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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

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Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart. Written by Zhe

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A true story about finding the courage to be yourself.


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Rated R for violence including an intense brutal rape scene, sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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31 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Take It Like a Man  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$73,720, 10 October 1999, Limited Release

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$11,533,945, 21 May 2000
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As of 2018, features Chloë Sevigny's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

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This film is said to take place in Nebraska. When the girls are driving down the highway at night the Dallas skyline is clearly visible. See more »

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[John and Tom have pulled Brandon's pants down to show Lana that her boyfriend is biologically female, but Lana refuses to acknowledge it]
Lana: Leave him alone!
John Lotter: HIM? HIM?
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A special thanks to all of the transmen and butch dykes who helped, advised and auditioned for this project and supported the process of bringing this story to the screen. See more »

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Featured in The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) See more »

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Tuesday's Gone
Written by Allen Collins and Ronnie Van Zant
Performed by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Published by Universal-Duchess Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Longitude Music (BMI)
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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Remarkable depiction of real life drama
9 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

After finally getting the chance to see this film, I have to say it was worth the wait. Hillary Swank's performance was outstanding, she certainly deserves the golden globe she's already won and the oscar, she's sure to be nominated for. Brandon Teena was real, no questions. The director, Kimberly Pierce deserves much credit for telling the story subtlety, no black and white, he's wrong, she's right. I came away from this movie realizing the courage you have to possess to be different, the dangers from it are real and we must admire those brave enough among us to be.


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