Boys Don't Cry

Synopsis: Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who've never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he's one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana; however, he's forgotten to mention one important detail. It's not that he's wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon's life is ripped apart.
Director(s): Kimberly Peirce
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 47 wins & 37 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

- Maybe you've had enough.

- I ain't had any.

No shit, man. People like you, you don't need

drugs. You just hallucinate 24 hours a day.

All right, Tom, you're up.

Not me, man. I'm drinkin'.

Brandon, that means you.

- Yeah, stud! Let's go, cowboy!

- Come on, you can do it.

Brandon is a mean prizefighter from Lincoln.

Be careful what you say to him.

Tough. Very tough.

Don't let 'em scare ya. You can do it.


Come on!

You can do better than that!

One more time.

John, come on. Stop it, John.

Oh, OK, OK.

- Take it easy.

- I'm fine.

Yeah, you're fine. You're fucked up,

you know? You are one crazy little fucker.

- What are we goin' to do with you?

- Man, it's nothin'.

Wait, where are we goin'?

Wait, I'll drive!

There's a diamond

In her eye

It's a-shinin'

Up above

And the moon

In the sky

Say you want it

Tell her why

Where gamblers

Tell you lies

She'll take a tumble

And never lose

And in the mornin'

She'll wear a smile

She's made of stars

Oh, hi.

You sell, uh...

- Ruffles?

- Ruffles. Right over there.

Thank you.

Dream on, Lana.

- I can't be sellin' you no beer tonight.

- Fine. I'll browse.

The beer's in the back if you want it.


Space cowboy!

I'm so wasted. I don't know

if I'm ever gonna come down.

- That's OK.

- I need beer.

Come here.

It's OK. It's OK.

It's OK. Here.

- It's for me.

- Can I see some ID?


How beautiful!

Jesus Christ, I feel like I'm on acid.

It's like an album cover.

Would you, uh... care to join me?

- Come on.

- F*ck off!

Don't you talk to me like that,

you skanky little snake.

Kwik Stop.

Hey! Lana!

Lana, wait. I'll drive you. I got Candace's car.

I'm walkin'.

Well, here.

What are you still hangin' around here for?

Well, I thought someone oughta

walk you home before you get an MIP.

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Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Ane Peirce (born September 8, 1967) is an American feature film director, best known for her debut feature film, Boys Don't Cry (1999). Her second feature, Stop-Loss, was released by Paramount Pictures in 2008. Her most recent feature film, Carrie, was released on October 18, 2013. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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