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Boys Don't Cry ()


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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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Brandon Teena
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Lana Tisdel
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John Lotter
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Tom Nissen
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Candace
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Kate
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Lana's Mom
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Brian
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Lonny
Cheyenne Rushing ...
Nicole
Robert Prentiss ...
Trucker
Josh Ridgway ...
Kwik Stop Cashier
Craig Erickson ...
Trucker in Kwik Stop
Stephanie Sechrist ...
April
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Judge
Lou Perryman ...
Sheriff
Lisa Renee Wilson ...
Pam (as Lisa Wilson)
Jackson Kane ...
Sam Phillips
Joseph Gibson ...
Tom
Michael Tripp ...
Nerdy Teen
Shana McClendon ...
Girl in Car
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Nurse
Paige Carl Griggs ...
Dave - Deputy
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Clerk
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Teena Brandon's Father (uncredited)
Chad Briley ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Kiss (uncredited)
Christophe Dahlkvist ...
Truck Driver (uncredited)
Taylor Eaves ...
Toddler (uncredited)
Michelle Fairbanks ...
Girl in Car (uncredited)
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Lester - Restraining Order Guy (uncredited)
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Deputy (uncredited)
Robert A. Steffenino ...
Bartender (uncredited)
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Valley Girl (uncredited)

Directed by

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Kimberly Peirce

Written by

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Kimberly Peirce ... (written by) &
Andy Bienen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jill Footlick ... line producer
John Hart ... producer
Caroline Kaplan ... executive producer
Pamela Koffler ... executive producer
Eva Kolodner ... producer
Jon Marcus ... line producer: additional photography, New York
Jonathan Sehring ... executive producer
Jeffrey Sharp ... producer
Brad Simpson ... associate producer (as Bradford Simpson)
John Sloss ... executive producer
Morton Swinsky ... co-producer (as Mort Swinsky)
Christine Vachon ... producer

Music by

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Nathan Larson

Cinematography by

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Jim Denault

Film Editing by

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Tracy Granger
Lee Percy

Editorial Department

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Matthew Ballen ... post-production intern
Janna Bilski ... post-production intern
Marc Bruni ... post-production intern (as Mark Bruni)
Gabrielle Demeestere ... post-production intern
Emily Digiacomo ... post-production intern
Ryan Ganimian ... post-production intern
Joe Graceffa ... post-production intern
Rebecca Green ... post-production intern
Fred Grinstein ... post-production intern
Michelle Harrison ... associate editor
Elizabeth Heeden ... second conform assistant editor (as Elizabeth R. Heeden)
Kit Hui ... post-production assistant
Irene Kassow ... first assistant editor
Jonathan Kaye ... second conform assistant editor (as Jonatan Kaye)
Marc Landers ... post-production intern
Jordan Leff ... post-production intern
Addison MacDonald ... post-production intern (as Addison Macdonald)
Berndt Mader ... post-production intern
Aleeza Marashlian ... post-production intern
Dennis McNeill ... color timer
Daishiro Narita ... post-production assistant
Andy Newcomer ... post-production intern
Tina Pacheco ... first assistant editor
Maxime Pardo ... post-production intern
Seyi Peter-Thomas ... post-production intern
Cecile Rebbot ... post-production intern
Olivia Relova ... post-production intern
Sebastien Robeis ... post-production intern
April Roth ... post-production intern
Jennifer Ruff ... avid support
Lousine Shamamian ... apprentice editor
Michael Sledd ... post-production intern
Patricia Sztaba ... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba ... negative cutter (as Stan)
Laura Weinberg ... conform assistant editor
Virginia Williams ... post-production intern
Tanya Yokum ... post-production intern
John McNulty ... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Ken Rubenfeld ... dailies colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Kerry Barden
Billy Hopkins
Jennifer McNamara
Suzanne Smith

Production Design by

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Michael Shaw

Art Direction by

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Shawn Carroll

Costume Design by

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Vicki Farrell ... (as Victoria Farrell)

Makeup Department

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Angela Angel ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Jane Choi ... key makeup artist: additional photography, New York
Jeff Francis ... hair stylist: Ms. Sevigny, additional photography, New York
Kalen Hoyle ... makeup artist
Renee Lecuyer ... key hair stylist (as Renee Le Cuyer) / key makeup artist (as Renee Le Cuyer) / key makeup effects (as Renee Le Cuyer)
Kerrie R. Plant ... key hair stylist: additional photography, New York (as Kerrie Plant) / makeup stylist: additional photography, New York (as Kerrie Plant)
Nicki Ledermann ... makeup consultant (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jon Marcus ... unit production manager: additional photography, New York
Rachel Peters ... executive in charge of production: Hart Sharp
Katie Roumel ... executive in charge of production: Killer Films
Jamie H. Zelermyer ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Alfie Kiernan ... second assistant director
W. Alex Korp ... second second assistant director
Jim LaClair ... first assistant director (as Jim Laclair)
Jay Richard Piro ... first assistant director: additional photography, New York (as Jay Piro)
Jeanine Rohn ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Phyllis Detrich ... property master
Sherief Elkatsha ... set dresser: additional photography, New York
Jimmy Estrada ... assistant props (as Jimmy Joe Estrada)
Lynn A. Johanson ... leadperson
Lissa Murphy ... set dresser (as Lisa Murphy)
Amy Beth Silver ... art director: additional photography, New York (as Amy Silver)
Andrea Stanley ... art director: additional photography, New York
Debra Sugarman ... set dresser
Sarah J. Thompson ... set dresser
Minda Work ... leadperson

Sound Department

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Gina Alfano ... adr editor
Jeremy Brill ... sound intern
Eric A. Christoffersen ... sound consultant: Dolby (as Eric Christoffersen)
Robert Fernandez ... re-recording mixer
Sean Garnhart ... sound effects editor
Lewis Goldstein ... supervising sound editor
Matthew Haasch ... foley engineer
Alex Herrera ... boom operator (as Alex A. Herrera)
William Kozy ... sound mixer: additional photography, New York
Hal Levinsohn ... adr editor (as Hal Levinson)
Mack Melson ... production sound mixer
Cate Montana ... sound intern
Igor Nikolic ... assistant editor
Glenfield Payne ... sound effects editor
Jay Peck ... foley artist
Will Ralston ... foley supervisor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Jac Rubenstein ... dialogue editor
Matthew C. Beville ... adr mixer (uncredited)
Kate Eales ... background sound editor (uncredited)
Sean Garnhart ... sound designer (uncredited)
Will Ralston ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)
Eric Thompson ... adr mixer (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Jack Bennett ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Mark Dornfeld ... optical effects: Custom Film Effects
Vincent Lavares ... digital asset manager (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki ... optical camera (uncredited)

Stunts

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Tim Buchanan ... stunts
Jeremy Hill ... stunts (as Jeramy Hill)
Ben Loggins ... stunt coordinator
Diane Towery ... stunts
Russell Towery ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Troy Anderson ... third electric
Joe Arcidiacono ... director of photography: additional photography, New York
Paul Armstrong ... additional camera assistant
Rhett Bakke ... second assistant camera
Hugo Bonilla ... best boy grip: additional photography, New York
John Cadenhead ... third grip (as John T. Cadenhead III)
Claire F. Cario ... first assistant camera (as Claire Cario)
Elizabeth Cassinelli ... best boy electric (as Elizabeth Casinelli)
Jack Cocker ... grip/electric swing
Christopher Davis ... additional electric
Lance Dooley ... additional swing
James D. Faust ... additional electric (as Jhames D. Faust)
Hank Fischer ... grip/electric swing
Tom Graybael ... first assistant camera: second unit, Dallas (as Tom 'Barney' Graybael)
Matthew Hale ... best boy grip (as Matthew D. Hale)
Carrie Huff ... additional grip
Daniel Jacob ... additional electric (as Daniel Jacobs)
Ruben Levins ... camera production assistant: second unit, Dallas
Russell Lindsay ... additional grip
Seth Loft ... key grip: additional photography, New York
Bill Matlock ... still photographer
Brian McKee ... key grip
Scott Miller ... gaffer / gaffer: additional photography, New York
Michael Mizell ... best boy electric: additional photography, New York
Eric Montes ... additional grip
Nathan O'Neal ... camera loader
John Pirozzi ... director of photography: time-lapse photography
Chris Reynolds ... additional camera assistant
Antonio Rossi ... first assistant camera: additional photography, New York
James Soward ... additional electric
Seamus Tierney ... additional electric
Joshua Van Praag ... grip/electric swing
Matt Walters ... additional grip
Sebastian Widmann ... camera loader: additional photography, New York
John Wilcox ... additional swing (as John 'J.D.' Wilcox)
Jason May ... grip (uncredited)
Paul S. Shapiro ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Emily Abt ... extras casting assistant
Elizabeth Beck ... extras casting director
Mark Bennett ... casting assistant: New York
Deborah Maxwell Dion ... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Amy Grappell ... casting director: local

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sarah Beers ... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography, New York
Mary McCormick ... seamstress
Michelle Elaine Teague ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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John Cadenhead ... location manager
Judson Davenport ... location production assistant
Tony Estrada ... location scout
Andrea Friedman ... additional location manager
Sherri Lennon ... location manager
Pamela Mount ... location scout
Bill Perkins ... location production assistant
Mark Shelby ... location scout

Music Department

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Jim Dunbar ... executive music producer
Christopher S. Parker ... music clearances (as Chris Parker)
Randall Poster ... music supervisor
Allan Zaleski ... music editor

Transportation Department

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Marty Carrington ... driver
Robert C. Fite ... driver
Wally Welch ... driver
Jeff Milburn ... picture car mechanic (uncredited)

Other crew

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Laird Adamson ... assistant: Christine Vachon
Aaron Bartz ... production assistant
Paul Brennan ... legal services: Sloss Law
Peter Burns ... assistant: John Hart
Ronnie Butler ... security
Terry K. Cahill ... security
George Camarda ... script supervisor: additional photography, New York
Rachel Dawson ... production office coordinator: additional photography, New York
Stephen Dupree ... production assistant
Barak Epstein ... intern
Dee Evans ... production office coordinator
Mark M. Faulkner ... security
Tommy Garrett ... security
Kyle Gross ... security
Jeremy Haak ... intern (as Jeremy Slade Haak)
Gabriel Harris ... production assistant: additional photography, New York
Beverly G. Hendley ... security
Jeff Hill ... publicist
Gates Houp ... production assistant
Susanne Jones ... travel
Louis Katz ... physician: New York (as Louis Katz MD)
Kim Kyle ... intern
Maria Lee ... intern
Joni Linton ... script supervisor: second unit, Dallas
Jennifer Lobban ... accounting intern / production intern
Ann Marsland ... office production assistant
Jen McGowan ... production assistant: additional photography, New York (as Jennifer McGowan)
Gerald Michaelson ... physician: California (as Gerald Michaelson MD)
Randy Miears ... key set production assistant
Susan R. Millard ... security
Ross Miller ... insurance: D.R. Reiff And Associates
Leora Mohr ... assistant production office coordinator (as Leora Backer)
David O ... production assistant
Roman Ostrowski ... physician: New York (as Roman Ostrowski MD)
Michael Raines ... production assistant
Jack Pettibone Riccobono ... production assistant: additional photography, New York (as Jack Ricobono)
Pamela Richardson ... script supervisor
Stanton Grant Richardson ... security
Cody Rogers ... office production assistant / set medic
Bob Roizman ... projectionist: additional photography, New York
Ben Schoen ... titles: Scarlet Letters
Paula Schoen ... physician: California (as Paula Shoen MD)
M.K. Shaw ... production accountant
Fred Siegel ... tax accountant (as Fred Siegel CPA)
Anitra K-M Smith ... office production assistant
Maya Stowe ... assistant: Kim Peirce
Paul Worrel ... physician: Texas (as Paul Worrel MD)
Jason Zampino ... production assistant: additional photography, New York
Sarah Nean Bruce ... production advisor (uncredited)
Robert P. Campbell ... product placement (uncredited)
Bobby Shue ... intern (uncredited)
Dylan Verrechia ... assistant: Kim Peirce (uncredited)

Thanks

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Rob Albright ... thanks
Lynn Auerbach ... thanks
Consuelo Saah Baehr ... thanks
Tonyee Barretonetto ... thanks
Kate Bornstein ... thanks
Nancy Brody ... thanks
Sarah Nean Bruce ... thanks: Dallas/Fort Worth Film Commission (as Sara Bruce-Craft)
Eliza Byard ... thanks
Lorne Cameron ... thanks (as Loren Cameron)
Mark Christopher ... thanks: for development in the film's initial stages
Dan Cowherd ... thanks
DeMane Davis ... thanks (as Demane Davis)
Lenore Dekoven ... thanks
Esther Drill ... thanks
Huong Duong ... thanks
Nicole Eisenman ... thanks
Alli Farrell ... thanks (as Ali Farrell)
Tony Faulkner ... thanks
Daphne Fitzpatrick ... thanks
Ellen Franning ... thanks
Alison Froling ... thanks
Linda Gutierres ... thanks
Lori E. Seid ... thanks (as Lori E. Side)
Lana Tisdel ... thanks
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A true story about finding the courage to be yourself. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Take It Like a Man (United States)
  • Dečki nikad ne plaču (Croatia)
  • Dečaci ne plaču (Serbia)
  • Os rapazes Não Choram (Portugal)
  • Los muchachos no lloran (Mexico)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $73,720, 10 Oct 1999

Did You Know?

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Trivia When Hilary Swank was living as a man to prepare for the role of Brandon Teena, her neighbors believed that the young man coming and going from Swank's home (Swank in male character) was her visiting brother. See more »
Goofs At Brandon's birthday party, John sits down by Brandon, and Brandon's cigarette jumps from behind his left ear to his right and back between shots. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Superstar/Random Hearts/Boys Don't Cry/The Limey/Romance (1999). See more »
Soundtracks Just What I Needed See more »
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 »
Quotes Lana: Shut up. That's your business. Look, I don't care if you're half monkey or half ape, I'm gettin' you out of here.
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