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The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.


Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir (as Greta Olafsdottir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daphne Daphne ... Self - Dated Brandon
Reanna Reanna ... Self - Dated Brandon
Gina Gina ... Self - Brandon's Ex-girlfriend
Shaun Shaun ... Self - Friend
JoAnn JoAnn ... Self - Friend
JoAnne Brandon JoAnne Brandon ... Self - Brandon's Mother (as JoAnn Brandon)
Tammy Brandon Tammy Brandon ... Self - Brandon's Sister
John Lotter John Lotter ... Self
Steve Goldsberry Steve Goldsberry ... Self - Cheif Deputy Sheriff
Lana Tisdel Lana Tisdel ... Self - Dated Brandon
Michelle Lotter Michelle Lotter ... Self - Brandon's Friend
Linda Gutierres Linda Gutierres ... Self - Lana's Mother
Tom Nissen Tom Nissen ... Self (as Thomas Nissen)
Jon Larson Jon Larson ... Self - Deputy Sheriff
Angie Lee Angie Lee ... Self


Documentary about Brandon Teena (aka Teena Brandon), a transgendered person, who was murdered along with two others in 1993 in rural Nebraska. The story is told through interviews with people who knew Brandon, recorded interrogation and trial transcripts, and photographs and file film footage. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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5 June 2006 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"The Brandon Teena Story" (1998): This is the documentary which inspired the film "Boys Don't Cry", about the young woman who cross-dressed as a man, and was eventually beaten, raped, and later shot to death. No, it's not a comedy. Nor will you want to live in a small town, the Midwest, on a farm, or near country-western music… but then you'll come to your senses and realize that this sort of horror can, and does, happen anywhere. Was Brandon a good kid? Not really. She was a check forging thief. Were her friends any better? It's hard to decide by the documentary, but I almost MUST believe SOMEONE was level headed and decent. Were the police effective and professional? I doubt you'll want to rely on them when you're traveling through Nebraska. Was the criminal justice system fair? Well, how do you feel about plea bargains, and rats who rat on other rats? Are there ANY people in this sad story you want to go line dancing with? I'll leave that to you. (It would be a good idea to rent "Boys Don't Cry" and watch it after "The Brandon Teena Story". Hillary Swank stars, and has "Brandon" nailed. It's a top notch film.

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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Brandon Teenan tapaus See more »

Filming Locations:

Falls City, Nebraska, USA See more »


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$11,281, 27 September 1998

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