Boys Don't Cry


1h 54m 1999

Brief Synopsis

In Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon Teena was a newcomer with a future who had the small rural community enchanted. Women adored him and almost everyone who met this charismatic stranger was drawn to his charming innocence. But Falls City's hottest date and truest friend had one secret: he wasn't the p

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Custom Film Effects; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Hart Sharp Entertainment; Killer Films; Scarlet Letters; Sundance Institute
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution/Fox Searchlight Pictures; 20th Century Fox Distribution; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Cts; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Fs Film Oy; Skifan Hf; Ufd
Location
Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Synopsis

In Falls City, Nebraska, Brandon Teena was a newcomer with a future who had the small rural community enchanted. Women adored him and almost everyone who met this charismatic stranger was drawn to his charming innocence. But Falls City's hottest date and truest friend had one secret: he wasn't the person people thought he was. Back home in Lincoln just seventy-five miles away, Brandon Teena was a different person caught up in a personal crisis that had haunted his entire life. Like many young poeple, he made costly mistakes and when he inadvertantly trespassed between his new love Lana and her reckless friend John, the mystery unraveled into violence. In a single, short life Brandon Teena was at once a dashing lover and a trapped outsider, both an impoverished nobody and a flamboyant dreamer, a daring thief and the tragic victim of an unjust crime.

Crew

Gina R. Alfano

Adr Editor

Joe Arcidiacono

Director Of Photography (Additional Photography-New York)

Kerry Barden

Casting

Sarah Beers

Wardrobe Supervisor (Additional Photography-New York)

Jack Bennett

Special Effects

Andy Bienen

Screenwriter

John Cadenhead

Location Manager

George Camarda

Script Supervisor (Additional Photography -New York)

Shawn Carroll

Art Director

Harry Wayne Casey

Song ("Rock Your Baby")

Exene Cervenka

Song ("Burning House Of Love")

Jane Choi

Key Makeup Artist (Additional Photography-New York)

Allen Collins

Song ("Tuesday'S Gone")

Rachel Dawson

Production Office Coordinator (Additional Photography-New York)

Michael Dempsey

Song ("Boys Don'T Cry")

Jim Denault

Director Of Photography

John Doe

Song ("Burning House Of Love")

Mark Dornfeld

Other

Tim Dubois

Song ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Jim Dunbar

Executive Music Producer

Roky Erickson

Song

Roky Erickson

Song Performer ("Haunt")

Dee Evans

Production Office Coordinator

Victoria Farrell

Costume Designer

Robert Fernandez

Re-Recording Mixer

Richard Finch

Song ("Rock Your Baby")

Jill Footlick

Line Producer

Andrea Friedman

Additional Location Manager

Bobby Fuller

Song Performer ("A New Shade Of Blue")

Bobby Fuller

Song

Sean Garnhart

Sound Effects Editor

Lewis Goldstein

Supervising Sound Editor

Tracy Granger

Editor

Amy Grappell

Local Casting

Matt Haasch

Foley Engineer

Ed Hall

Song Performer ("Fan Blades Of Love")

Ed Hall

Song

Michelle Harrison

Associate Editor

John N. Hart

Producer

Jeff Hill

Publicity

Billy Hopkins

Casting

Kalen Hoyle

Makeup Artist

Ernie Isley

Song ("That Lady Part I")

Marvin Isley

Song ("That Lady Part I")

O'kelley Isley

Song ("That Lady Part I")

Ronald Isley

Song ("That Lady Part I")

Rudolph Isley

Song ("That Lady Part I")

Chris Jasper

Song ("That Lady Part I")

Caroline Kaplan

Executive Producer

Alfie Kiernan

3rd Assistant Director

Pamela Koffler

Executive Producer

Eva M. Kolodner

Producer

Alex Korp

Assistant Director

William Kozy

Production Sound Mixer (Additional Photogrpahy-New York)

Jim Laclair

2nd Assistant Director

Nathan Larson

Song Performer ("Boys Don'T Cry"), Song Performer ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Nathan Larson

Music

Renee Lecuyer

Key Makeup/Hair/Effects

Sherri Lennon

Location Manager

Hal Levinsohn

Adr Editor

Joni Linton

Script Supervisor (2nd Unit) (Dallas)

Ben Loggins

Stunt Coordinator

Jon Marcus

Unit Production Manager (Additional Photography-New York)

George Mccrae

Song Performer ("Rock Your Baby")

Elias Mcdaniel

Song ("Who Do You Love")

Jennifer Mcnamara

Casting

Mack Melson

Production Sound Mixer

Ric Ocasek

Song ("Just What I Needed")

Glenfield Payne

Sound Effects Editor

Jay Peck

Foley Artist

Kimberly Peirce

Screenwriter

Lee Percy

Editor

Nina Persson

Song Performer ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Rachel Peters

Executive In Charge Of Production (Hart-Sharp Films)

Jay Piro

Assistant Director (Additional Photography-New York)

John Pirozzi

Director Of Photography/Time Lapse Photography

Kerrie R Plant

Hair

Randall Poster

Music Supervisor

Jennifer Ralston

Foley Supervisor

Pamela Richardson

Script Supervisor

David Robach

Song ("She'S A Diamond")

Dave Robbins

Song ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Jeanine Rohn

1st Assistant Director

Katie Roumel

Executive In Charge Of Production (Killer Films)

Jac Rubenstein

Dialogue Editor

Buffy Saint Marie

Song ("Cod'Ine")

Ben Schoen

Titles

Jonathan Sehring

Executive Producer

Chlod Sevigny

Song ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Jeffrey Sharp

Producer

Michael Shaw

Production Designer

Andrew Shernoff

Song ("And It'S Alright")

Amy Silver

Art Director (Additional Photography-New York)

Brad Simpson

Associate Producer

John Sloss

Executive Producer

Kendra Smith

Song ("She'S A Diamond")

Robert Smith

Song ("Boys Don'T Cry")

Suzanne Smith

Casting

Andrea Stanley

Art Director (Additional Photography-New York)

Van Stephenson

Song ("Bluest Eyes In Texas")

Mary Stone Huffman

Song ("A New Shade Of Blue")

Morton Swinsky

Co-Producer

Michelle Elaine Teague

Wardrobe Supervisor

The Isley Brothers

Song Performer ("That Lady Part I")

Timmy Thomas

Song Performer ("Why Can'T We Live Together")

Timmy Thomas

Song

Timothy Jamahli Thomas

Song Performer

Timothy Jamahli Thomas

Song

Laurence Tolhurst

Song ("Boys Don'T Cry")

Russell Towery

Stunt Coordinator

Christine Vachon

Producer

Ronnie Van Zant

Song ("Tuesday'S Gone")

Laurie Weeks

Additional Dialogue

Laurie Weeks

Screenplay

Alan Zaleski

Music Editor

Jamie H. Zelermyer

Production Manager

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
1999
Production Company
Custom Film Effects; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Hart Sharp Entertainment; Killer Films; Scarlet Letters; Sundance Institute
Distribution Company
20th Century Fox Distribution/Fox Searchlight Pictures; 20th Century Fox Distribution; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Cts; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Fs Film Oy; Skifan Hf; Ufd
Location
Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 54m

Award Wins

Best Actress

1999
Hilary Swank

Best Actress

2000
Hilary Swank

Award Nominations

Best Supporting Actress

1999
Chloe Sevigny

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States February 18, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 3, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 17, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 24, 2000

Released in United States on Video April 18, 2000

Released in United States 1999 (Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 - October 10, 1999.)

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Cinema of the Present) September 1-11, 1999.)

Released in United States October 1999 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (in competition) October 6-21, 1999.)

Released in United States November 1999 (Shown at Gijon International Film Festival in Spain November 19-26, 1999.)

Released in United States November 1999 (Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.)

Hilary Swank was named NATO/ShoWest 1999 Female Star of Tomorrow.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Actress (Hilary Swank) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Actress (Hilary Swank) from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Debut Director (Kimberly Peirce) from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

Winner of the 1999 award for Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny) from the National Society of Film Critics.

Winner of the award for Best Actress (Hilary Swank) at the 1999 Gijon International Film Festival.

Winner of the Silver Hugo Award for Best Actress (Hilary Swank) at the 1999 Chicago International Film Festival.

Winner of three 1999 awards from the Boston Society of Film Critics, including Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny) and Best Newcomer (Kimberly Peirce).

Winner of two 1999 awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, including Best Actress (Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actress (Chloe Sevigny).

Winner of two 1999 Golden Satellites, including Best Actress - Drama (Hilary Swank) and Best Supporting Actress - Drama (Chloe Sevigny), from the International Press Academy.

Released in United States Fall October 8, 1999

Expanded Release in United States October 15, 1999

Expanded Release in United States October 22, 1999

Expanded Release in United States February 18, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 3, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 17, 2000

Expanded Release in United States March 24, 2000

Released in United States on Video April 18, 2000

Released in United States 1999

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States October 1999

Released in United States November 1999

Released in United States July 2000

Released in United States 2014

Shown at New York Film Festival September 24 - October 10, 1999.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival (Cinema of the Present) September 1-11, 1999.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival (in competition) October 6-21, 1999.

Shown at Gijon International Film Festival in Spain November 19-26, 1999.

Shown at London Film Festival November 3-18, 1999.

Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.

Project was workshopped at the Sundance Institute's 1997 June Filmmakers/Screenwriters Lab.

Fox Searchlight acquired worldwide rights at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival for a reported $5 million on the basis of 20 minutes of unedited footage.

Completed shooting November 24, 1998.

Began shooting October 19, 1998.

Released in United States Fall October 8, 1999

Expanded Release in United States October 15, 1999

Expanded Release in United States October 22, 1999

Released in United States July 2000 (Shown at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival July 5-15, 2000.)

Released in United States 2014 (U.S. Features)

"Boys Don't Cry" was honored by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation for (best) limited release film at the 11th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on April 2, 2000.