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Encyclopedia > Boys Don't Cry (film)
Boys Don't Cry

Theatrical poster
Directed by Kimberly Peirce
Produced by Christine Vachon
Eva Kolodner
John Hart
Written by Kimberly Peirce and
Andy Bienen
Starring Hilary Swank
Chloë Sevigny
Peter Sarsgaard
Brendan Sexton III
Alicia Goranson
Music by Nathan Larson
Cinematography Jim Denault
Editing by Tracy Granger
Lee Percy
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date(s) October 8, 1999 (New York City premiere)
October 22, 1999 (USA, theatrical release)
Running time 116 min.
Country Flag of the United States
Language English
Budget $2,000,000 (estimated)
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 independent drama film based on the real-life story of Brandon Teena, a young transman who was raped and murdered by his male friends after they found out he had female genitalia on December 30, 1993. The film features Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena and Chloë Sevigny as Brandon's girlfriend Lana Tisdel. Image File history File links Boys Dont Cry movie poster. ... Kimberly Peirce (born on September 8, 1967) is a film director, notable for her first and, thus far, only feature film, Boys Dont Cry (1999). ... Christine Vachon (b. ... Kimberly Peirce (born on September 8, 1967) is a film director, notable for her first and, thus far, only feature film, Boys Dont Cry (1999). ... Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is a two-time Oscar winning American actress. ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Peter Sarsgaard (born March 7, 1971) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Brendan Sexton III (born February 21, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, USA) is an American actor whose work has included primarily independent films. ... Alicia Goranson Alicia Lynelle Goranson (born June 22, 1974 in Evanston, Illinois) is the full name of Lecy Goranson, an American actress. ... Nathan Larson (born 12 September 1970 in Maryland), composer and musician, formerly lead guitarist for the influential 90s band Shudder To Think, now award-winning maker of music for film and , most recently, founder of the band Hot One. ... Fox Searchlight Pictures logo. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about the year. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... Brandon Teena[1] (December 12, 1972 - December 31, 1993), born Teena Renae Brandon in Lincoln, Nebraska, and known simply as Brandon, was a physiological female living as a transsexual man[2] who was raped and eventually murdered[3] in one of the most infamous American hate crimes of the 1990s. ... Transmen or trans men are transgender or transsexual people who were assigned female at birth based on genital appearance (or, in cases of intersexuality, were later assigned to the female gender) and who feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. ... The vagina, (from Latin, literally sheath or scabbard ) is the tubular tract leading from the uterus to the exterior of the body in female placental mammals and marsupials, or to the cloaca in female birds, monotremes, and some reptiles. ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is a two-time Oscar winning American actress. ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ...


Boys Don’t Cry received overwhelmingly positive acclaim from critics, especially the two lead performances from Swank and Sevigny, and considering its reasonably low budget, and independent production, it was a box office success, with most of the success coming from word of mouth and critical views. Swank was awarded the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actress, and Sevigny was nominated for the Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress. This article is about the year. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


The film is set in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Falls City, Nebraska but was filmed in Greenville, Texas, a small town about 45 miles northeast of Dallas. Its release was concurrent with the murder of gay young man, Matthew Shepard, which sparked additional public interest in the film.[1] Nickname: Location in Nebraska Coordinates: , Country   State     County United States   Nebraska     Lancaster Founded[1]   Renamed   Incorporated 1856   July 29, 1867   April 1, 1869 Government  - Mayor Chris Beutler Area  - City 195. ... Falls City is a city in Richardson County, Nebraska, United States. ... Flag of Greenville Greenville is a city in Hunt County, Texas, in the United States. ... For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation). ... Dallas redirects here. ... Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was an American student at the University of Wyoming who was fatally attacked near Laramie, on the night of October 6 – October 7, 1998 in what was widely reported by international news media as a savage beating because of his homosexuality. ...

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Plot

Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank) is a transman (born female) who identifies and lives his life as a male, under the name of Brandon Teena. He wishes to start anew, and to do so, he moves to Falls City, Nebraska. One night, Brandon encounters Lana Tisdel (Chloë Sevigny) and her friends, ex-convicts John Lotter (Peter Sarsgaard), Tom Nissen (Brendan Sexton III) and Candace (Alicia Goranson). Brandon quickly develops a friendship with Lotter, Nissen and Candace, and becomes romantically involved with Lana, who is unaware of his biological sex. Brandon moves in with Lana and her mother. During his time in Falls City, Brandon gains popularity with many local residents. Brandon Teena (posthumous name only; in life he was simply called Brandon) (December 12, 1972 - December 31, 1993), born Teena Renae Brandon in Lincoln, Nebraska. ... Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is a two-time Oscar winning American actress. ... Transmen or trans men are transgender or transsexual people who were assigned female at birth based on genital appearance (or, in cases of intersexuality, were later assigned to the female gender) and who feel that this is not an accurate or complete description of themselves. ... Brandon Teena[1] (December 12, 1972 - December 31, 1993), born Teena Renae Brandon in Lincoln, Nebraska, and known simply as Brandon, was a physiological female living as a transsexual man[2] who was raped and eventually murdered[3] in one of the most infamous American hate crimes of the 1990s. ... Falls City is a city in Richardson County, Nebraska, United States. ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Peter Sarsgaard (born March 7, 1971) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Brendan Sexton III (born February 21, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, USA) is an American actor whose work has included primarily independent films. ... Alicia Goranson Alicia Lynelle Goranson (born June 22, 1974 in Evanston, Illinois) is the full name of Lecy Goranson, an American actress. ...


Soon after, Brandon is jailed for forging checks. He is put in the women’s section of the Falls City prison. Lana then provides money to get Brandon out of jail on bail. Upon questioning Brandon on why he was put into a woman’s prison, Brandon falsely tells Lana he was born a hermaphrodite, and will soon receive a sex change. Lana then declares her love for Brandon, "no matter what he is" and the two pursue a sexual relationship. Her circle of friends (Lotter, Nissen and Candace) subsequently learns that Brandon is anatomically female; Candace is not distressed over the discovery, but Nissen and Lotter become extremely angered. They then come after Brandon while he is staying at Lana’s mother’s house where they force Brandon to strip off his pants, to reveal to Lana his true identity. Lana only looks when forced to. For other uses, see Hermaphrodite (disambiguation). ... A clownfish Sex change in animals Some species are known to change sex, including reproductive functions, in special circumstances, such as the clownfish. ...


Later on that week, Nissen and Lotter pursue Brandon and violently rape him near a meat processing plant in Nissen's car. They return with Brandon to Nissan's house. Although injured, Brandon escapes from Nissen's bathroom by climbing out the window. Lana convinces him to file a police report, though Brandon had been warned by Nissen and Lotter to remain silent. Brandon, in distress, then files a report on the situation.


Later on, Nissen and Lotter become drunk, and despite Lana's warnings, set out to kill Brandon. He is hiding in a farm-house with Candace and her baby. Brandon, along with Candace, is shot, while Lana is screaming desperately for them to stop. Lotter and Nissen continue shooting her. Lana wakes up on Brandon's dead body the next morning and falls into her mother's arms.


The film ends with Lana leaving Falls City to raise her baby girl as a letter of Brandon’s (sent to Lana before he died) is read in a voice-over.


Cast

Actor Character Real-life counterpart
Hilary Swank Brandon Teena Brandon Teena
Chloe Sevigny Lana Tisdel Lana Tisdel
Peter Sarsgaard John Lotter John Lotter
Brendan Sexton III Tom Nissen Marvin Nissen
Alicia Goranson Candace Lisa Lambert
Alison Folland Kate
Jeanetta Arnette Mrs. Tisdel Anne Tisdel
Matt McGrath Cousin Lonny Brandon

Hilary Ann Swank (born July 30, 1974) is a two-time Oscar winning American actress. ... Brandon Teena[1] (December 12, 1972 - December 31, 1993), born Teena Renae Brandon in Lincoln, Nebraska, and known simply as Brandon, was a physiological female living as a transsexual man[2] who was raped and eventually murdered[3] in one of the most infamous American hate crimes of the 1990s. ... Chlo Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an American actress and model. ... Peter Sarsgaard (born March 7, 1971) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American film and stage actor. ... Brendan Sexton III (born February 21, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, USA) is an American actor whose work has included primarily independent films. ... Alicia Goranson Alicia Lynelle Goranson (born June 22, 1974 in Evanston, Illinois) is the full name of Lecy Goranson, an American actress. ... Alison Folland in the indie film All over Me Alison Folland (born August 10, 1978 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an actress. ... Jeanetta Arnette (b. ... Matthew J. “Matt” McGrath (December 18, 1878 – January 29 1941) was an Irish-American policeman, thrower and Olympic gold medalist. ...

Background

Sevigny initially auditioned for the role of Brandon, however Peirce decided she would be better suited as Lana, and Katherine Moening auditioned for Brandon's role. Swank eventually signed onto the project, and won the lead. Hundreds of other actresses had been considered and rejected over the course of three years. She told director Kimberly Peirce that, like her character, she was also 21 and came from Lincoln, Nebraska. But she was fibbing, and when Peirce later confronted her with the lies, she responded, "But that's what Brandon would do." She prepared for the role by living life as a man for at least a month, including wrapping her chest in tension bandages and putting socks down the front of her pants much the same way that Brandon Teena did. When Swank was living as a man to prepare for the role of Brandon Teena, she was so convincing that her neighbors believed that the young man coming and going from Swank's home (Swank in male character) was a visiting brother of hers. Katherine Sian Moennig (born 29 December 1977) is an American actress known for her role as Shane McCutcheon on The L Word. ...


Also, Diane Keaton had considered directing, with Drew Barrymore in the lead role. Kimberly Peirce first came across the story when reading a long article in Village Voice written by Donna Minkowitz which was printed a few months after the murder. Peirce said that she used the same shots in the opening roller rink scene that were used in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy first left her house and entered the land of Oz. Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American film actress, director and producer. ... Drew Blyth Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress and film producer, the youngest member of the Barrymore family of American actors. ... The Wizard of Oz (film) redirects here. ...


Response

Boys Don’t Cry drew immense critical acclaim in 1999, and managed to be a moderate box office success, despite being independently financed and a relatively low budget production —mainly because of word-of-mouth. It also became a huge success through sales and rentals in 2000. Film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times listed it as one of his Five best films of 1999, stating “This could have been a clinical Movie of the Week, but instead it's a sad song about a free spirit who tried to fly a little too close to the flame” while Janet Maslin of The New York Times called it “stunning”, giving it four out of four stars. Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The Chicago Sun-Times is an American daily newspaper published in Chicago. ... Janet Maslin is a book critic for the daily New York Times. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...


On Rotten Tomatoes, a website which collects reviews from film critics and tallies a total score out of 100 (under 60 being “rotten”, over being “certified fresh”) and Boys Don’t Cry currently holds a 88/100, being “fresh”. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Controversy

Major details of the actual rape and murder of Brandon Teena were changed in the film version. Most notably, the film portrays a double murder, when in actuality, three people were murdered. A man, Philip Devine, 19, Lana's sister Leslie Tisdel's boyfriend, was shot to death on a couch; he was completely absent from the film. Lisa Lambert, 24, was found dead with Brandon. The survivor at the murder house was a baby boy, not a girl as portrayed. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ...


Lana Tisdel sued the film's producers for invasion of privacy and the unauthorized use of her name and likeness before the film's release. She claimed that the film depicted her as "lazy, white trash and a skanky snake". Tisdel also claimed that the film falsely portrayed that she continued the relationship with Teena after she discovered Teena was anatomically female. She eventually settled her lawsuit against the movie's distributor, Fox Searchlight for an undisclosed sum.[2][3]


Along with the portrayal of the actual ordeal and the people involved, Boys Don't Cry garnered significant controversy for its graphic rape scene. Initially assigned with an NC-17 rating from the MPAA, the content was strongly toned down for the US release. Since the film was an independent arthouse production, artistic risks are usually sanctioned, liberties often are taken, and its content would not be potentially affecting, but because the film was given a major theatrical release, controversy arose. In the US, the film is rated R for violence including an intense brutal rape scene, nudity, sexuality, language, and drug use. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ... Art film is a film style that began as a European reaction to the classical Hollywood style of film making. ... The MPAA film rating system is a system used in the United States and instituted by the Motion Picture Association of America to rate a movie based on its content. ... For other uses, see Violence (disambiguation). ... Nude redirects here. ... Look up Sex on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A sex is one of two specimen categories of species that recombine their genetic material in order to reproduce, a process called genetic recombination. ... Recreational drug use is the use of psychoactive drugs for recreational rather than medical or spiritual purposes, although the distinction is not always clear. ...


The director of Boys Don't Cry was interviewed for the film This Film Is Not Yet Rated about the trouble the film had with the MPAA. This Film Is Not Yet Rated is an independent documentary film about the Motion Picture Association of Americas rating system and its effect on American culture, directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Eddie Schmidt. ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...


Awards and nominations

Academy Awards: Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...

  • Won: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank)
  • Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Chloë Sevigny)

Golden Globe Awards: The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ...

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Hilary Swank)
  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Chloë Sevigny)

BAFTA Awards: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ...

  • Nominated: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Hilary Swank)

National Board of Review: The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures was founded in 1909 in New York City, just 13 years after the birth of cinema, to protest New York City Mayor George McClennans revocation of moving-picture exhibition licenses on Christmas Eve 1908. ...

  • Won: Breakthrough Performance - Female (Hilary Swank)
  • Won: Outstanding Directorial Debut (Kimberly Peirce)

Satellite Awards: The Satellite Awards are an annual award given by the International Press Academy. ...

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (Hilary Swank)
  • Won: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama (Chloë Sevigny)
  • Nominated: Best Picture - Drama
  • Nominated: Best Director (Kimberly Peirce)

In the media and culture

  • In 2006, Premiere magazine put Swank's performance in 83rd place in its list of The 100 Greatest Movie Performances of All Time, it also ranked it as one of the "25 most dangerous films".
  • In the show Sugar Rush, character Kim goes to a drag king night and says "Things do go a little bit Hilary Swank."
  • On HBO's Entourage, when Vince is going to play a gay role in his next film he asks his brother to list people who won awards playing a gay role. Hilary Swank and the Film are on the list.
  • In ABC's short lived teen drama Life As We Know It when they think that Ben is gay Dino walks up to him and says "If you're gay just tell us, because we don't want a Boys Don't Cry situation on our hands.""

Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Premiere is an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Médias, beginning publication in 1987. ... This article is about the novel Sugar Rush. ... Entourage is an Emmy Award-winning HBO original series created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase — a young A-list movie star — and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. ... Life As We Know It is an American television drama on the ABC network during the 2004-2005 season. ...

See also

// Several movies feature transgender as a central plot element, including: Glen or Glenda? (1953) is a semi-autobiographical movie starring its director Ed Wood, who was a transvestite. ... In 1992, Sight and Sound magazine printed an article by North American Feminist and critic, B. Ruby Rich. ... Gender identity disorder, as identified by psychologists and physicians, is a condition in which a person has been assigned one gender, usually on the basis of their sex at birth (compare intersex disorders), but identifies as belonging to another gender, and feels significant discomfort or being unable to deal with...

References

  1. ^ Boys Don't Cry details at Yahoo! Movies; accessed 26-5-07
  2. ^ http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20000311/ai_n13848099
  3. ^ http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/03/01/1014704987942.html

External links


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Any film based on the story of Brandon Teena, the Nebraskan teenager who lived her life as a boy was going to be confronting.
Boys Don't Cry is a fine and powerful film, and one can see it as a tribute not only to first time director Kimberley Pierce but to Christine Vachon as a truly creative producer.
Boys Don't Cry attempts to detail the life of a young drifter from rural Nebraska who secretly lived his life as a man named Brandon Teena despite actually being a woman named Teena Brandon.
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