This Boy's Life

This Boy's Life (1993)

A true story based on the award-winning book by Tobias Wolff.

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1993-04-09
  • User Rating: 7.1/10 from 454 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Knickerbocker Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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.

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  • Robert De Niro

    as Dwight Hansen
  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    as Tobias Wolff
  • Ellen Barkin

    as Caroline Wolff Hansen
  • Chris Cooper

    as Roy
  • Jonah Blechman

    as Arthur Gayle
  • Eliza Dushku

    as Pearl
  • Carla Gugino

    as Norma
  • Tobey Maguire

    as Chuck Bolger
  • Tracey Ellis

    as Kathy
  • Robert Zameroski

    as Arch Cook
  • Kathy Kinney

    as Marian
  • Zachary Ansley

    as Skipper
  • Travis MacDonald

    as Psycho
  • Morgan Brayton

    as Silver Sister #2
Sound Carter Burwell Original Music Composer
Production Art Linson Producer
Camera David Watkin Director of Photography
Editing Jim Clark Editor
Directing Michael Caton-Jones Director
Writing Tobias Wolff Novel
Writing Robert Getchell Screenplay
Art Stephen J. Lineweaver Production Design
Production Rachel Abroms Casting
Production Owens Hill Casting
Art Sandy Cochrane Art Direction