This Boy's Life

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Time Out says

Michael Caton-Jones's second US outing is an able adaptation of Tobias Wolff's autobiographical novel about growing up in backwoods Washington state. It's a rites-of-passage drama with the kind of period small-town setting that the director is making his own. Teenage Toby (DiCaprio, fine throughout) and mom (Barkin) leave dad and big bro' back East and motor West with high hopes of a new life. First stop Utah offers evidence of mom's unerring eye for male suitors, which is confirmed when they hightail to Washington, where she accepts some old-fashioned courting from Dwight (De Niro). She marries only to discover, too late for escape, that Dwight is a tyrant. De Niro unfolds Dwight's character by stages, and resists toppling into Cape Fear-style psychosis, but he's clearly driving in cruise gear.
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Release details

UK release:

1993

Duration:

115 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Michael Caton-Jones

Cast:

Jonah Blechman, Ellen Barkin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Eliza Dushku

Music:

Carter Burwell

Production Designer:

Stephen J Lineweaver

Editor:

Jim Clark

Cinematography:

David Watkin

Screenwriter:

Robert Getchell

Producer:

Art Linson

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