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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.

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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 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Shy and withdrawn, Nathan (played by Stephan Bender) is new to his school, unusually smart (a grade ahead) and the silent tension at home nearly unbearable.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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,319, 27 June 2010
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, expressed interest in investing in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Roy is in the barn with Nathan he puts a crate of jars onto a shelf, above Nathan's head. He stops to mention going on a camping trip to Nathan. Next you see him putting one of two sacks, which were on the ground moments ago, up onto that high shelf. The second one is up there already and the crate of jars is now pushed neatly to the left. See more »

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Written and performed by Richard Buckner
Mixed by Jon Marshall Smith
Published by Richard Buckner (BMI) administered by Bug
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Powerful and underrated film
16 February 2010 | by Figaro14See all my reviews

I began watching the film with mild interest and very quickly was drawn into the quiet intensity of the film. One must avoid any discussion of specific plot elements, which would ultimately spoil the experience of the film. It is NOT as some have called it, a "Brokeback Mountain" about teenagers. It is different. It is unique. It is beautiful photographed, sensitively told and atmospheric. I was especially impressed with the performances of Stephan Bender as Nathan and Max Roeg as Roy. While I had no idea what the exact outcome of the film would be, there is a "foreboding" that overshadows the entire story; You get clues along the way that "something is wrong." But the final 20 minutes or so will probably really surprise you. There is much more going on here that can be easily summarized in a user review or with a catch line that describes the plot's formula. I think it's the type of film that will provoke a great deal of discussion and it deserved to be released on DVD.


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