Boys Don't Cry (1999)

A true story about finding the courage to be yourself.

Original Title : Boys Don't Cry
Director : Kimberly Peirce
Writer : Kimberly Peirce
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jill Footlick , , Caroline Kaplan , , Eva Kolodner , Jon Marcus , , , Bradford Simpson , John Sloss , Morton Swinsky ,
Music : Nathan Larson
Photography : Jim Denault
MPAA Rating : Rated R
IMDB ID : 0171804
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poster for "Boys Don't Cry" by Kimberly Peirce (1999)
Boys Don't Cry (1999) - Kimberly Peirce


Hilary Swank Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena
Chloë Sevigny Lana Tisdel
Peter Sarsgaard John Lotter
Brendan Sexton III Tom Nissen
Alicia Goranson Candace
Alison Folland Kate
Jeanetta Arnette Lana's Mom (as Jeannetta Arnette
Rob Campbell I
Matt McGrath I
Cheyenne Rushing Nicole
Robert Prentiss Trucker
Josh Ridgway Kwik Stop Cashier
Craig Erickson I
Stephanie Sechrist April Lotter, John's Daughter
Jerry Haynes Judge
Lou Perry I
Lisa Renee Wilson Pam (as Lisa Wilson
Jackson Kane Sam Phillips
Joseph Gibson II
Michael Tripp Nerdy Teen
Shana McClendon Girl in Car
Paige Carl Griggs Dave, Deputy
Gail Cronauer Clerk
Chad Briley Extra (uncredited
Ryan Thomas Brockington Kiss (uncredited
 Truck Driver (uncredited
Michelle Fairbanks Girl in Car (uncredited
 Lester, Restraining Order Guy (uncredited
Robert A. Steffenino Bartender (uncredited


You can't help but admire "Boys Don't Cry" for several reasons. For one it takes on such issues as rape, sexual confusion and murder and manages to explore them with a sense of grace and dignity, without sensationalizing them for one moment. It unfolds a true life story with unflinching realism, no matter how tragic it turns out to be, and that is ultimately what makes it such an overall effective film (even though it does occasionally lose momentum.) It follows a woman's search for identity, and the harsh realities of the world that prevent her from completely finding it. Beneath the film's starkly realistic tale of cruelty lurking in the heart's of people and the way they vent their destructive ignorance, there is an absorbing and powerful exploration of two people who find love despite the sexual complications that exist between them. It proves that there is so much more to someone besides they're sexuality, and how you can still be able to make a profound connection with them. Hilary Swank gives an extraordinary performance as Teena Brandon, brilliantly illuminating the vulnerability and fear that lies beneath her rough exterior. Chloe Sevigny is absolutely stunning as the woman whose whole life is thrown into chaos after she falls in love with Teena. "Boys Don't Cry" doesn't take the easy way out with it's story, there are no real heroes and villains, and although it's conclusion is brutal and bleak, it's message about looking at life with unprejudiced eyes stays positive through-out. This is the kind of film that needs to be seen, even though it is marred by a few faults, it will no doubt leave an impact on your intellect and emotions.
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Boys Don't Cry (1999) - Kimberly Peirce