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The Boys (1998)

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director:

Rowan Woods

Writers:

Stephen Sewell (screenplay), Gordon Graham (based on the original play by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Wenham ... Brett Sprague
Toni Collette ... Michelle
Lynette Curran ... Sandra Sprague
John Polson ... Glenn Sprague
Jeanette Cronin ... Jackie
Anthony Hayes ... Stevie Sprague
Anna Lise Phillips ... Nola (as Anna Lise)
Pete Smith ... George (Abo)
Sal Sharah Sal Sharah ... Nick
Lawrence Woodward Lawrence Woodward ... Prison Officer
Peter Hehir Peter Hehir ... Graham Newman
Andrew Heys Andrew Heys ... Sparrow
Teo Gebert ... Constable Zammit
Anthony Kierann Anthony Kierann ... Constable Maguire
Stephen Leeder ... Supervising Detective
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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day will not end well. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Toni Collette actually grew up in the rough Sydney suburbs where the film is set. See more »

Goofs

Around 15-20 minutes in, Michelle lights the same cigarette three times in quick succession. See more »

Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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The dark side of Australian suburbia.
20 January 1999 | by knob69See all my reviews

The reason I was riveted by this film is because it was so real. And so Australian. I know lots of blokes like Brett Sprague.

In the scene where Brett accuses Nola of calling the cops, Nola turns away from him and Brett says "Hey....hey, look at me." In the nonchalant way he says is more terrifying than if he was yelling at the top of his lungs. You can tell there's something evil festering away inside Brett.

David Wenham puts in one of best performances in Australian cinema. His domineering portrayal of Brett was one of the most chilling I've seen in recent years. I'd rank it alongside the animal presence in "In The Winter Dark" for pure scare value.

This movie is what Australian film is all about. Not cross-dressers going cross country in a bus, or a bunch of idiots having a zany family christmas, or even a full Australian cast falling over themselves because the main star is American.

1998 was a fantasic year for Aussie films, & The Boys was one of the best.

**** out of four.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1998 (Australia) See more »

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Gross USA:

$3,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,146
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