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Boychoir (2014)

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After his single mother dies, a young boy with an excellent voice is sent to a prestigious choir school, and has trouble adapting to the culture of the school.

Director:

François Girard

Writer:

Ben Ripley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Hoffman ... Carvelle
Kathy Bates ... Headmistress
Eddie Izzard ... Drake
Kevin McHale ... Wooly
Josh Lucas ... Gerard
Debra Winger ... Ms. Steel
Garrett Wareing ... Stet
Joe West Joe West ... Devon
River Alexander ... Raffi
Sam Poon ... Frederick
Dante Soriano Dante Soriano ... Fernando
Erica Piccininni ... Debbie
Grant Venable Grant Venable ... Andre
Janine DiVita ... Sally
Tijuana Ricks ... Mrs. Kempner
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Storyline

Stet, a troubled and angry 11-year-old orphan from a small Texas town, ends up at a Boy Choir school back East after the death of his single mom. Completely out of his element, he finds himself in a battle of wills with a demanding Choir Master who recognizes a unique talent in this young boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music. Written by Informant Media

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Extraordinary talent needs extraordinary inspiration. See more »

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Drama | Music

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2015 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Hear My Song See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,135,892
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to extras on the set, namely members of the real Boychoir, Dustin Hoffman was horrendous at conducting in real life. So much so that a real conductor had to lay in front of him - off camera - and conduct the Boys properly. Apparently Mr. Hoffman has no rhythm. See more »

Goofs

Most of the music in this film is altered from its original versions, in some cases ending up dramatically different. Handel's Coronation Anthem, "Zadok the Priest", for example, is sung for about sixteen bars, when the audience suddenly applauds, some four or five minutes before the authentic piece would have been finished. Very few of these modifications were noted in the credits as "arranged by . . ." Speaking of poor Handel, his name is listed in the credits several times (the film score uses several of his works) as "Georges Friedrich Handel". Why would the French spelling of "George" be used? Handel was German, writing most of his music in England and Ireland. (Even the French-language Wikipedia page lists him as George, with the German alternative of Georg also noted.) And the reference to his "Alleluia" from Messiah borders on criminal. Everyone knows - or certainly should know in a production like this that strives to appear "classical" - that the piece was titled "Hallelujah" in every creditable published edition. See more »

Quotes

Master Carvelle: And now gentlemen, the note on the page. The high D.
[Boys attempt it]
Master Carvelle: Not even close, but whoever hits it first sings lead treble in New York.
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A special movie that works
5 September 2014 | by dylanvonzhangSee all my reviews

Watched the movie on the 2nd day of TIFF 2014.

Before the movie, the director and several actors showed up and talked about the movie.

Dustin Huffman said,"it's a special movie, we hear that a lot. But you know films can be special and not work. And it can be special and work.... Hope you enjoy."

I did enjoy the movie. It flows very naturally and smoothly. I would not say this is a great movie, but it is still a good one.

Everyone tells Stet," you have the voice. you have the talent. Don't waste it".

I guess this is the point. Do not waster your talent. NEVER.

Even if it only stays for a short period, you gotta use your gift!


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