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December Boys [2007] [English] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 who live in a Catholic orphanage, hoping to be adopted but learning that dreams don't come true--and adults often let kids down. Because they were all born in December, they are the first group of boys who get to travel to a small cove and stay with an older couple, Bandy (Jack Thompson) and Skipper (Kris McQuade), two of the orphanage's benefactors who have offered to house the kids during the Christmas season. Once off on this rare vacation, the boys play in the sand and water, eat well, ride on a motorcycle, go to a carnival, and experience other new and exciting things as they quickly learn that there is more to the world than they ever imagined--and they get to meet some very strange characters in the process. But when Misty overhears that Teresa (Victoria Hill) and her husband, Fearless (Sullivan Stapleton), are considering adopting one of them, the battle is on--except for Maps, who is older than the others and instead spends his time with Lucy (Teresa Palmer), experiencing his first romance. Filmed in Adelaide and on Kangaroo Island and directed by longtime television veteran Rod Hardy, DECEMBER BOYS features beautiful locations, 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").
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    • Rating - for sexual content, nudity, underage drinking and smoking
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000027397

  • Credits
    Daniel Radcliffe, Christian Byers, Lee Cormie, Jack Thompson, James Fraser
  • Critic Reviews
    3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he HARRY POTTER star broods maturely....A warm, sentimental glow prevails at the end..."
    Total Film

    "There's much to like in this sensitive, moody depiction of turbulent teenage emotions -- Cormie, Byers and Fraser are uniformly excellent while the equally fine Radcliffe all but erases any memory of his Harry Potter self."
    Box Office

    "[A] nostalgia-driven coming-of-age drama....A nicely wrought film of modest ambitions..."
    Los Angeles Times

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