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Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | | Drama | August 1998 (Sweden)
19 y.o. Jimmy' s dad is a vicious, impotent Vietnam vet, who forces his wife and son to have incest. He has a secret he'll kill to keep. Jimmy won't abandon his two kid brothers by leaving.


Antonio Tibaldi


Michael Boston
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Jimmy West / Danny Knight
Nastassja Kinski ... Kate West
John Savage ... Ray West
Shirley Knight ... Doris Knight
Tyrin Turner ... Nate Carr
Jenny Lewis ... Traci Connor
Brent Jennings ... Tom
John Doman ... Andy Berg
Devon Michael Devon Michael ... Mark West
Adam Burke Adam Burke ... Mikey West
Kaitlin Hopkins ... Young Doris Knight
Dennis Letts ... Sgt. Phillips
Jerry Cotton Jerry Cotton ... Det. Fleaharty
Michael Boston ... Leo Dalt
Gail Cronauer ... Motel Clerk


Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: Ray, an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; Kate, a compliant wife and Jimmy, a 19-year-old son, who have an incestuous relationship at the insistence of the dad; and, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. Ray harbors a secret, and he goes to murderous lengths to keep it hidden. Jimmy sleeps out in the shed, has suspicions, but little comes out until Doris, 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"?

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Murder. Seduction. Revenge.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Eat Where You Slept Last Night
Written & performed by Zuzu Bollin
Courtesy of Antone's Records
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D'accord. "Powerful and disturbing Gothic" is right.
9 December 1998 | by GrandSee all my reviews

We were still talking about this three days after seeing it. So many questions are left unanswered that it is easy to see why studio executives chickened out and didn't hype this as a major theatrical release: they probably decided that Little Boy Blue it is too challenging to the "lowest common denominator" mindset which THEY have created among American movie-goers.

One wonders if Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds would have been released by an American studio nowadays; we think probably not -- some idiot would think that American audiences wouldn't understand, appreciate or care to see a movie which leaves ANY questions unanswered at the end, let alone one which leaves open as many questions as does Little Boy Blue.

Bah! Make a challenging movie and the audience will rise to meet the challenge. Little Boy Blue surely ranks among the most intellectually challenging movies of all time; decades from now film students will probably be writing dissertations about the cryptic symbolism of the book kept in the clothesline pole or the name of Jimmy's dog! This is not to suggest that the movie is an all-time great, but it certainly works on many more levels than that of Ryan Phillippe humping someone in the station wagon.

A Ryan Phillippe movie which forces the viewer to think! No wonder he found it so challenging: directors have had him playing blond pretty boys for so long that he probably had a difficult time portraying a character who is as savvy and insightful as he himself is in real life.

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Release Date:

August 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Wait till Dawn - Warte bis es dunkel wird... See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »


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Jazz Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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