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CastHilary Swank, Peter Sarsgaard, Jeanetta Arnette, Chloë Sevigny, Brendan Sexton, Jr., Alison Folland, Rob Campbell, Alicia Goranson, Matt McGrath
DirectorKimberly Peirce
Genre:  Drama
Release Date:  October 8, 1999
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterKimberly Peirce
Runtime:  1hr 56min
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Quick Tip by . December 09, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Wonderfully acted film based on a true story. Possibly one of the most depressing films I've seen. Watch it when you're in the right mood.
review by . February 08, 2009
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This is the true story of Teena Brandon (Hillary Swank), a lonely teenage girl living as a man, "Brandon Teena." She's been in trouble with the law and has no roots. When she comes to a new town, she is befriended by a "family" of perpetually-drunk low-lifes, and is attracted to Lana (Chloe Sevigny), who dreams of going to Memphis and being a karaoke singer. Brandon and Chloe fall in love, angering two men who begin to suspect Brandon's true identity.     Swank's performance …
review by . July 31, 2000
Pros: Outstanding performance by the assembled cast     Cons: Disjointed in places     Its easy to see why Hilary Swank (Last Karate Kid III, Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), won the Oscar for best actress in 1999 for her touching portrayal of Brandon Teena (Teena Brandon), the tortured, confused young woman who desperately tried to deny that she was a lesbian, and instead clung to the notion that she was a man trapped inside a woman’s body. …
review by . June 25, 2000
Pros: Fascinating True Story     Cons: Very very depressing, no good ending     After all the hype about this film, I picked up a copy at the local video store. I had heard great things about it and how it really told it "like it is" but I wasn't expecting the horrific violence and sadness of it. I was somehow hoping that this would have a good ending or give some sort of positive affirmation.      My overwhelming feeling about …
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