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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

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Kimberly Peirce
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 38 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Swank ... Brandon Teena
Chloë Sevigny ... Lana Tisdel
Peter Sarsgaard ... John Lotter
Brendan Sexton III ... Tom Nissen
Alicia Goranson ... Candace
Alison Folland ... Kate
Jeannetta Arnette ... Lana's Mom
Rob Campbell ... Brian
Matt McGrath ... Lonny
Cheyenne Rushing Cheyenne Rushing ... Nicole
Robert Prentiss Robert Prentiss ... Trucker
Josh Ridgway Josh Ridgway ... Kwik Stop Cashier
Craig Erickson Craig Erickson ... Trucker in Kwik Stop
Stephanie Sechrist Stephanie Sechrist ... April
Jerry Haynes ... Judge
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Fox Searchlight

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Take It Like a Man See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$73,720, 10 October 1999

Gross USA:

$11,540,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,540,607
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brendan Sexton III who played Tom was very distressed when filming the rape scene which was being filmed at night, he was eventually left in tears after filming it. See more »

Goofs

Brandon's note to Candace is missing the apostrophe in "I'll". See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The double rape caused some big problems with the MPAA and had to be trimmed to avoid an NC-17 rating. The European version is more explicit (especially with the first rapist.) See more »

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Referenced in Entourage: The Boys Are Back in Town (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

That Lady 'Part 1'
Written by Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley,
O'Kelly Isley and Chris Jasper
Performed by The Isley Brothers
Published by EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of EMI Records under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Too long, too slow, just plain boring...
3 June 2001 | by witchparkingonlySee all my reviews

I just couldn't get through this movie. It was too long and painful to sit through.(Not painful as in gut-wrenching but painful as in just plain boring!) Usually I like movies based on reality but I had trouble garnering any sympathy for this bunch. I know I probably missed the best part by stopping the movie at about the 3/4 point, but I just couldn't take any more. Whether they are real or imagined it gets tiring watching people self-destruct at a snail's pace. I just didn't care what happened to them - good, bad or indifferent! It was like watching paint dry....you know there are a thousand other things you could be doing that would be more stimulating! As for the acting, it was ok. Nothing to write home about. Would I recommend this movie to anyone? Certainly, if they were having trouble sleeping! 3 out of 10


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