The story of a boy and his free-spirited mother in 1950's America who together try to make her new marriage work, hoping to conform to a husband and father who is cruel and old-fashioned.
Jonah Blechman - Actor/"This Boy's Life"
Michael Caton-Jones - British Director
Eliza Dushku - Actress/ TRUE LIES, Faith on "Buffy"
Leonardo DiCaprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Leonardo Di Caprio - American actor, TITANIC (1997), THE AVIATOR, GANGS OF NEW YO
Ellen Barkin - American Actress, DINER (1980)
Robert De Niro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
A film based on Tobias Wolff's much-praised autobiography about his troubled youth. Caroline Wolff, divorced and with no job prospects, takes her son Toby on an aimless journey across America. They stop for a while in several towns, where Caroline gets involved with different men, but they always end up back on the road, running -- until Caroline meets Dwight Hansen, a military man whom she believes will bring stability to their lives and help raise Toby. But Dwight proves to be a sadistic dictator, determined to impose a rigid and cruel discipline on Toby. When the boy finally cannot take it anymore, he looks for any escape... even if it means he'll have to fight Dwight to get out.
Color by Technicolor. Shot on location in Washington and Utah. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...[De Niro's Dwight] is so well defined and complex that he gives point to everybody and everything around him..." - 04/09/1993 New York Times, p.C10
"...[DiCaprio fights De Niro] to an honorable draw, something few performers, and no other teenager, could do..." -- Rating: A - 09/18/1998 Entertainment Weekly, p.92
"...Nicely acted....De Niro brings both a rough charm and ferocious power to Dwight....Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent..." - 03/15/1993 Variety
"...The movie is very involving..." - 04/23/1993 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39
"Undeservedly underseen....[A] great phooey-on-the-'50s memoir..." - 05/24/2005 USA Today, p.3D