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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.

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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As of May 2018 it is the highest grossing New Zealand film in New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

While driving, Boy and his Dad pass a yellow warning sign. These signs were not used in New Zealand at the time of the film. See more »

Quotes

Boy: Hey, Chardonnay! Wanna see some Michael Jackson dance moves?
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Crazy Credits

The credits start with the names and roles of the three main actors and this is followed by a spoof of Michael Jackson's "Thriller", incorporating elements of the original dance (as seen on the music video) and Maori Hakas. See more »


Soundtracks

Hine e Hine
(Traditional)
Performed by The Phoenix Foundation
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Funny, moving, nostalgic, absolutely beautiful movie.
27 March 2012 | by coolhandsaxSee all my reviews

I came across this movie purely by chance whilst following links across the internet & boy am I glad I did! (If you'll excuse the pun). I've never been to NZ but have worked & socialised with plenty of Kiwis over the years & a bit of basic awareness of NZ culture (Long live the Dog!) is certainly an advantage in getting the most out of this film. However, do not despair ye of limited knowledge for there is a veritable cornucopia of every human emotion served up for your delectation that will appeal to all regardless of class, creed, health, wealth or beauty. And when the latest blockbuster rom-com/superhero/zombie/action-or- whatever flick has faded to a bland, slightly recalled, insignificance 'Boy' will still be with you. A line of dialogue, a cheeky face, a child's drawing, something will surface at the most unexpected moment that will induce a warm cosiness, a feeling of everything is going to be OK & a slightly stupid grin will probably slip onto your face. But there's the rub folks, because your chances of seeing it in your local multiplex are non-existent. TV can re-run 40 year old James Bond movies ad infinitum whilst neglecting gems like this & you will probably only be reading this review if you've already seen the film & are checking out previous work by those involved. So in the end we all lose, such a shame as, now more than ever, we need movies like these that rise above our petty daily grievances and give us all a feeling of wanting to belong to a more generous, carefree & happy society.


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