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The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)

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A group of Catholic school friends, after being caught drawing an obscene comic book, plan a heist that will outdo their previous prank and make them local legends.

Director:

Peter Care

Writers:

Chris Fuhrman (book), Jeff Stockwell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Francis Doyle
Kieran Culkin ... Tim Sullivan
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Father Casey
Jena Malone ... Margie Flynn
Jake Richardson ... Wade Scalisi
Tyler Long Tyler Long ... Joey Anderson
Jodie Foster ... Sister Assumpta
Arthur Bridgers ... Donny Flynn (as Arthur Bridges)
Scott Simpson ... Newsie
Melissa McBride ... Mrs. Doyle
Michael Harding ... Mr. Doyle (as Mike Harding)
Chandler McIntyre Chandler McIntyre ... Naturalist
Jeffrey West Jeffrey West ... Professor Sullivan
Yvonne Erickson ... Mrs. Sullivan
Nicky Olson Nicky Olson ... Colin Gibbney
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Storyline

In mid-1970s Savannah, two bright but rebellious boys, Francis Doyle and Tim Sullivan, fight boredom, hormones and harsh teachers as they struggle to find something meaningful beyond the walls of their parish school. Francis, an exceptional artist whose imaginative forays into a fictional universe of good and evil fill his notebooks with comic-book imagery, creates a netherworld of superhero alter egos for the two boys. When the ultra-strict Sister Assumpta seizes their artwork one day, the boys embark upon an obsessed trail of revenge that ultimately changes their lives. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Forgive me father, for I am 14. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content and youth substance use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocent Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,000, 16 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,779,284, 10 November 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Jena Malone with Jodie Foster after Contact (1997), where both played the younger and older version of Ellie Arroway. See more »

Goofs

When Francis is purchasing a comic book at the magazine stand, several comics on the rack (The Punisher, Namor, Nocturne & Quasar) are from the 1990s although the film is set in the 1970s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Francis Doyle: Tell me again why we're doing this.
Tim: Homework, Francis. Your future's built on it.
Francis Doyle: [whispered] Right.
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Connections

Features The Woody Woodpecker Show (1957) See more »

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Stoned
Performed by Josh Homme (as Josh Homme)
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17 August 2002 | by blodkinSee all my reviews

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys is probably my favorite book of all time. Jena Malone is unbearably cute. This was without a doubt the most disappointing moviegoing experience of my life. Kiernan Culkin and Malone both turned in good performances, but the movie was lacking in too many areas to mention them all. Bottom line, read the book, or rent this movie in a few months (if you can find it) only to admire Jena Malone and the fairly interesting animation from that guy who did "Spawn." The character interaction was horrible, the story was muddled and unrealistic, and what was an amazing novel is now a pointless movie...I've been wanting to make a film out of this book for years, and now its been done and destroyed. It's a damn travesty if I've ever seen one.


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