finch ... chief lighting technician (as Robert [Chuck] Finch)
James L. Hurford ... key grip (as Jim Hurford)
Stephen Jackson ... chief lighting technician (as Steve Jackson)
Burton Kuchera ... assistant chief lighting technician
John McCallum ... first assistant camera (as Sandy McCallum)
Rose Mihalyi ... second assistant camera
Andrew Mulkani ... second grip
Dave Owen ... camera operator: "b" camera
Jeff Plecas ... dolly grip
Mike Roberts ... camera operator (as Michael Roberts)
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Rick Wiley ... best boy grip: Washington (as Richard Wiley)
Jamie Barber ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Shaun Lawless ... lighting technician (uncredited)
Stephen Les ... grip (uncredited)
Stan McClain ... camera operator: Wescam camera (uncredited)
Klaus Melchior ... video assist operator: 24 Frame Coordinator (uncredited)
Cam North ... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
George Ramage ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Stuart Aikins ... casting: Canada
Julie Delia ... casting assistant
William Haines ... casting assistant: Canada
James Forsyth ... extras casting (uncredited)
Louise Mackiewicz ... extras casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Thomas L. Pankiewich ... wardrobe: men (as Tom Pankiewich)
Nicola Ryall ... wardrobe: women
Barbara Marko ... costumer (uncredited)
Marienne O'Brien ... costumer (uncredited)
Ellen Ryba ... costumer (uncredited)
Mary Zophres ... assistant costume designer (uncredited)

Location Management

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Mike Fantasia ... location manager: Washington
James Sallis ... location manager
Arlene Sibley ... location manager: Utah
Kent Phillip Johnson ... assistant location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Sonny Kompanek ... conductor / orchestrator
Allan Mason ... music supervisor
Adam Milo Smalley ... music editor
John Beal ... composer: trailer (uncredited)
John Moses ... musician: clarinetist (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Rory Moffatt ... transportation captain
Ian 'Moss' Urquhart ... transportation coordinator (as Ian [Moss] Urquhart)
Jim Filippone ... helicopter pilot: transportation (uncredited)
John Wolfe ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Sheila Aquiline ... assistant production accountant
Robin Chambers ... assistant: Mr. De Niro
Robert Dawson ... title designer
Chantel Garayalde ... assistant: Ms. Barkin
Penny Gibbs ... production coordinator
Karen Gordon ... production accountant
Isabel Johnson ... production secretary
Mark R. Lindsay ... sales representative (as Mark Lindsay)
Patti McReynolds ... craft service / first aid
Yvonne Melville ... production coordinator
Tricia Owen ... assistant: Michael Caton-Jones
Brigitte Prochaska ... unit publicist
Glade Quinn ... production assistant
Patti Roberts-Nelson ... production associate (as Patti Roberts Nelson)
Marshall Schlom ... script supervisor: Utah
Christine Wilson ... script supervisor
Jeffrey T. Barabe ... assistant: Mr. DeNiro (uncredited)
Bill Daly ... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Jodi Duncan ... stand-in (uncredited)
Anne C. Ford ... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Barbara Gregson ... film researcher (uncredited)
Beverly Jusi ... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Peter Kelley ... dialogue coach: Eliza Dushku (uncredited)
Todd Lester ... security officer (uncredited)
Marshall Dancing Elk Lucas ... production assistant (uncredited)
Andrew Magarian ... acting coach (uncredited)
Heather Murphy ... production coordinator: USA (uncredited)
Mari Raymer ... production assistant (uncredited)
Robert Andrew Reeves ... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Rudert ... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Lee A. Steadman ... production assistant (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines 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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Also Known As
  • Blessures secrètes (France)
  • Die Geschichte einer Jugend (Germany)
  • Vida de este chico (Spain)
  • Tämän pojan elämä (Finland)
  • O Despertar de um Homem (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 115 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $74,425, 11 Apr 1993

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Robert De Niro saw Leonardo DiCaprio's acting in this movie, he called Martin Scorsese to tell him about the kid and he must check him out. Scorsese has since said that this was very unusual as De Niro wouldn't normally have this level of praise for a fellow actor. See more »
Goofs The injured finger that's still bandaged months later in the timeline of the story. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in This Boy's Life/The Sandlot/Indecent Proposal/Bodies, Rest & Motion/The Abyss (1993). See more »
Soundtracks Let's Get Away from It All See more »
Quotes Dwight Hansen: I know a thing or two about a thing or two!
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