Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry (1999)

Genres - Biography, Comedy Drama, Crime, Documentary, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biographical Film, Docudrama, LGBT-Related Film  |   Release Date - Oct 22, 1999  |   Run Time - 118 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American romantic drama film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Peirce and Andy Bienen. The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, an American trans man played in the film by Hilary Swank, who adopts a male identity and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska but falls victim to a brutal hate crime perpetrated by two male acquaintances. The film also stars Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, and Alicia Goranson. After reading about the case while in college, Peirce conducted extensive research for a screenplay, which she worked on for almost five years. Peirce was inspired by All She Wanted, a 1996 book about the killing written by Aphrodite Jones; however, she chose to focus the story of the film on the relationship between Brandon and his girlfriend Lana Tisdel. The script took dialogue directly from archive footage in the 1998 documentary The Brandon Teena Story.Many actors sought the lead role during a three-year casting process before Swank was cast. Swank was chosen because her personality seemed similar to Teena's. Sevigny initially auditioned for the role of Brandon, but Peirce could not picture her playing a man, so she was ultimately cast as Teena's girlfriend Lana. Most of the film's characters were based on real-life people; others were composites.

Filming occurred during October and November 1998 in the Dallas, Texas area. The producers initially wanted to film in Falls City, Nebraska, where the real-life events had taken place; however, budget constraints meant that principal photography had to occur in Texas. The film's cinematography uses dim and artificial lighting throughout and was influenced by a variety of styles, including neorealism and the films of Martin Scorsese, while the soundtrack consisted primarily of country, blues, and rock music from the film. The film's themes, which have been explored by many scholars, include the nature of romantic and platonic relationships, the causes of violence against LGBT people, transgender people and the gender binary, and the relationship among social class, race, and gender.

The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 8, 1999, before appearing at various other film festivals. Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures, the film received a limited release in the United States on October 22, 1999, and it performed well at the North American box office, gaining three times its production budget by May 2000. The film received overwhelming acclaim from critics. It was widely lauded as one of the best films of the year; praise focused on the lead performances by Swank and Sevigny as well as the film's depiction of its subject matter. However, some people who had been involved with Brandon in real life criticized the film for not portraying the events accurately. Boys Don't Cry was nominated for multiple awards; at the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000, Swank was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress and Sevigny was nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The pair were also nominated at the 57th Golden Globe Awards, with Swank winning the Best Actress – Drama award. Boys Don't Cry, which dealt with controversial issues, was initially assigned an NC-17 rating but was later reclassified to an R rating. It was released on home video in September 2000.

Movie Info

Budget

$2,000,000

Box Office

$11,540,607

Tags

Brandon, Coming Of Age/Teen, Dark, Hate Crime, Independent, Lgbtq, Murder, Nebraska, Peirce, Rape, Sex, Small Town, Swank, Transgender, Transgender Film, Transphobia, True Stories

Attributes

Based On: Bonnie and Clyde, Oblivion 2: Backlash
Narrative Location: Nebraska
Subject: Brandon Teena, human bonding, LGBT-related, outsider, rural America, secrecy, transmisandry, transphobia, white trash
Time Period: 1993

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Alternate Titles

A fiúk nem sírnak
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Baietii nu plang niciodata
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Boys Don't Cry
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Boys Don't Cry (Los chicos no lloran)
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Chlapci neplačú
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Con Trai Không Khóc
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Dečaci ne plaču
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Dečki ne plaču
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Dečki nikad ne plaču
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Erkekler aglamaz
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Fantje ne jočejo
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Kluci neplácou
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Les garçons ne pleurent pas
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Los chicos no lloran
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Los muchachos no lloran
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Meninos não choram
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Nie czas na lzy
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Os rapazes Não Choram
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Take It Like a Man
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Vaikinai neverkia
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Момчетата не плачат
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Парни не плачут
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Хлопці не плачуть
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ボーイズ・ドント・クライ
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男孩不哭
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男孩別哭
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男孩别哭
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소년은 울지 않는다
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