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Boys Don't Cry

  • Film
Boys Don't Cry
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Time Out Says

The grimly compelling true story of Teena Brandon, a 21-year-old Nebraskan who chose to carry herself off as a boy, 'Brandon'. When her hometown of Lincoln gets too hot, s/he picks up with a rough, rootless bunch from Fall City, including ex-con John (Sarsgaard), who has 'no impulse control', his buddy Tom (Sexton), who's into self-inflicted pain and arson, and the white trash glamour girl Lana (Sevigny). When Brandon falls in love with the latter, it's a safe bet things aren't going to work out. Like a number of Christine Vachon productions, this deals in sexual transgression and retribution, but director Peirce keeps a lid on her artier tendencies, with the focus squarely on the actors. Given Hilary Swank's brave, enthralling and Oscar-winning performance, and the dismaying power of the story, that makes a lot of sense.

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Release Details

  • Duration:118 mins

Cast and Crew

  • Director:Kimberly Peirce
  • Screenwriter:Kimberly Peirce, Andy Bienen
  • Cast:
    • Hilary Swank
    • Chloë Sevigny
    • Peter Sarsgaard
    • Brendan Sexton III
    • Alison Folland
    • Alicia Goranson
    • Matt McGrath
    • Rob Campbell
    • Jeanetta Arnette
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