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Little Boy Blue (1997)

R | | Drama | August 1998 (Sweden)
Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an ... See full summary »

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Antonio Tibaldi

Writer:

Michael Boston
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Jimmy West / Danny Knight
Nastassja Kinski ... Kate West
John Savage ... Ray West
Shirley Knight ... Doris Knight
Tyrin Turner ... Nate Carr
Jenny Lewis ... Traci Connor
Brent Jennings ... Tom
John Doman ... Andy Berg
Devon Michael Devon Michael ... Mark West
Adam Burke Adam Burke ... Mikey West
Kaitlin Hopkins ... Young Doris Knight
Dennis Letts ... Sgt. Phillips
Jerry Cotton Jerry Cotton ... Det. Fleaharty
Michael Boston ... Leo Dalt
Gail Cronauer ... Motel Clerk
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Living in the rural Texas panhandle is a dysfunctional family: an abusive dad, a Vietnam vet with a war wound that's left him impotent; a compliant wife and a son of about 20, who have an incestuous relationship at the insistence of the dad; and, two small sons who look a lot like their brother. The dad harbors a secret, and he goes to murderous lengths to keep it hidden. The young man, Jimmy, who sleeps out in the shed, has suspicions, but little comes out until a Yankee woman of middle age comes to town looking for a dead private eye. And why does dad keep calling Jimmy, "little boy blue"? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Murder. Seduction. Revenge.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Wait till Dawn - Warte bis es dunkel wird... See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Jazz Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a flashback, Kaitlin Hopkins plays a younger version of the character played by Shirley Knight. Kaitlin Hopkins is the real-life daughter of Shirley Knight. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, a policeman buys a six pack of local Texas beer, the bottles of which are dark brown. They remove the six pack from the brown bag and put it on the table. After Doris Knight talks for a while, the beers become the Dutch import Heineken, and the beer package seems to be back in the brown bag again. See more »

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Danny Boy
Performed by Kaitlin Hopkins
Traditional tune with lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherby)
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Good performances, okay story, mediocre film.
23 February 2002 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Little Boy Blue" tells the story of a rural Texas trailer trash family with an abusive Vietnam vet patriarch (Savage), a teenaged son (Phillippe) who has sex with the mother (Kinski), and a pair of young sons. Laboring over one dysfunctional moment after another, this dark and ominous drama manages solid performances from a solid cast while it squanders everything on the setup and then sprints to the end in the denouement. More could have been made of the "hook" which comes off like too little, too late. A good watch for those into dark dramas about dysfunctional people and families.


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