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Boys Don't Cry Details

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Based on a true story, this drama was adapted from the life of Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chose to live her life as a man and suffered tragic consequences as a result. In 1993, 20-year-old Brandon ([[Performer~P167442~Hilary Swank~hilaryswank]]) leaves Lincoln, Nebraska for the nearby community of Falls City, where she sports a crew cut, favors jeans and boots, and is regarded as a man by most of the people in town. While Brandon's friend Lonny ([[Performer~P47509~Matt McGrath~mattmcgrath]]) warns her that sexual outsiders aren't looked upon kindly in Falls City, she develops a reputation for being something of a ladies' man, and is soon living with a single mother named Candace ([[Performer~P200084~Alicia Goranson~aliciagoranson]]). But when Brandon meets teenage Lana ([[Performer~P230831~Chloe Sevigny~chloësevigny]]), the two become romantically involved almost immediately. Brandon makes friends with Lana's mother ([[Performer~P2337~Jeanetta Arnette~jeanettaarnette]]) and a burly ex-con named John ([[Performer~P237700~Peter Sarsgaard~petersarsgaard]]). John and his buddy Tom ([[Performer~P395919~Brendan Sexton~brendansextoniii]]) run with a rough group of men who like to drink and carouse, and they accept Brandon as one of their own. However, when Brandon ends up in jail on a traffic violation, her secret comes out, and, while Lana stands by Brandon's side, John and Tom feel betrayed -- and their anger soon boils over into violence. A distinguished feature debut for director [[Performer~P271477~Kimberly Peirce~kimberlypeirce]], Boys Don't Cry was enthusiastically received in its showings at 1999 film festivals in Venice, Toronto, and New York. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 2, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Andy Bienen Best First Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hilary Swank Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1999 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
National Board of Review Hilary Swank Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Hilary Swank Best Actress - Runner-up 1999 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Hilary Swank Best Actress 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Hilary Swank Best Female Actor in a Leading Role 1999 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Hilary Swank Best Actress 2000 Nominee
National Board of Review Kimberly Peirce Best Directorial Debut 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Kimberly Peirce Best First Feature Over $500,000 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Kimberly Peirce Best First Screenplay 1999 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress 1999 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Chloë Sevigny Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role 1999 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television 1999 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chloë Sevigny Best Supporting Actress 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Eva Kolodner Producers Award 1999 Nominee

Crew

Kimberly Peirce
Director
Christine Vachon
Producer
Jeff Sharp
Producer
Eva Kolodner
Producer
Andy Bienen
Screenwriter
Kimberly Peirce
Screenwriter
Jim Denault
Cinematographer
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Nathan Larson
Composer (Music Score)
Lee Percy
Editor
Michael Shaw
Production Designer
Morton Swinsky
Co-producer
Bradford Simpson
Associate Producer
Pamela Koffler
Executive Producer
John Sloss
Executive Producer
Jonathan Sehring
Executive Producer
Caroline Kaplan
Executive Producer
Victoria Farrell
Costume Designer
Mack Melson
Sound/Sound Designer
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Jennifer McNamara
Casting
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