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Plot: The story about the relationship between a rebellious 50s teenager and his abusive step-father, based on the memoirs of writer and literature professor Tobias Wolff. Runtime: 115 mins Release Date: 23 Apr 1993
"I Know a Thing or Two, About a Thing or Two." (by bkoganbing)
This Boy's Life was the break out role for Leonardo DiCaprio who proved what a great talent he was in this coming of age film. He had to be to hold his own with Robert DeNiro. DeNiro with his great ear for voices and accents perfectly captures the role of stepfather Dwight Hansen, a man with a terrible inferiority complex who takes it out on his stepson.The film is based on the memoirs of writer Tobias Wolff as he and his mother endured five years of hell with this very provincial man who is trapped in the small town mentality of Concrete, Washington during the 1950s. The title quote is <more>
from DeNiro who repeats that line many times during the film. In fact that's all he does is talk in clichés and it's made abundantly clear that his level of ignorance about the outside world is frightening.That puts him in contrast with stepson DiCaprio who's a bright kid and capable of going places with some guidance. DeNiro isn't about to provide that guidance, he's just plain jealous of him.In fact This Boy's Life is similar in that respect to the Tom Cruise film All the Right Moves where Cruise is also trying to escape the drab life he sees in his small Pennsylvania mining town through athletics and meets with jealousy from many around him, but not in his own family circle.This Boy's Life should be required viewing on the effects of homophobia. In addition to the principal players, DeNiro, DiCaprio, and Ellen Barkin as DiCaprio's mother, credit should go to Jonah Blechman who played gay teen Arthur Gayle. He's got a real lonely existence in Concrete, Washington. Arthur's story is still unfortunately being acted out today in thousands of small town throughout the USA. He gravitates to DiCaprio, not just sexually, but because he recognizes a kindred spirit there.Among other things DeNiro encourages is homophobia as homosexuality is one of many things he's ignorant about and prefers to remain so. It's quite a scene in which DeNiro encourages DiCaprio to beat up Arthur on any and all occasions.In fact that's ultimately Dwight's problem. It's maybe ONLY two things that he knows anything about and can converse intelligently on. And he's living in a town full of other Dwights as ignorant as he is.This is one of the best films of the last decade of the last century and should not be missed.
I liked this film. I was able to relate not only to the young boy, Tobias Wolff, but also the stepfather Dwight. This film brought back memories of myself growing up when I was that age, as well as memories of being an errant father myself raising a son.After viewing the movie twice, I checked out the book at the library and read it.I feel that the film followed the storyline of the book quite well. Robert DeNiro did a superb job of protraying Dwight, as did Leonardo DiCaprio protraying Jack.I recommend viewing this film by anyone who is raising a teenage son, so as to give some insight to <more>
the pitfalls that adolescence will challenge a father. Don't wait until after you have already raised your son, as then it is too late to benefit from the knowledge you will gain from this excellent story.
This is such a good movie. One of the best acted movies. I liked it the first time watching it, and I loved it, the second time around, many many years later. This movie really makes you empathize with a single parent raising their children, especially the relationship of a single mom and her loving, but rebellious son. This movie really starts when the mom decides to re-marry, and a step dad gets introduced into the picture, and assumes the role of reforming the rebellious son. I completely agree with the other comments on this board - that Robert Dinero gave a super performance in this <more>
role, and what amazes me the most, is Leonardo DiCaprio's performance. If this was his only role he ever did, it would be enough to demonstrate his acting ability. Its a wonder why neither of these roles were nominated.
A remarkably compelling piece of work, with groundbreaking performances by DeNiro and DiCaprio (by mattymatt4ever)
I heard of this movie before, but I had no knowledge of what it was about, and basically rented it because it looked good and Robert DeNiro is the star--my Number One favorite actor. Well, DeNiro's performance is one of the high points of the film, and he is extraordinary as the abusive father who seems pleasant and jovial at times, but can turn violent when you push his buttons. Leonardo DiCaprio is also great, in one of the best performances of his career. Over the years, he's been gaining a reputation as a glamour guy. And that he is, but you must see his performance in this movie <more>
before regarding him as "just another pretty face." He was still in his early teens I'm guessing when he made this film, so this was a long time before he hit it big with "Titanic." Ellen Barkin is also good, but I wish her character could've been developed a little more. I kept wondering, during the course of the film, why she felt like withstanding Dwight's abuse for such a long period of time. In the beginning of the film, she's established as a free spirit--the kind of woman that romances a man, then drives off to another state to find her next man. Well, why didn't she do the same thing with this jerk? The film is based on a true story, so I'm sure she really did stay with him that long, but I just wanted to know her motives. "This Boy's Life" is a solid, beautifully made slice-of-life that kept me glued to the screen from start to finish. The climax is an emotional powerhouse that made me want to stand up and cheer. Please check out this underrated masterpiece! My score: 9 out of 10
Although I didn't live there during the time the movie was made I did venture up one afternoon to see what the town looked like as a movie set. Remarkably, the town looked much like I remembered from my childhood in the 60's and it was a nice journey back in time. While living in Arizona '92-2001 I would frequently watch the movie when I was homesick; I enjoyed seeing my old town, my old schools & the surrounding scenic shots. I am now living back in Concrete and sadly, the town has wasted away to nothing; but with This Boy's Life I can go back for an hour or so to when <more>
it was a really great place to live and grow-up. The real-life Dwight has since died everyone who knew him says he was just like book and movie portrayed him and his real kids dispute the fact that he was an abusive father. Tobias Wolff is, of course, now a well-known writer but remembered as a nice, fun-loving kid who did pretty well weathering the constant stress at home while growing up. A number of Concrete residents still resent the portrayal of our town as a back-woods redneck community that harbors child-abusers. Unfortunately, the truth hurts & that description pretty much sums up our little spot on the map. But we do have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, lots of fresh air and no gangs so I guess we are better off than a lot of urban environments. Leo DiCaprio did a great job in his role. Ellen Barkin was memorable but I had a hard time feeling much empathy for her character. DiNiro was - well...DiNiro. Every role he touches becomes gold and this one will shine for a long time. This movie was highly underrated in my opinion and not just because I was biased and should have gotten more notice after it's release. You can still see it on the pay channels, occasionally on cable networks and of course, video & DVD. The sets, clothing, and music really do justice to the time. See it and you will never forget it! ***small tidbit: on my trip up to Concrete to visit the set I was happened upon DiNiro, DiCaprio & Barkin filming the scene where they were driving for the first time into Concrete. The local sheriff had closed off the highway until the scene was completed but because I knew the area and side rural roads I sneaked up to a spot where I could videotape the car with the three inside going down the highway. I DID get decent video of DiNiro "driving" the car and was thrilled!
A terrific introduction of Leo's talents (by Smells_Like_Cheese)
Robert DeNiro is one of the finest living actors of Hollywood, most of his movies are pure gold, not to mention this fine film "The Boy's Life". He and not too well known at the time Leonardo made a wonderful coming of age story. Toby is a boy who is constantly on the move with his mother. He gets into trouble at school, smokes, and swears, not your straight arrow kid. But when his mother's new boyfriend, Dwight, offers to take him and turn him into a "straight arrow" boy with a good future, he does so. When he and the mother finally marry, Dwight's true colors <more>
start to show and not for the good. He's an alcoholic and abusive drunk who will not rest until everyone goes into his ways of thinking. With some other little unknowns like Eliza Dushku and Tobey Maguire, this is a terrific film.The acting is just incredible. The chemistry that feeds off of Robert and Leo going back and forth of their fights and anger, it's incredible. Leo's talents just shine and I would highly recommend this film if you enjoyed "Stand By Me". What a great movie! 9/10
A highly disturbing film about the violent relationship between a disturbed man, and his adolescent step-son. Remarkable performances from Robert DeNiro and Leonardo DiCaprio. The desperation and hatred is clearly conveyed by both of them; to the point that it's downright scary. Deniro's character is so seemingly normal, and yet so menacing and terrifying. Another remarkable acting performance from him.The taunting of the step-son, and the violent confrontations between the two are ugly, yet mesmerizing. You feel the claustrophobic feeling the boy must have had living in this small <more>
town, trapped into this relationship. Some of this is very tough to watch.
This was an excellent tale of what some people's lives are really like. The acting was flawless, the story rang true, and the dialogue was some of the best ever. Barkin was perfect as the man crazy, brainless mother, and De Niro captured the role of a bullying, phoney drunk completely. Men do indeed act like this every day, and women allow them to. Don't miss this one.
Boy and stepfather battle in intense drama (by bandw)
Tobias Leonardo DiCaprio and his mother Caroline Ellen Barkin are at loose ends after Caroline's divorce. Caroline has the get rich scheme of heading for uranium mining out west. After this and other other ideas fail, Caroline and Tobias wind up in Concrete, Washington yes, it actually exists where they are getting desperate. In steps Dwight, a local mechanic. Dwight seems sincere in his courting of Caroline and, since he offers stability and security, Caroline is willing to buy what he is offering by marrying him. After the marriage Dwight's dark side surfaces in the major <more>
conflict that develops between him and Tobias. Tobias is no angel, but to me his behavior was no more out of line than that of your typical rebellious youth, whereas Dwight's tyrannical behavior struck me as bordering on the sadistic. The scenes of physical abuse I found hard to watch.Why Dwight's reaction to Tobias is so extreme is open to speculation. In part I think it comes from Dwight's perception of what it means to be a man--you are the ultimate authority, one who brooks no opposition. Expanding on that theme, Dwight senses that Tobias is not living up to his stereotypical image, for example Tobias likes to read books of all things. In some ways I got the feeling that Dwight's behavior was not all malicious; some small part of him felt for Tobias and he was trying to impose his vision on him as how to deal with the world. However, there is one pivotal scene that said a lot about Dwight to me. While Dwight and Tobias were watching television a news report came on about Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane murdering Turner's boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, on the grounds that he was brutalizing her mother. Crane was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide. When that last piece of information was mentioned, Dwight looked over at Tobias who was paying intense attention to the program with a look that said, "Hmmmm, could this apply to me?" This indicated to me that Dwight knew he had gone over the line in his dealings with Tobias and maybe would pay the ultimate price.The movie takes place in the late 1950s and period details are inserted in order to make that point: cars, hair styles, clothes, TV, movies, music.De Niro is good here--I think you have to be a good actor to play such a thoroughly unlikeable bully as Dwight with such convincing realism. It is no small treat to see De Niro dressed in a scout uniform. Barkin is fine, but Caroline moves to deep background once the major struggle between Dwight and Tobias takes center stage. DiCaprio turns in a particularly good performance, being able to hold his own against two experienced actors.This is billed as a true story, being an accounting of author Tobias Wollf's experiences. I think this should more appropriately be labeled as based on truth, since there are some things that don't ring quite true. For example, the scene that has Tobias running a table saw in shop class at school is wrong. Not even the most inexperienced novice in a wood class would be passing the wood through the saw in the dangerous way that Tobias was. I was cringing just to watch it. And the injury we see he sustains could in no way be caused by the accident as pictured, at the least it would have been more serious. And there was no purpose to what he was doing with the saw to start with. After seeing this I wondered just how well the rest of the movie had been researched. To say that something is a true story is risky--not even most documentaries are without bias. What an author says in an autobiographical text has to be taken with some reservations as to the truthI am left wanting to read the book, since I am sure the relationships are more complicated than what can be presented here in two hours. We don't get to know Caroline very well, and how Dwight's kids from a previous marriage fit into the family is hardly treated. In particular I wanted to know more about Dwight's relationship with the other kids, especially with his son. More details on Tobias' relationship with the effeminate Arthur would be interesting--how did he square that relationship with his other tough friends? Was Arthur as stereotypically gay as shown?Overall I found this to be well acted and absorbing. It reminds me of the father/son battle waged in the 1979 movie, "The Great Santini."