Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry

4.5 23
Director: Kimberly Peirce

Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard

     
 

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Despite a great deal of critical praise and an Oscar for star Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry did not perform well at the box office, grossing only $20 million worldwide. Perhaps as a result, the DVD release was given run-of-the-mill treatment. The disc does contain extras, although there's nothing here aside from the film itself that would be of particularSee more details below

Overview

Despite a great deal of critical praise and an Oscar for star Hilary Swank, Boys Don't Cry did not perform well at the box office, grossing only $20 million worldwide. Perhaps as a result, the DVD release was given run-of-the-mill treatment. The disc does contain extras, although there's nothing here aside from the film itself that would be of particular interest to collectors. Most important is the director's commentary track, which is easily the high point of the extras package. Director Kimberly Peirce is very direct and to the point, talking at length not only about her filmmaking methods and techniques but also about the film's main character, Teena Brandon. The remaining extras are trailers (teaser, theatrical, and three TV spots) and the standard five-minute featurette, which contains very brief comments from Peirce and various cast members. The technical quality of the disc works in its favor and helps relieve the mediocrity of the extras; there is a nicely balanced 5.1 digital soundtrack that, while never really kicking into overdrive (it's not that kind of film), does manage to make good use of the rear channels on occasion. Also present is a Dolby Surround Sound track for those without digital capability. The film's visual transfer is also more than satisfactory, featuring even flesh tones, crisp lines, and deep black; there is no noise or graininess, and the DVD has been anamorphically enhanced at 1.85:1.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
With what was possibly the most acclaimed independent debut film since Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, first-time director Kimberly Peirce paints an unforgettable portrait of small-town doldrums and gender identity crisis, using the harrowing tale of Teena Brandon, a young Nebraska girl who successfully passed herself off as a male, resulting in a violent attack on her life. Expertly realized by Peirce, the film is straightforward, uncompromised filmmaking, and smartly removes any traces of martyrdom or cheap sentiment in exploring its fascinating lead case study. More than any film about gender identity preceding it, Boys doesn't resort to needless exposition in order to translate the story to the uninitiated. This factor is best actualized by the film's sterling cast, including Hilary Swank in a mesmerizing, dexterous performance as Brandon; Chloe Sevigny, heartbreaking and faultless as Brandon's love interest; and Peter Sarsgaard, hypnotically and believably menacing as one of Brandon's eventual assailants. In a robust Best Actress victory, lead actress Swank managed to beat perennial favorite Annette Bening to the Oscar podium in 1999, proving that being a relatively new talent to motion pictures was by no means a deterrent to the recognition of her significant achievement. (Many noted that not since Simone Signoret's win for 1959's Room at the Top had an actress in an independently-produced film received the statuette.) The events of Boys are also covered in a documentary film about the same subject, The Brandon Teena Story, which recounts some material in a different light.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/18/2000
UPC:
0024543001737
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Featurette; Director's commentary; Original theatrical trailer; TV Spots

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hilary Swank Brandon Teena
Chloë Sevigny Lana
Peter Sarsgaard John
Brendan Sexton Marvin Thomas 'Tom' Nissen
Alison Folland Kate
Alicia Goranson Candace
Matt McGrath Lonny
Rob Campbell Brian
Jeanetta Arnette Lana's Mom
Lou Perryman Sheriff

Technical Credits
Kimberly Peirce Director,Screenwriter
Kerry Barden Casting
Andy Bienen Screenwriter
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Victoria Farrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Tracy S. Granger Editor
John Hart Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Caroline Kaplan Executive Producer
Pamela Koffler Executive Producer
Eva Kolodner Producer
Nathan Larson Score Composer
Jennifer McNamara Casting
Mack Melson Sound/Sound Designer
Lee Percy Editor
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Jeff Sharp Producer
Michael Shaw Production Designer
Bradford Simpson Associate Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Morton Swinsky Co-producer
Christine Vachon Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Boys Don't Cry
1. The New Boy (Main Titles) [5:21]
2. Lincoln, Nebraska 1993 [5:55]
3. Falls City [3:23]
4. Lana [3:26]
5. Bumper-Skiing [4:07]
6. Lana's Life [6:45]
7. The Morning Routine [3:22]
8. Lana's Family [5:00]
9. Wall People [5:00]
10. No Impulse Control [4:32]
11. A Kiss Goodbye [4:17]
12. Brandon's Choise [3:08]
13. Lovers [6:03]
14. Brandon's Birthday [5:27]
15. Our Own Trailer Park [1:49]
16. A Messed-up Chick [4:52]
17. Where's Lana? [4:18]
18. Are You a Girl? [3:59]
19. The Full Flesh [4:00]
20. The Rape [11:37]
21. Together [1:45]
22. John's Justice [8:14]
23. I'll Be Waiting... [3:51]
24. Epilogue (End Titles) [3:05]

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