The Mudge Boy

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Overview

Writer/director Michael Burke makes his feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama The Mudge Boy. Known as a weird kid, Duncan Mudge Emile Hirsch is a naïve 14-year-old farm boy with an aging father, Edgar Richard Jenkins, and very little social life. When Duncan's mother suddenly dies, he develops a strange fascination with her clothes, speaks in her voice, and spends his time with his pet chicken. His father and the other people in the town just don't understand his behavior, while the other kids make ...
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Overview

Writer/director Michael Burke makes his feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama The Mudge Boy. Known as a weird kid, Duncan Mudge Emile Hirsch is a naïve 14-year-old farm boy with an aging father, Edgar Richard Jenkins, and very little social life. When Duncan's mother suddenly dies, he develops a strange fascination with her clothes, speaks in her voice, and spends his time with his pet chicken. His father and the other people in the town just don't understand his behavior, while the other kids make fun of him. A drunken group of older boys call him names, but they eventually allow him to hang out with them if he provides beer money. Duncan admires one of the boys, Perry Tom Guiry, who reveals some hidden truths about himself. As the relationship between the two deepens, it begins to take on darker, more ominous shadings. The Mudge Boy premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary track with director Michael Burke
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/9/2006
  • UPC: 712267240623
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Strand Home Video
  • Time: 1:34:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 41,440

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emile Hirsch Duncan
Tom Guiry
Richard Jenkins Edgar Mudge
Pablo Schreiber Brent
Zachary Knighton Travis
Ryan Donowho Scotty
Meredith Handerhan Tonya
Beckie King April
Technical Credits
Michael Burke Director, Screenwriter
Elizabeth Alexander Producer
Alison Benson Producer
Kevin Burke Associate Producer
Damian Canelos Sound/Sound Designer
Vanja Cernjul Cinematographer
Kathleen Chopin Casting
David Doernberg Production Designer
Thomas Fatone Asst. Director
Toni Fusco Costumes/Costume Designer
Affonso Goncalves Editor
Bartholomew Miali Art Director
Victoria Morris Set Decoration/Design
Michele Ortlip Casting
Randy Ostrow Producer
Stanley Tucci Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Mudge Boy
1. Opening Sequence [3:39]
2. A Funny Kid [8:50]
3. Church [9:23]
4. Mom's Favorite [9:42]
5. The Birds & the Bees [4:52]
6. A Good Strong Boy [7:03]
7. The Secret Place [6:48]
8. Going Out [9:57]
9. The Wedding Dress [8:28]
10. Not a Normal Boy [6:01]
11. Cold Blooded [14:24]
12. Closing Credits [3:11]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Mudge Boy
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    emile hirsch

    emile hirsch is a good actor and this movie is very interesting very sad open cute and wonderful i enjoeyd it as much as i enjoy watching emile hirsch on tv i love him and his acting kudos for him="

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Astonishingly Original, Sexy & True

    As a short film this story was provocative and interesting. As a feature it is subtly astonishing. The story of a boy in love with a chicken who is also realizing his gay desires and persona---this story is deeply moving. The writer/director is an original in the best way. No scene is longer or shorter than needed. No camera angle not well-thought out and interesting. The pacing is perfect. And the acting is revelatory. Richard Jenkins, who is always superb, is deeply moving as a grief-struck husband and clueless father. Emile Hirsch, as the lead character, is right on the money. His innocence is the key to the story. It is the story. Emile Hirsch might very well be the new River Phoenix. Every single thing he does rings as absolutely, perfectly true. Bravo to all involved!

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