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The Boys (1998)

The Boys (1998)





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This Australian drama, following events during the 24 hours prior to a horrible (but unseen) crime, is adapted from the award-winning 1991 Gordon Graham play, which was inspired by the real-life rape-murder of a nurse in Sydney, Australia. After serving time for an assault on a liquor-store owner, troubled Brett Sprague (David Wenham, repeating the role he created onstage) is released from prison and returns home to his brothers, mother, and girlfriend. As Brett begins to drink his way through the day, his anger and suspicions turn into a psychopathic rage. Shown at the 1998 Berlin Film Festival.
R (For violence, language, and some drug use.)
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Toni Collette
as Michelle
David Wenham
as Brett Sprague
Lynette Curran
as Sandra Sprague
John Polson
as Glenn Sprague
Anthony Hayes
as Stevie Sprague
Anna Lise
as Nola
Pete Smith
as George
Sal Sharah
as Nick
Peter Hehir
as Graham Newman
Andrew Heys
as Sparrow
Teo Gebert
as Policeman
Anthony Kierann
as Policeman
Stephen Leeder
as Commissioner
Veronica Neave
as Girl at Bus Stop
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Critic Reviews for The Boys

All Critics (4)

A slow-paced film set in the poor working-class suburbs of Sydney...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Boys

The Boys, a chilling Australian film rife with domestic violence features Brett Sprague (David Wenham), a man on parole whose thin veil of humanity becomes evident within hours of moving back in with his two brothers, their girlfriends, and mom. Manipulating and intimidating everyone in the household doesn't come easy. As the mother fails to keep together the family in Brett's wake, the household becomes beset with Brett's omnipotent presence evidenced in the following quote from the end of the film "We're all gods in our own world", said before committing a heinous crime that viewers are only allowed to speculate at based on a few lines in the ending scene and cut ins of the three brothers being escorted in handcuffs. The beginning of the film features eerie piano music from The Necks, showing images of everyday household objects illustrating how the ordinary can take on meaning often larger than itself, providing escape for the inhabitants of this household run by a sociopath.

Benjamin  Ehlers
Benjamin Ehlers

It's a difficult and painful film to watch, but it is nonetheless an experience in the waiting.

Robert Fearon
Robert Fearon

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