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Product details

  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Lee Cormie, Christian Byers, James Fraser, Jack Thompson
  • Directors: Rod Hardy
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Y87CMM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Based on Michael Noonan's novel by the same name, December Boys recounts the tale of four close-knit orphans in Australia, called the December Boys as they were all born in the same month, who leave their orphanage for a holiday by the sea. Having all but given up hope of ever being adopted, the boys' friendships will be tested when rumours that a couple are interested in adopting one of them. The four boys find themselves competing to gain a chance at living a real family life.

Synopsis

Based on the novel by Michael Noonan, December Boys is a touching coming-of-age drama set in Australia in the 1960s. Maps (Daniel Radcliffe), Misty (Lee Cormie), Sparks (Christian Byers), and Spit (James Fraser) are four best friends living in a Catholic orphanage, each hoping to be adopted by a decent family, but learning that dreams don't always come true--and that adults often let kids down. Because they were all born in December, they are the first group to be taken to stay with two of the orphanage's benefactors--Bandy (Jack Thompson) and Skipper (Kris McQuade)--an older couple who have offered to house the kids during the Christmas season. As the boys frolic by the sea and experience other new and exciting things, they quickly discover that there is much more to the world than they had ever imagined. However, when Misty overhears that Teresa (Victoria Hill) and her husband, Fearless (Sullivan Stapleton), are considering adopting one of the boys, their carefree fun turns to bitter rivalry as the boys compete for their affections. The only one not caught up in all the furore is Maps, who is too busy experiencing his first romance with Lucy (Teresa Palmer).
Filmed in Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island, and directed by long-time TV veteran Rod Hardy, December Boys features beautiful locales, a talented cast, and a terrific soundtrack, including period songs by Norman Greenbaum ('Spirit In The Sky'), the Easybeats ('Friday On My Mind'), and Creedence Clearwater Revival ('Who'll Stop The Rain').

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hippo Queen on 6 Nov. 2010
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I admit it! I'm a Daniel Radcliffe fan even though he's young enough to be my son - just!

The photography and script are brilliant and you can't better the Australian scenery as a film set.

I'll be watching this film with great delight for years too come!

Money well spent!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. Lees on 17 Mar. 2010
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I bought this film after I had originally rented it as I wanted to watch it over and over again. And I have seen something different in it every time. So this is a good film if you want something gentle, but moving and thought-provoking. There are some powerful messages, not least the fact that families may take different forms and may not always be made up of blood relatives. Another hidden gem was the emergence and fulfilment of Maps' vocation as a 'big brother' to those who have been abandoned. You'll have to watch the film to understand fully what I'm talking about! It's also appropriate to comment on Daniel Radcliffe's performance which I think was intelligent, mature and good to watch. Because it is what I would describe as a film based on real life (as opposed to fantasy), it is an ideal vehicle for him to make the transition from 'you know what' to a long-term acting career. And it was interesting to see him play a role which relies less on dialogue, but on facial expressions and body language. The only thing that jarred slightly was the ages of the grown-up characters at the end. They just looked too old, but this is a relatively minor gripe about a film that I have really enjoyed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wazza Jude on 17 May 2012
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the disc is a widescreen 2.4:1 presentation and audio is 5.1.Merit to be given as the audio could easily have been 2.0 as alot of releases still can be.,especially as this title could either have been a hit or a miss in regards to sales.There are only 'additional scenes' as extras which is poor,no commentary track.,this I'd say was this titles only floor as there is no HD equivalent as yet.
I will skip to the chase.Daniel Radcliffe fans will be over the moon with this film,he's about 15/16 years of age here,probably filmed it inbetween Potters five & six.Radcliffe is not the Radcliffe we see in the Potter movies...he looks different,I am made up I own this dvd.
The story portrayed here is very similar to alot of stuff which comes out of Australia,...sentimental,inspirational,simplistic,organic & re-watchable.,but in this case unquestionably a showcase for Radcliffe.
Is a 12 rating but should be at least 13a as contains parts which are sexually suggestive.,not for young kids as the '12' may recommend.,very Australian.
Wazza.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dee on 3 Dec. 2011
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just great, have read the book and in MY opinion the film was everything and more, the back drop to the film is just great and inviting, the boys were just superb actors that somehow just fit the bill so natuarly to the film, the other actors alongside the story were great,they looked and slid well into the film, i loved how relaxed the father was he was a holy man but not restricted to the vows of the cloth very laid back, and wanting the boys to feel free, danial radcliff was super not at all what i expected, his accent was brill to the point i was shocked, sullivan stapelton played this underling character that was just needed for the whole story he played the part great, i will watch this again it made me feel warm happy sad joyfull, great film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By davidqq on 17 Jan. 2011
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There is a specific Australian film genre about children growing up outside of the normal family group. Despite this, the film holds your attention with a good story line.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on 30 Oct. 2008
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Everyone watches this because they want to see Daniel Radcliffe in something other than Harry Potter. Ok. Fine. And he doesn't do a bad job. The only thing is, he's not in the main role, but he's in many more scenes than the main character. He's only really been casted as Maps so that they can have his name on the front of the box. They've added in whole scenes just to make up a relationship between Maps (Radcliffe) and some random girl who didn't figure in the book. WHY?!?

It's an ok film. But not if you want it to be close to the book. It's been changed so much since the book. I think it's a real shame that it's changed. Because the book is fab. And the film isn't.
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By Mr. Beaumont TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Mar. 2014
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I was really looking forward to watching December Boys. But it's such a disappointment. I found it dull and boring tbh. I have never read the book so I can't talk about that. But yea, not for me, sorry.
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By Laura Jamieson on 19 Jan. 2013
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I was slightly disappointed by this film as I had been wanting to see it for ages. The film itself isn't bad but nothing major happens, it just has a great story to it. Still worth the money!
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