Boys Don’t Cry


(out of 5)

 gives a fantastic performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon until she grows up and realizes that her identity is that of a male.  No surprise that unveiling this aspect of himself doesn’t go over quite as well as you’d hope in a gritty Nebraska town.  is excellent as Teena’s girlfriend, a woman who suspects the truth about her boyfriend but feels such love for him that she wouldn’t care either way. This is true independently-minded filmmaking, and directorial newcomer Kimberly Peirce does a fantastic job of sticking to her guns all the way.  That said, it’s also a dark and upsetting movie that is not at all easy to sit through despite being totally worth it.

Fox Searchlight Pictures, The Independent Film Channel Productions, Killer Films, Hart-Sharp Entertainment

USA, 1999

Directed by

Screenplay by Kimberly Peirce,

Cinematography by

Produced by , , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1999

Golden Globe Awards 1999

Independent Spirit Awards 1999.

Toronto International Film Festival 1999


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