Boys Don't Cry

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Female born, Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.

  1. Kimberly Peirce

    Author, Director

  2. Andy Bienen


Top Billed Cast

  1. Hilary Swank

    Hilary Swank

    Brandon Teena

  2. Chloë Sevigny

    Chloë Sevigny

    Lana Tisdel

  3. Peter Sarsgaard

    Peter Sarsgaard

    John Lotter

  4. Brendan Sexton III

    Brendan Sexton III

    Tom Nissen

  5. AG

    Alicia Goranson


  6. Alison Folland

    Alison Folland


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Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 58m

Budget $2,000,000.00

Revenue $11,540,607.00


Release Information

  • September 2, 1999
    R, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

By 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 nag... read the rest.

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