Country Boys: A Film By David Sutherland

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Overview

Born in the mold of such sociological documentaries as Michael Apted's Up series and Stefan Jarl's Sociala Arvet, acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker David Sutherland's six-hour PBS documentary Country Boys follows the lives of two Appalachian boys, Chris Johnson and Cody Perkins, over a three-year span, as they come of age in rural eastern Kentucky between 1999 when both were 15 to 2002 when both were 18. With the two boys growing up in severely dysfunctional environments -- Perkins' father murdered his mother; ...
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Overview

Born in the mold of such sociological documentaries as Michael Apted's Up series and Stefan Jarl's Sociala Arvet, acclaimed nonfiction filmmaker David Sutherland's six-hour PBS documentary Country Boys follows the lives of two Appalachian boys, Chris Johnson and Cody Perkins, over a three-year span, as they come of age in rural eastern Kentucky between 1999 when both were 15 to 2002 when both were 18. With the two boys growing up in severely dysfunctional environments -- Perkins' father murdered his mother; Johnson's father is an alcoholic, his mother struggling to cope financially -- and both burdened with severe learning disabilities, Sutherland pulls his audience inside of each boy's life and reveals the hopes, disappointments, frustrations, and successes of his subjects as the young men broach college age.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with David Sutherland; Interviews with Chris and Cody; Deleted scenes; Music from the film; Discussion guide
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/17/2006
  • UPC: 841887006255
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 5:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 70,496

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
David Sutherland Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Country Boys
1. Introduction [3:35]
2. Their Stories [6:59]
3. Cody's Temper [5:54]
4. Different Families [3:44]
5. The Newspaper [6:26]
6. Cody [6:00]
7. Partners [4:08]
8. Religion [3:14]
9. Winter Graduation [3:16]
10. "It's a Condom" [4:55]
11. Chris Backs Down [3:47]
12. Christmas [2:48]
13. Hustling for the Paper [1:32]
14. Tattoos and Nicotine [2:58]
15. Complications [4:36]
16. Mountain Walk [5:25]
17. Final Stretch [3:12]
18. The Move [5:04]
19. End of the Year [6:25]
20. The Final Straw [5:14]
21. Spring Graduation [6:07]
22. Megaworship [7:04]
23. Rosanna [4:13]
2. Introduction [4:46]
3. Darwin vs. Religion [3:05]
4. "There Is No Normal Family" [4:03]
5. The Choir [3:28]
6. Cody's Surrogate Family [5:58]
7. "Can You Help Me Out?" [5:39]
8. Ecstasy and Agony [5:32]
9. Christmas [10:22]
10. Randall Rules the Roost [4:42]
11. Lover's Spat [3:18]
12. Chris: Working Man [5:05]
13. Cody: Left Behind [4:16]
14. Kim: Big Trouble [4:29]
15. "Everything Was Crashing Before My Eyes" [6:36]
16. Hopefully Things Will Work Out [4:40]
17. Independence [3:59]
18. Cody's Ill-Fated Visit [5:28]
19. Mary [7:50]
20. Taking Care of Business [3:32]
21. "You Just Broke My Heart" [6:40]
22. Angels Like You [5:51]
Disc #2 -- Country Boys
1. Introduction [5:27]
2. Chris Starts Over [3:20]
3. Guidance [4:43]
4. The Ged [4:18]
5. The Rock [6:52]
6. Living Single [5:13]
7. Future In-Laws [3:22]
8. The Future [5:48]
9. Getting Focus [9:01]
10. Chris' Graduation [13:55]
11. I've Got More Than One Family Now [4:06]
12. The Act [3:16]
13. Unconditional Love [3:58]
14. "That's What Buddies Are For" [5:29]
15. Everything's Going to Be Alright [6:28]
16. Goodbye, Dad [2:45]
17. "Valevictorian" [5:08]
18. The Trip [:33]
19. Cody's Graduation [4:06]
20. The Road Ahead [4:52]
1. Origins of Country Boys [4:45]
2. David Sutherland - Before I Was a Filmmaker [2:26]
3. Cody [3:08]
4. Chris [2:02]
5. Appalachia [3:08]
6. Mentors [3:45]
7. Cody Talks About Religion [6:02]
8. Getting Married [1:53]
9. My Father [4:50]
10. The Future [2:38]
11. The Next Film [2:46]
1. Early Classroom Scenes [3:17]
2. Cody and Jessica at Stumbo Park [1:36]
3. Ray Plays at the Mountain Arts Center [3:12]
4. Chris in Appalachian Studies Class [4:07]
5. Chris Student Teacher Meeting [8:11]
6. Cody and Friends at Jenny Wiley State Park [2:26]
7. Notre Dame Students Visit & Chris Johnson Sword Fight Demo [7:54]
8. Cody and Jessica's Wedding [3:34]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Country Boys
   Play Part 1
   Play Part 2
   Scene Selections
      Part 1 - Scene Selections
      Part 2 - Scene Selections
   PBS Online
Disc #2 -- Country Boys
   Play Part 3
   Scene Selections
      Part 3 - Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Interviews With David Sutherland, Chris & Cody
         Interviews
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      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
      Music From the Film
         Play All
         Ray Riddle
            Country Boys (In E)
            Angels Like You
            Take Me Back
            Old Piece of Paper
            I Lie Here in Silence
            Country Boy (In C)
         Be Good Tanyas
            In My Time of Dying
         Seth Justman
            Blue River Stomp
            Goin' to the Well
            Midnight and Coal Dust
      Music Video: "This Old Highway" By Ray Riddle
      Country Boys Community Engagement Campaign: Discussion Guide (PDF)
      The Farmer's Wife Trailer
   PBS Online
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Documentary

    I really got hooked on this documentary when it aired on PBS. Its a heart felt story about two boys that have the odds stacked against them. Both have learning disabilities and come from dysfunctional families but I really was shocked when Chris graduated from high school. He had the biggest learning disability, not believing in his self. My friends and I wwre so happy when he graduated, we though a keg party!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!!

    I saw this documentary when it was shown earlier this year on PBS & I am still thinking about Chris & Cody & wonder how they're doing. I can't express how much this film touched me. It's a magnificent piece of work. Thank you, David Sutherland, AND Chris & Cody!

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