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The Mudge Boy (2003)

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he ... See full summary »

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Michael Burke

Writer:

Michael Burke

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Duncan Mudge
Tom Guiry ... Perry Foley (as Thomas Guiry)
Richard Jenkins ... Edgar Mudge
Pablo Schreiber ... Brent
Zachary Knighton ... Travis
Ryan Donowho ... Scotty
Meredith Handerhan ... Tonya
Beckie King ... April
Sandra Gartner Sandra Gartner ... Lydia Mudge
Tara O'Reilly Tara O'Reilly ... Emily Foley
Barbara Lloyd Barbara Lloyd ... Irene Blodgett
Sam Lloyd ... Ray Blodgett
Hannah Franzoni Hannah Franzoni ... Tracey Foley
George Woodard ... Merrit Foley
Munson Hicks Munson Hicks ... Minister
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Storyline

Sensitive, somewhat effeminate farm-boy Duncan Mudge can barely cope with grim, since Ma's death even gloomier father Edgar's manly expectations, and seeks comfort in petting a chicken he associates with his late Ma. Macho mate Perry Foley, who has it physically even harder on his dad's farm, usually comforts Duncan and defends his 'wimpiness' to their cocky ruffian mates Travis, Scotty and Brent. But although clearly attracted to gentle gentile Ducan himself, the socially unacceptable suggestion of 'sissy' homosexuality makes Perry over-react and turn on his friend. Written by KGF Vissers

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farm | fur coat | death | misfit | grief | See All (130) »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content including graphic dialogue, a rape, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyja fia See more »

Filming Locations:

Rutland, Vermont, USA See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Michael Burke developed the screenplay for the film at a Sundance Labs in 2000. Burke says of inspiration for the film: "Growing up in rural Vermont, I wanted to tell a story about a kid too sensitive for the harsh environment in which he was raised." See more »

Quotes

Perry Foley: Say it!
Perry Foley: Say you're a bitch!
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References The Magilla Gorilla Show (1964) See more »

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Disturbing but powerful
20 June 2004 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

A young farm boy (Emile Hirsch) is dealing with his mother's death and a father who acts like he doesn't even exist. He also begins to realize he's gay and attracted to another guy. How does he handle all this at once?

This is basically a character study--very quiet and slow but absolutely fascinating. You really get into this young boy's head and understand the pain he's going through. There are some very disturbing scenes (a rape and the ending) but they ARE necessary for the story. Also there's some beautiful photography and great performances by the entire cast.

Highly recommended but not for everyone.


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