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Dream Boy (2008)

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Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s.

Director:

James Bolton

Writers:

James Bolton, Jim Grimsley (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephan Bender ... Nathan Davies
Thomas Jay Ryan ... Harland Davies
Diana Scarwid ... Vivian Davies
Tom Gilroy ... Preacher John
Maximillian Roeg ... Roy (as Max Roeg)
Randy Wayne ... Burke
Owen Beckman ... Randy
Rooney Mara ... Evelyn (as Tricia Mara)
Rickie Lee Jones ... Roy's Mother
Nick Ericson Nick Ericson ... Brother Will
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Storyline

Shy and withdrawn, Nathan (played by Stephan Bender) is new to his school, unusually smart (a grade ahead) and the silent tension at home nearly unbearable. Mom, Dad, and Nathan have moved constantly, town after town, landing, inexplicably, in god-fearing "St. Francesville". Roy (played by the multi-talented Max Roeg), a year older than Nathan, confident and hard-working, drives the bus to their school while a friendship blooms between them into a relationship that is fraught with confusion and yearning. But secrets pick at the relationship, the unspoken rules of their angst-driven interactions unravel as Nathan's world again comes crashing inwards. Tension crescendos as shame and terror, stress and disaster all compete to immobilize and destroy both of their worlds. Written by Christopher Panoply

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, and some violence including a rape - involving teens | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally, director James Bolton wanted to shoot the film in Portland, Oregon, but budget limitations caused Louisiana to be chosen instead. See more »

Goofs

The Roadmaster wagon shown in the beginning of the film is a later model, as the dual tailpipes mean it has an LT1 V8 engine, which was only produced in that car from 1994 to 1996. Furthermore, it is by no means new, as it has lost most of the black side molding inserts on the passenger side. See more »

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Sunday Skin
Written by Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher
Performed by Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter
Recorded by Phil Wandscher
Additional recording and production by Randall Dunn at Aleph
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Ambitous, low-key gay love story
23 May 2011 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Shy teenager Nathan (Stephen Bender) moves into the deep South with his parents. Right next door to him is teenager Roy (Max Roeg) who is out-going and friendly. They form a friendship which quickly turns into a physical relationship. Naturally they can't tell anybody. Half way through things about Nathan become clearer--and more disturbing--and the movie gets dark.

I read the book years ago and loved it but I hated the ending cause it's so ambiguous. I bought this movie cautiously because I didn't think it could be as good as the book and I was curious HOW they would end it. Well the movie IS as good as the book. It's low-key but the book was too. Bender and Roeg perfectly play two teenage boys in love--you can see the confusion and passion in their faces. The sex scenes are very tastefully done (nothing remotely graphic) and these two are so obviously not teens it's not disturbing to watch. I also like how their kissing and having sex is treated so casually--as it should. It (sort of) retains the ambiguous ending of the book. Like I said I hated that ending but I'm glad the movie didn't change it. All the acting is good--Roeg especially. He has the wonderful actress Theresa Russell as his mom and obviously inherited her acting abilities. There's some beautiful cinematography and a good music score too. Low-key and somewhat disturbing but effective. I give it a 7.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2008 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kluk snu See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,243, 28 March 2010

Gross USA:

$6,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,534
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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