Friday, February 8, 2013

Boys Don't Cry

1999 American Feature

Cast: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III, Alicia Goranson, Jeanetta Arnette and Matt McGrath
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Writers: Kimberly Peirce and Andy Bienen

The brief life and brutal death of Brandon Teena, a young transgender man.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 84%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 86% / Audience: 8.3 %
  • OMG rating: 9/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Actress (Swank); also nominated for Supporting Actress (Sevigny).
  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress (Swank).
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress (Swank).
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film - Limited Release.
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Drama (Swank); also nominated for Supporting Actress (Sevigny).
  • Independent Spirit Awards for Best Actress (Swank) and Supporting Actress (Sevigny); also nominated for Best First Feature, First Screenplay and Producers Award.
  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress (Swank) and Supporting Actress (Sevigny).
  • National Board of Review Awards for Outstanding Directorial Debut and Breakthrough Performance - Female (Swank).
  • National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (Sevigny).
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (Swank).
  • Screen Actors Guild Award Best Actress (Swank) and Supporting Actress (Sevigny).

  • Kimberly Peirce's original version of Brandon Teena's story was her Columbia University film school thesis project short film, also titled Boys Don't Cry.
  • Working Title: Take It Like a Man.
  • Casting Call: Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster and Katherine Moennig; three of the supporting actresses in the film — Chloë Sevigny, Alicia Goranson and Alison Folland — actually auditioned for the role of Brandon.
  • Potential Director: Diane Keaton.
  • To prepare for her role, Hilary Swank lived her life as a man for 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.
  • The film was named after the song of the same name by The Cure, and a cover version of the song is included on the soundtrack.

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