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Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | | Drama | August 1998 (Sweden)
Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy West / Danny Knight
... Kate West
... Ray West
... Doris Knight
... Nate Carr
... Traci Connor
... Tom
... Andy Berg
Devon Michael ... Mark West
Adam Burke ... Mikey West
... Young Doris Knight
Dennis Letts ... Sgt. Phillips
Jerry Cotton ... Det. Fleaharty
... Leo Dalt
... Motel Clerk
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Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an incestuous relationship at the insistence of the dad; and, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he goes to murderous lengths to keep it hidden. The young man, Jimmy, who sleeps out in the shed, has suspicions, but little comes out until a Yankee woman of middle age comes to town looking for a dead private eye. And why does dad keep calling Jimmy, "little boy blue"? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Murder. Seduction. Revenge.

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

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In a flashback, Kaitlin Hopkins plays a younger version of the character played by Shirley Knight. Kaitlin Hopkins is the real-life daughter of Shirley Knight. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, a policeman buys a six pack of local Texas beer, the bottles of which are dark brown. They remove the six pack from the brown bag and put it on the table. After Doris Knight talks for a while, the beers become the Dutch import Heineken, and the beer package seems to be back in the brown bag again. See more »

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Blessed Are These Tears
Performed by Doug Sahm
Written by Joe Tex (as Joseph Arrington)
Courtesy of Antone's Records
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Powerful, disturbing modern Gothic
3 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This "sleeper" is a masterfully done, complex drama. The story unfolds slowly at first, and the relationships among the characters remain somewhat ambiguous during the first part of the movie. However, once the plot starts to unravel, the film becomes a compelling mystery, revealing only hints of the true horror that propels the action. This is probably Phillippe's best work as an actor; he is given the chance to act--and not simply stand around and look pretty--and he is quite good. Savage and Kinski also deliver powerful performances. You'll probably have no trouble finding this one at the video store, since it didn't get much publicity. But it's definitely worth watching.


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