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Boys (1996)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Drama, Romance | 10 May 1996 (USA)
Patty Vare falls off a horse and is found unconscious by preparatory school student John Baker. He takes her to his dormitory. As he quickly discovers, she is hiding from something. For ... See full summary »

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Stacy Cochran

Writers:

Stacy Cochran, James Salter (short story "Twenty Minutes")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Winona Ryder ... Patty Vare
Lukas Haas ... John Baker Jr
John C. Reilly ... Officer Kellogg Curry
James Le Gros ... Fenton Ray (as James LeGros)
Skeet Ulrich ... Bud Valentine
Matt Malloy ... Bartender
Spencer Vrooman Spencer Vrooman ... John Murphy
Charlie Hofheimer ... John Cooke
Bill Sage ... Officer Bill Martone
Marty McDonough ... Teacher
Wiley Wiggins ... John Phillips
Vivienne Shub Vivienne Shub ... Frances
Russell Young Russell Young ... John Van Slieder
Christopher Pettiet ... Jon Heinz
Catherine Keener ... Jilly
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Storyline

Patty Vare falls off a horse and is found unconscious by preparatory school student John Baker. He takes her to his dormitory. As he quickly discovers, she is hiding from something. For John this becomes a road to maturity and for Patty, it's a way back to love and tenderness. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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No one stays innocent forever.

Genres:

Mystery | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl You Want See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After multiple cuts and dubbing out language, the film went from a R rating to PG-13. Winona Ryder was very disappoint in the final cut of the film and did not promote it when released. She also has issues with the last minute title change from "The Girl You Want" to "Boys". See more »

Goofs

Before Baker falls asleep away from the fair, the trees closest to him have all of their leaves. In the morning, both are almost bare. See more »

Quotes

Patty: Look, I don't want to keep you from your school work...
John Baker Jr: I drop out of school Patty, or at least I tried to... God, are you always like this?
Patty: Ya, I'm always like this.
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Connections

Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bellylaugh
Written by Josephmary, Lee, Rainey and Alkema
Performed by Compulsion
Courtesy of Interscope Records
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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underestimated
3 August 2005 | by mliekSee all my reviews

This movie is underestimated and I'll tell you exactly why: the characters are incredibly realistic, they are searching for something or someone to feel less alone and you could imagine this story really happening. John could have taken the girl to a hospital but he takes her to his room instead just because he feels the need to have something of his own, something no one else knows about. Another aspect about the movie which I can appreciate is the sphere. I cannot explain exactly why, but I was taken away by the beautiful autumn setting and the well chosen soundtrack. There is one scene that might be the best example: the scene in which Jonh wakes up near the fair, you can almost feel the coolness of that autumn morning and can imagine how he feels realizing the girl isn't there anymore and he is all alone once more. This movie in a way, is about how people sometimes just do not want everybody to know everything about them. The girl keeps it a secret what happened to her, the boy does not tell anyone about the girl he found. The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the title, I don't understand what "boys" has to do with the story.


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