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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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Storyline

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.

Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jazz Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John Savage & Nastassja Kinski previously played husband & wife in the film Maria's Lovers (1984). See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when those two boys got out of the house, they were just wearing white tube socks, and they were walking on muddy surface. After a while, they somehow were wearing rubber boots. And when they were sleeping in the policeman's car, their white socks look clean without any mud on them. See more »

Soundtracks

Dance With Who Brung You
Performed by Asleep at the Wheel
Written by Ray Benson
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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A surprisingly complex, well-written, and well-acted drama.
24 February 2001 | by EverwasSee all my reviews

The primary problem with most non-mainstream films is that they fail to adhere to some of the basic cinematic elements that make films work. True, they are often interesting and provocative, but they fail in the larger sense that the film itself (not just the subject matter or content) fails to succeed for viewers.

That is not the case with "Little Boy Blue." For once, a novel premise and provocative content combine in a well-written screenplay that leaves the viewer fulfilled instead of disappointed. This film far exceeded my expectations in all areas, including the believable yet powerful acting in all of the major characters.

My major problem with the film was that the early part of the film didn't deal with (or even allude to) the overriding premise that really comes to light in the final third of the film. Additionally, the Doris Knight characterization seemed a bit unstable and her motivation in the final scenes is hard to pin down.

Still, a highly recommended film.


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