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
The real Lana Tisdel wasn't overly impressed with the film; though it was true that she dated Brandon, the moment Lana found out that he was transgender, she terminated the relationship then and there. Furthermore, she maintains that Brandon never proposed to her. See more »
When Lana is talking to Candace and Kate about the first time she had sex with Brandon, she throws herself down on her bed, and puts her hands on her face. Her right hand is in front of her left hand, but in the next shot, they have swapped, and her left is in front of her right. See more »
Lana, you are one cranky girl.
Yeah, well, you'd be cranky, too, Mister I'm Going To Memphis Graceland Tennessee, if you were stuck in a town where there's nothing to do but go bumper skiing and chase bats every night of your evil fucking life.
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Thanks to ... everyone who volunteered to speak about his or her experiences and help with research. See more »
The Indian Board of Censorship cut 2 minutes from the original run time.
Deleted the visuals of bare breasts of Lana while Lana and Brandon are making love.
Deleted the visuals of bare breasts of Lana in the flashback scene.
Deleted the visuals of bare breast of Lana while they make love in the car.
The visuals of John and Tom brutalizing Brandon was reduced to a flash (Length Retained: 4.00 ft).
Deleted the words "motherfucker" and "cocksucker".
The film was given an 'A' rating (adults only) with a certification number CFL/3/90/2000-MUM. See more »
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 See more »
Sensational subject matter masking a true romance
This is a very powerful, and in many ways very disturbing, film that ultimately lingers with me not for its sensational subject matter but for its tragic and rewarding love story. Here we have two troubled strangers, both horribly at odds with their surroundings, finding each other, falling in love despite the many factors against them, and finally becoming the victims of the perception of their love. Like many others, I was tremendously impressed by the performance of Hilary Swank but I think the glue that holds the film together and gives it amazing hope and humanity is Chloe Sevigny. She takes a role that could have easily fallen apart in a lesser actress's hands and gives it complexity and depth that goes well beyond the script. To watch her is a breathtaking journey. Watch the way she uses her face in this movie this is an actress of remarkable expressiveness and skill! Overall, it is a very fine film that merits any serious moviegoer's rapt attention.
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