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Boy (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2010 (New Zealand)
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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.

Director:

Taika Waititi

Writer:

Taika Waititi
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Cast

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Мальчик See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,569, 23 March 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$255,179, 24 June 2012
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Boy was born in 1973. See more »

Goofs

The plastic road markers that "Boy" was playing with and bending down on the side of the road were not found anywhere in New Zealand until around 1990. The film is set 6 years earlier when wooden road markers were in use. See more »

Quotes

Dynasty: She reckons it's better to be risk your money on something big and be real poor, than sit around being a bit poor.
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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

References Falcon Crest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Aku Raukura (Disco Mix)
Written by Dalvanius Prime (as M Prime) and Ngoi Pewhairangi (as N Pewhairangi)
Control
Performed by Patea Maori Club
Courtesy of Jayrem Records
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Absolutely unmissable movie.
18 May 2010 | by debbie-willoughbySee all my reviews

Hubby and I went to see this movie last Friday and unfortunately missed the first 10 minutes as we were given the tickets by friends. We sat in a movie theatre with at least 40 people- something quite rare.

The movie drew me in straight away to the rural 80s where young Boy and his brother were growing up and meeting their father for the first time.

As the movie explored their relationship it was bitter-sweet and very humorous. All the leads acted beautifully and the story, directing and settings were very well done. It was honest, funny, compassionate, heart-wrenching, powerful and life-affirming. I'm still thinking about it days later with a grin.

I take my hat off to Mr Waititi for writing, directing and acting in this movie- its a wonderful film. Can't wait to see your next one.

All the actors were fantastic but I must mention the young Maori leads who were brilliant.


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