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At Theaters: 11/19/1999 On Video: 4/18/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 119919
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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What seemed at the time like an inexplicably brutal heartland killing soon turned into something far more revealing as the true story of the killers and one of the victims emerged. For among the dead was Brandon Teena, a young man who had been in town only for a short while but had already become one of the town's most enchanting characters.
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Drama - This harrowing fact-based drama has appeal for adults, in particular young ones, who will relate most to the film's theme of finding a place in the world. Older viewers could be turned off by the film's graphic sex and violence, which makes the film wholly inappropriate for children.
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Hilary Swank (The Way We Are)
Chloe Sevigny (The Last Days of Disco)
Peter Sarsgaard (Dead Man Walking)
Brendan Sexton III (Desert Blue)
Director: Kimberly Peirce (The Last Good Breath)
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Explicit sex between two women with nudity.
VIOLENCE: Brutal, bloody beatings and shootings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use.

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Very Good
Because of its intense emotional savageness, Boys Don't Cry ranks as one of the most difficult 1999 motion pictures to sit through. It is not intended for those who are unwilling to confront the visceral results of intolerance and hatred. Director Kimberly Peirce does not spare her audience. In many ways, sitting in a theater watching this film is like observing a speeding train rushing headlong towards a certain crash. The ending, a matter of recent historical record, assures that there will be no room for an upbeat twist. Viewers observer events with a growing sense of discomfort as the inevitable catastrophe looms nearer. In her script and with her direction, Peirce has taken pains to avoid even the slightest hint of exploitation and sensationalization. Ultimately, she tells a story of great human tragedy.

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From the middle of America emerged an extraordinary double life, a complicated love story and a crime that would shatter the heartland.

In Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) was a newcomer with a future who had the small rural community enchanted. Women adored him and almost everyone who met this charismatic stranger was drawn to his charming innocence. But, Falls City's hottest date and truest friend had one secret: he wasn't the person people thought he was.

Back home in Lincoln just seventy-five miles away, Brandon Teena was a different person caught up in a personal crisis that had haunted him his entire life.

Like many young people, he made costly mistakes and when he inadvertently trespassed between his new love Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and her reckless friend John (Peter Sarsgaard), the mystery unraveled into violence.

In a single, short life Brandon Teena was at once a dashing lover and a trapped outsider, both an impoverished nobody and a flamboyant dreamer, a daring thief and the tragic victim of an unjust crime.

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