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Boyhood (2014)

R | | Drama | 15 August 2014 (USA)
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The life of Mason, from early childhood to his arrival at college.

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Richard Linklater
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 173 wins & 210 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellar Coltrane ... Mason
Patricia Arquette ... Olivia
Elijah Smith ... Tommy
Lorelei Linklater ... Samantha
Steven Chester Prince ... Ted (as Steven Prince)
Bonnie Cross Bonnie Cross ... Teacher
Sydney Orta Sydney Orta ... Elementary School Girl (as Sidney Orta)
Libby Villari ... Grandma
Ethan Hawke ... Dad
Marco Perella ... Professor Bill Welbrock
Jamie Howard Jamie Howard ... Mindy
Andrew Villarreal Andrew Villarreal ... Randy
Shane Graham ... Neighborhood Friend #1
Tess Allen ... Neighborhood Friend #2
Ryan Power Ryan Power ... Paul
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Storyline

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason's parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, BOYHOOD charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. BOYHOOD is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. Written by IFC Films

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12 years in the making

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including sexual references, and for teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

15 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled 12 Year Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$387,618, 13 July 2014

Gross USA:

$25,352,281

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,495,281
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When the Astros player hits a home run during the scene at the baseball game, Ethan Hawke can be heard asking "You got that?" before cutting himself off before the camera pans to him, presumably asking Richard Linklater if the cameras are rolling. See more »

Goofs

When Jim is berating Mason over the nail polish, Mason's left hand stays in the same position on his right arm, but his right hand moves between shots. See more »

Quotes

Dad: Have you heard of Sarah Palin?
Samantha: Yes.
Dad: What's the one thing you know about Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter?
Samantha: She's pregnant.
Dad: That's right and what is the one thing you are *not* going to be in a couple of years when you turn 17?
Samantha: Pregnant?
Dad: That's right. All right now, what are the two ways that you can achieve that goal? First is... not have any sex, okay, that's the first way, okay, just not engage in that that did not work out very well for your mother and me; and what's the second way?
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Soundtracks

Hero
Written by Joe Keefe
Performed by Family of the Year
Published by Peermusic III LTD (BMI) on behalf of Joseph Keefe Music
Courtesy of FOTY, LLC
Under exclusive license to Nettwerk Productions, Ltd.
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A Miracle Of Sorts
1 March 2015 | by totalwonderSee all my reviews

If this film is not a miracle of sorts, then, I don't know what is. Time is the plot, yes, and it overtakes without us noticing when or how and the next stop is "my f"%&ing funeral" Patricia Arquette gives "Boyhood" its palpitating heart. It reminded me and confirmed that the future is female and that Patricia Arquette is one of the greatest actresses that ever lived. That incident with her Mexican laborer and its consequences (I don't want to give away too much) are one of the many gems this miracle of a movie exposes. Ethan Hawke, heartbreaking, funny, enormously real and then, Lorelei Linklater, beautiful, unique. Ellar Coltrane...where do I start here? I hope he knows that the truth and beauty of his creation, touched, transformed and enlightened anyone who came to meet you with an open heart. Firstly and lastly, Richard Linklater...he's been a hero mine for a long time but now, he's in a place that I reserve only for him. Artist, adventurer, explorer, storyteller, miracle worker. His film, for us who look from the outside, is a hymn to family, friendship, loyalty and cinema. Thank you sir, thank you all.


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