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The Brandon Teena Story (1998)

Documentary about a multiple murder in rural Nebraska in 1993.

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Susan Muska, Gréta Olafsdóttir (as Greta Olafsdottir)
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Cast

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

Zeitgeist Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brandon Teenan tapaus See more »

Filming Locations:

Falls City, Nebraska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,281, 27 September 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,999, 1 November 1998
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Bless Bless Productions See more »
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Color
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Not a perfect documentary but tells a compelling story...
19 March 2000 | by chas77See all my reviews

I just watched this on video last night, after having seeing "Boys Don't Cry" in the theaters a few weeks ago. This is the perfect companion piece for that movie which, though fictionalized in some aspects, treats the story pretty well. Where "The Brandon Teena" story suffers is in its failure to completely document Teena's pre Fall City lifestyle. We know Teena left Lincoln, Nebraska but we aren't given a more clear picture of his/her life there. For instance, while the mother is interviewed, what about the father? Was there one? Why didn't the mother drive down to Falls City right after she was raped? Why didn't she send her away from that town to a safe shelter, especially when the two perps were given their freedom? Didn't anyone think that John and Tom would try to exact revenge? These questions are never answered. One gets the feeling that Teena, aside from having a "sexual identity crisis" as she puts it, was an incredibly tortured soul, one who couldn't see the forest for the trees, as the saying goes.

This film contains fascinating subject matter which isn't given as thorough attention as it deserves.


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