This Boy's Life

Synopsis: In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Michael Caton-Jones
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

-How do you know where I work, Roy?

-I've been here aImost a week.

And you've been foIIowing me

around for a week?

How did you find me?

You Iike that rifIe, Toby?

It's the best present ever. I Iove it.

I'II go pretend I'm shooting.

Don't point it at anybody

or I won't teach you to shoot.

-It's not Ioaded.

-You heard me. Anything or anybody.

-It's got no buIIets.

-Don't make me say it again.

Fine. I'II just go point it

at the sky then.


Roy, don't!

Don't, Roy. Toby's stiII awake.

You are one sweet thing, baby.

It's just the sight of you

makes my dick hard.

Don't, Roy.

Don't, now.

He's not going to hear anything!

Look, I'm--

Sorry, baby. I'm sorry.

Come on, you know I didn't mean that.

I'm just so gIad to see you.

Most afternoons,

I'd wander around in a trance.

Sometimes I'd go downtown,

stare at the merchandise.

Maybe I'd shoplift. Maybe not.

I used to imagine I saw my father

coming toward me.

I'd wait for him to recognize me.

I knew it wasn't him. He lived

back East, married to a rich woman.

His nickname was Duke

and that's how I thought of him... a duke living in a castle

far away.

A few minutes later,

I'd pick someone else.

-I'm home.

-Hi, honey.

-We going somepIace?

-We sure are.


-I don't know. Any ideas?


-Good. I was thinking Phoenix.

Or SeattIe. PIenty of opportunities

in both pIaces.

What about your fabuIous boyfriend?

The fabuIous, boring Roy.

-Is he coming too?

-God, I hope not.

I Iooked out the window at work today,

he was across the street watching.

-So uncooI.

-You didn't think so Iast night.

''I just Iove my new rifIe, Roy!

It's the bestest present I ever had.''

Shut up.


Now? We're Ieaving now?

-What about the food?

-Leave it.

-Even the canned stuff?

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Robert Getchell

Robert Getchell (December 6, 1936 – October 21, 2017) was an American screenwriter. Getchell wrote the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and created the sitcom based on that film, Alice. Getchell was also the screenwriter for the 1981 Docudrama film "Mommie dearest" which is based on Christina Crawford's Nightmarish childhood with her adoptive mother and Actress Joan Crawford. Getchell's screenplay didn't took the film seriously and won the 2nd "Golden Raspberry Award" for worst screenplay due to the scripts over-the-top and uncanny dialogue. more…

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