Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Taika Waititi

Writer:

Taika Waititi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Rolleston ... Boy
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu Te Aho Eketone-Whitu ... Rocky
Taika Waititi ... Alamein
Moerangi Tihore Moerangi Tihore ... Dynasty
Cherilee Martin Cherilee Martin ... Kelly
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ... Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
Haze Reweti Haze Reweti ... Dallas
Maakariini Butler Maakariini Butler ... Murray
Rajvinder Eria Rajvinder Eria ... Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia Manihera Rangiuaia ... Kingi
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ... Holden
Rachel House ... Aunty Gracey
Waihoroi Shortland Waihoroi Shortland ... Weirdo
Cohen Holloway ... Chuppa
Pana Hema Taylor ... Juju
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Storyline

It's 1984. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Welcome to my interesting world.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi. See more »

Goofs

The story takes place in 1984 with a month ending in 'ber' ( i.e. September, October, November or December) according to what is written on the classroom blackboard. Boy says that his brother Rocky is six years old. Their mother Joanie died while giving birth to Rocky. According to Joanie's tombstone, she died in April, 1977. Doing the math, that would make Rocky seven, not six. See more »

Quotes

Kingi: You're a liar, your dad's not overseas, he's in jail for robbery
Boy: Shut up Kingi, you don't know
Kingi: Yes, he's in the same cell block as my dad
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Crazy Credits

The last shot after the credits is of Leaf, the goat, walking across a dance floor where the floor lights up as he walks on it. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Boy: Outtakes (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

One Million Rainbows
(Samuel Scott (as S Scott)/Will Ricketts (as W Ricketts)/Lukasz Pawel Buda (as L Buda)/Conrad Wedde (as C Wedde)/Richie Singleton (as R Singleton)/Warner Emery (as W Emery))
Control
Performed by The Phoenix Foundation
Courtesy of The Phoenix Foundation
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Taika shows potential, as Time of Gypsies meets Silence of the - Goats
25 September 2019 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

All slums look like one another, be it Gypsy slums of Romania or South American or Indian slums, or indeed the homes of the poverty stricken Maori. Many an African American will also find a lot in common with the heroes of this movie, as theme of absent fathers are as proverbial as occasional sip of Kool Aid or a nice slice of juicy watermelon. Our Boy (pardon the pun) shows some potential. The best part of the movie comes after the ending, when Taika turns Thriller homage into a Maori dance. The movie is quite depressing, and director has not yet fully matured at the time of making this movie, as movie is occasionally painful to watch, yet some of his soulful idiosyncrasies are already present, and the movie speaks volumes about where Taiki really comes from. Worth a watch as a personal movie of author that shows potential, later vindicated, and an extra credit for after credit dance routine.


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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

North Island, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,244, 4 March 2012

Gross USA:

$256,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,551,154
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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