Boys Don’t Cry

A young transgender man explores his gender identity and searches for love in rural Nebraska.
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Credits: TheMovieDb.

Film Cast:

  • Brandon Teena: Hilary Swank
  • Lana Tisdel: Chloë Sevigny
  • John Lotter: Peter Sarsgaard
  • Tom Nissen: Brendan Sexton III
  • Candace: Lecy Goranson
  • Kate Lotter: Alison Folland
  • Linda Tisdel: Jeannetta Arnette
  • Brian: Rob Campbell
  • Lonny: Matt McGrath
  • Nicole: Cheyenne Rushing
  • Trucker: Robert Prentiss
  • Kwik Stop Cashier: Josh Ridgway
  • Trucker in Kwik Stop: Craig Erickson
  • April: Stephanie Sechrist
  • Judge: Jerry Haynes
  • Sheriff Charles B. Laux: Lou Perryman
  • Pam: Lisa Renee Wilson
  • Sam Phillips: Jackson D. Kane
  • Tom: Joseph Gibson
  • Nerdy Teen: Michael Tripp
  • Girl in Car: Shana McClendon
  • Nurse: Libby Villari
  • Dave (Deputy): Paige Carl Griggs
  • Clerk: Gail Cronauer
  • Brandon’s Father (uncredited): Guilford Adams

Film Crew:

  • Casting: Suzanne Smith
  • Executive Producer: John Sloss
  • Author: Kimberly Peirce
  • Author: Andy Bienen
  • Producer: John Hart
  • Producer: Eva Kolodner
  • Producer: Christine Vachon
  • Original Music Composer: Nathan Larson
  • Director of Photography: Jim Denault
  • Editor: Tracy Granger
  • Editor: Lee Percy
  • Production Design: Michael Shaw
  • Producer: Jeffrey Sharp
  • Casting: Billy Hopkins
  • Casting: Kerry Barden
  • Executive Producer: Jonathan Sehring
  • Executive Producer: Caroline Kaplan
  • Line Producer: Jon Marcus
  • Producer: Brad Simpson
  • Line Producer: Jill Footlick
  • Costume Design: Victoria Farrell
  • Executive Producer: Pamela Koffler
  • Producer: Morton Swinsky
  • Art Direction: Shawn Carroll
  • Casting: Jennifer McNamara

Movie Reviews:

  • John Chard: You don’t seem like you’re from around here.

    It’s one of those films that any film lover has to see to judge for themselves. A critical darling and an award winner, it’s a film of undoubted emotional power. It is based on the tragic case of Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) who was raped and murdered in 1993, it would become one of the significant cases of hate crime in American history.

    From the off Kimberly Peirce’s film sets out its stall that we are in bleak territory, and so it proves. It dangles little shards of light, but constantly it proves uncompromising and unpleasant. There’s a nagging irk that main characters are very thinly drawn, where motives are given short shrift, and this is bizarre given that the pic runs for nearly two hours. However, the performances of both Swank and Chloë Sevigny are outstanding, and Peirce handles the darkest scenes in the movie with a grace and tact that deserves applause.

    A tale that needed to be told, even in truncated form, Boys Don’t Cry is fine cinema making. 8/10

  • Asa_movies: The atmosphere completely different from that nowadays. This was probably the first time for man to express his own feelings and sexual identity in public. So, it was something like a Big Bang for people who experienced fact that some of their kith are “such a weirdos”.
    If you compare understanding of people today and only about 2 decades ago you can see that struggle for freedom and equality always exists, but they’re a bit different. I may say the sexual revolution has just started and, if you compare some movie from 2000th, 2020th and (probably) 2040th, you will see people are starting to be more aware of changing in global sexual situation and, what is more important, it won’t be taboo topic in the future.

    Kimberly Pierce made Teena Brandon being born-girl, living-boy. Teena was a very brave person, worth living more than “boys from gangs” without any drop of emotion and understanding others, in themselves.

    Person is changing during his life. People are changing during universal time. This is part of so called evolution. Not necessary revolution!

    Be who you are 🙂

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    THE BLUEST EYES IN TEXAS

    The lonesome Texas sun was setting low
    And in the rear view mirror I watched it go
    I can still see the wind in her golden hair
    I close my eyes for a moment, I’m still here

    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight
    Like the stars that fill
    The midnight sky
    Her memory fills my mind
    (Where did I go wrong)
    Did I wait too long
    Or can I make it right
    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight

    Another town, another hotel room
    Another dream that ended way too soon
    Left me lonely way before the dawn
    Searching for the strength to carry on

    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight
    Like the stars that fill
    The midnight sky
    Her memory fills my mind
    (Where did I go wrong)
    Did I wait too long
    Or can I make it right
    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight

    For every heart you break
    You pay a price
    But I can’t forget the tears
    In her blue eyes

    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight
    Like the stars that fill
    The midnight sky
    Her memory fills my mind
    (Where did I go wrong)
    Did I wait too long
    How can I make it right
    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight

    The bluest eyes in Texas
    Are haunting me tonight

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    Review written by Asa_movies (Tanja)

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