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This Boy's Life [DVD]

Robert De Niro , Leonardo DiCaprio , Michael Caton-Jones    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Barkin
  • Directors: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EX5Y72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

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.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent emotional drama 29 Sep 2006
By Stampy
After seeing De Niro in performances such as Raging Bull, Goodfellas and The Godfather part II I knew he was a great actor and although this may not be his best performance it is definitely one of his best.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs a re-release! 25 July 2010
By D.A.C
This film is one of the best of the early 1990s. It has become a cult 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab film 8 Mar 2010
Leonardo Di Caprio is amazing in this film, a tue star.
Both Robert Di Denero and Ellen Barkin are also great and it's a believable and often sad story.

I really enjoyed the film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UNDERATED FILM!! 31 May 2006
An excellent film about the frustrations of growing up, made worse by a destructive step father who is in all honesty a right bastard!! and one who enjoys one to many tinnys lol De Niro is excellent, but the real star of this film is decaprio who shines through out this film ive never been a fan of his work but the guy has earned my respect and he is truly a fantastic gifted actor and should of won an oscar for his role in this film i am not one to give away the full story when it comes to reviewing films as so many other reviewers do SHAME ON YOU GUYS!!! all i am going to say is if u have not seen this film then buy it now!! and if u have seen it and dont own it again buy it as it's a fantastic story of both courage and the will to survive...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This boy's life 19 May 2014
By Alawes
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This a great film and anyone who likes Robert De Niro will love this film ! outstanding, 5 stars very happy!!very pleased!
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5.0 out of 5 stars dvd review 21 Feb 2014
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Love this film robert de Niro is awesome so is Leo DiCaprio thanks good film dvd was in very good condition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend 7 Feb 2014
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Excellent film. A must for Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio fans. All my family enjoyed this film. Watch now.
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Terrific acting from De Niro who plays the wicked stepfather role superbly! But my favourite performance came from Leo who despite his tender age gave a resounding performance!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One to watch!
Brilliant biography starring a young Leonardo di Caprio & Robert De Niro
Published 11 days ago by Julia27
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
glad I bought it.
Published 11 days ago by LESLEY
2.0 out of 5 stars not liked
too violent for me
Published 1 month ago by Stave
5.0 out of 5 stars This Boy's Life.
Great movie that still stands up to this day, strong story that show's the human spirit and one's own strength to move on forward, Glad to have this in my dvd collection.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Barbara J. Petersen
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy almost brilliant film.
The brilliance of Leonardo di Caprio's performance carries you along, making Robert de Niro's strong acting appear almost too mannered, though perhaps the latter's role requires... Read more
Published 11 months ago by C. W. Morley
5.0 out of 5 stars Review for This Boys Life
My favourite film ever, so glad to have found it! Really cheap came quickly and was a good copy x
Published 16 months ago by miss donna wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
My English is not very good.I write from Spain.My opinion about this product is very good.I received this Dvd-Movie very fast,any problems.Thanks.
Published 18 months ago by jose rafael rubio gandia
5.0 out of 5 stars This boy's life
arrived on time It was ordered to be sent to daughter's address in UK and arrived on time and correct item
Published 19 months ago by sean omuircheartaigh
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great superb movie
It was great to see a young Leonardo de Caprio in this movie before he was famous playing along side of Robert De Niro.
Published 19 months ago by geoff bailey
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