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This Boy's Life [DVD]
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Based on the memoirs of writer Tobias Wolff, This Boy's Life is the powerful tale of a rebellious teenage boy growing up in the 1950s with an abusive step-father. The film features a legendary performance from Robert De Niro, alongside a young Leonardo DiCaprio in his first leading role.
Having drifted from town to town and various different relationships, single mother Caroline and her son Toby eventually move to Seattle where she meets Dwight. The couple marry but her husband's veneer of respectability soon fades to reveal a bullying, violent tyrant.
Robert De Niro gets top billing, but young Leonardo DiCaprio is the revelation of This Boy's Life, an astute, often painful drama of growing up in the 1950s Pacific Northwest, based on the autobiographical novel by Tobias Wolff. DiCaprio plays Tobias, a good kid with a bad boy streak but an unwavering love for his divorced mother (Ellen Barkin). "I want to be a better boy", he promises from under a greasy pompadour, and tries to prove it when she marries single father Dwight (DeNiro), a bully who parents through intimidation and humiliation. A pre-Titanic DiCaprio is magnetic in his first starring role, full of anger, hope and confusion as he drifts back to juvenile delinquency and his intensity gives the true story of survival and triumph its charge. DeNiro is frightening and pathetic as Dwight, and Dwight's youngest daughter is played by future star and vampire slayer Eliza Dushku. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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De Niro stars alongside a young Di Caprio (Gangs of New York, Titanic) and both renowned actors pull off sensational performances in this gripping family issue driven drama.
De Niro plays Dwight, a confidant but harsh man who sees Concrete as the best place to straighten out the naughty arrogant teenager, superbly portrayed by Di Caprio.
Barkin (Drop dead gorgeous, mercy) is astonishing as the depressed and sometimes cheerfully positive mother. Playing a character that has different personalities is remarkable and one scene where she confronts De Niro is remarkably brilliant.
I think this film worked so well because of the acting but mainly the story was a picture perfect of real life situations and what some families have to go through in their lives. This story is based on a real life of Tobias Wolff and because it is, it allows audience to accept the harsh and truthful ideologies put forth by director Caton-Jones (Rob Roy)
It is a very emotional story which reflects what some people are really like. We watch the arrogant teenager of Di Caprio, the harsh and brutal man De Niro and the troubled mother Barkin all perform greatly.
It is a very brutal film with many scenes of physical and physiological violence. There are many ideologies about bullying, discipline, work ethics, financial, living conditions and many other conventional real life situations.
Di Caprio's character is varied in some senses, acting as a typical teenager and getting up to trouble which allows his character to be believable and likable.Read more ›
Both Robert Di Denero and Ellen Barkin are also great and it's a believable and often sad story.
I really enjoyed the film.
It is also one of the best that Leonardo DiCaprio has ever starred in.
Sadly (as of July 2010) it has been deleted on DVD and is only available 2nd hand, which is a shame.
The film has everything, laughter, sadness, sunshine, music, it's a feel good film that also makes you sad at times. You get to like the characters (apart from De Niro's) and it leaves you wanting more.
I currently have this on VHS but will be paying for the DVD soon as I like it too much not to own it.
I had already read the book and loved it.
This movie was made with Robert De Niro and a young Leonardo DiCaprio and has to be seen.. Great story and so well acted.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
De Niro and Di Caprio make a great team in this film. Based on a true story, De Niro plays Leo's new step-dad and turns out to be a bully. Excellent acting, great story.Published 2 months ago by 42-39-56
Brilliant biography starring a young Leonardo di Caprio & Robert De NiroPublished 18 months ago by Julia27
This a great film and anyone who likes Robert De Niro will love this film ! outstanding, 5 stars very happy!!very pleased!Published 21 months ago by Alawes
Love this film robert de Niro is awesome so is Leo DiCaprio thanks good film dvd was in very good conditionPublished 24 months ago by arthur clare