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December Boys
     

December Boys

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Director: Rod Hardy

Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Christian Byers, Lee Cormie

 

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Prolific television and film director Rod Hardy helms this tale of four young orphans coming of age in 1960s-era Australia. Soon after the quartet leaves the orphanage behind for a seaside holiday, rumors that one of them is about to be adopted lead to steadily rising tensions among the tightly knit group. Adapted from Michael Noonan's

Overview

Prolific television and film director Rod Hardy helms this tale of four young orphans coming of age in 1960s-era Australia. Soon after the quartet leaves the orphanage behind for a seaside holiday, rumors that one of them is about to be adopted lead to steadily rising tensions among the tightly knit group. Adapted from Michael Noonan's popular novel by screenwriter Marc Rosenberg, December Boys is headlined by Harry Potter film series star Daniel Radcliffe.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
UPC:
0085391189589
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Maps
Christian Byers Spark
Lee Cormie Misty
James Fraser Spit
Teresa Palmer Lucy
Jack Thompson Bandy McAnsh
Victoria Hill Teresa
Rod Hardy Actor

Technical Credits
Rod Hardy Director
Richard Becker Producer
Leslie Binns Production Designer
David Connell Cinematographer
Dany Cooper Editor
Hal Gaba Executive Producer
Carlo Giacco Score Composer
Ronald Kinnoch Original Story
Marc Rosenberg Screenwriter
Jay Sanders Co-producer
Jonathan Shteinman Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- December Boys
1. Just Out of Reach [4:39]
2. December Boys [3:46]
3. Another World [3:08]
4. The McAnshes [3:49]
5. Exploring the Cove [4:03]
6. Close to an Epiphany [3:56]
7. Bikers [2:38]
8. No Substitute For Family [4:15]
9. My Precious Misty [3:35]
10. Lucy: King of Fishes [4:14]
11. That's What You Think [3:50]
12. Confession [4:06]
13. I Can Teach You [4:32]
14. What's The Big Deal? [3:11]
15. Ship's Conscience [3:00]
16. Touched [2:44]
17. If God Wants You [1:33]
18. Hooking Henry [5:17]
19. Everyone Leaves [5:31]
20. Maps Comes to Blows [3:54]
21. Riptide Miracle [4:58]
22. My Money's on You [6:00]
23. Consensus Choice [2:49]
24. I've Already Got Family [2:49]
25. Reunion [2:10]
26. End Credits [4:50]

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December Boys 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DECEMBER BOYS is a fine little Australian film based on the novel by Michael Noonan (to whom the film is dedicated), adapted for the screen by Marc Rosenberg, and directed by Rod Hardy, and while the story takes place in the 1960s, it remains warmly contemporary in its message. And for once it presents the good side of orphanages, rather than the Dickens view. In the Australian outback there is an orphanage run by nuns, a spot in the dry country where the arid landscape flattens everything until an occasional storm provides temporary lakes for fishing and playing. Four young lads are bonded not only by the fact that they are orphans dues to various sad reasons, but they all have birthdays in December - Maps (Daniel Radcliffe), Misty (Lee Cormie, Sparks (Christian Byers), and Spit (James Fraser. Fearing for retribution for their smoking and other mild infractions at the orphanage they are called into the headmaster's office where they discover that a benefactor has decided to give the orphan boys a holiday each year. The four lads are to spend time with a family at a tiny ocean cove setting. Delighted, they are off to meet their family - Bandy (Jack Thompson) and his wife Skipper (Kris McQuade) - who live in a small shack beside a few other neighbors. The world seems to have opened to the boys and each finds first time joy in living - fishing from neighbor Shellback's (Ralph Cotterill) old boat, riding a motorcycle with neighbor Fearless (Sullivan Stapleton), spying on the nude bathing wife of Fearless, Theresa (Victoria Hill), and finding first love with the young, seductive Lucy (Teresa Palmer). The boys are in heaven until Misty overhears Fearless and Theresa bemoaning their childless marriage and plan to adopt on of the boys. Challenges occur in physical, emotional, and spiritual ways: who will be the chosen 'son'? The manner in which the answer is decided opens a whole new meaning to the concept of family. The cast is ingratiating and the settings and the music are lovely. The supporting cast of nuns and priest (Frank Gallacher, Judi Farr, Carmel Johnson) are particularly fine. The screenplay fails to fully investigate the motivations of all of the characters and there remain holes in the plot line that could have easily been remedied: symbolism in the form of a wild stallion, a huge fish named Henry, and surreal appearances of the Virgin Mary become a bit obscure. But despite these flaws (and an ending, or epilogue, that is pure corny Hollywood), DECEMBER BOYS is heartwarming and a fine movie for the entire family. Recommended. Grady Harp
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I was looking forward to this movie but in fact was vastly disappointed. It has various faults--poor writing and mediocre direction--but the worst thing about it is that the speech is unintelligible for the most part. It might as well have been made in French or Chinese. You need subtitles to know what the actors are saying. I presume this is the real reason it bombed in the US: shown in 13 theaters total with a gross barely more than $50,000.
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