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Boys Don't Cry (1999)

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Hilary Swank Hilary Swank
Brandon Teena
Chloë Sevigny Chloë Sevigny
Lana Tisdel
Peter Sarsgaard Peter Sarsgaard
John Lotter
Brendan Sexton III Brendan Sexton III
Tom Nissen
Alicia Goranson Alicia Goranson
Candace
Jeannetta Arnette Jeannetta Arnette
Lana's Mom
Rob Campbell Rob Campbell
Brian


Written by
Kimberly Peirce Kimberly Peirce
(written by)
Andy Bienen Andy Bienen
(written by)


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As fascinating as it is darkly disturbing

8 years, 9 months ago at Jan 14 3:53
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"You want your mother to lock you up again, is that it? Is that what you want? Then why don't you just admit your a dyke?"

Based on actual events, the critically-acclaimed Boys Don't Cry tells the heartbreaking true story of a young woman suffering from a "sexual identity crisis". 20-year-old Teena Brandon (Swank) does not perceive herself as a woman. She sexually desires other fema... read more

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10 years, 7 months ago at Mar 7 16:22
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this movie is so sad. i just cant lebive tht there are ppl out there who judge otherppl on how they want to live thier lifes. im going to admit tht this movie made me cry. this just proves tht this world has a lot of hate and not enough of understanding to go around for those how are misunderstode. if dont likfe this move then u have no heart. if a girl wants to be a guy let them. if a guy wants t... read more

Very depressing film with tragic conclusion...

8 years, 10 months ago at Dec 9 2:02
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This film totally blew me away. This is one of the single most powerful films that have ever been made. There are a lot of powerful films that I love but there aren't that many which I could probably watch over and over again. I am glad to say that this is one of them that I could. I knew I needed to have a clear mind of what to expect with this film but it was too horrific to not like. This was a... read more
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Description: When Brandon Teena, a young man with an infectious, aw-shucks grin and an angelic face that's all angles, wanders into Falls City, Nebraska, he takes to the town like it's a second skin. In little time he's fallen in with a gang of goofy if temperamental redneck boys, found himself a girlfriend, and befriended enough people to form something of a small family. In fact, it's the best time Brandon's ever had. However, there are shadows looming over Brandon's life: a court date for grand theft auto, a checkered criminal record, and a seemingly innocuous speeding ticket that could prove to be his undoing. Why? Because as it turns ou ... (more)
Release date: 31 March 2000
UPC: 024543001737
Tags: Drama (32), Crime (19), Murder (16), 1990s (15), Transgender (14), 1999 (12), Based On True Story (11), Rape (10), Violence (9), Hate Crime (9), Lesbian (9), Love (9), Glbt (8), Nebraska (7), Based On A True Story (6), Tragedy (6), Self Mutilation (5), Dysfunctional Family (5), Romance (5), Gender Confusion (4)
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