Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

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Taika Waititi

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Taika Waititi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Rolleston ... Boy
Te Aho Eketone-Whitu Te Aho Eketone-Whitu ... Rocky
Taika Waititi ... Alamein
Moerangi Tihore Moerangi Tihore ... Dynasty
Cherilee Martin Cherilee Martin ... Kelly
RickyLee Waipuka-Russell RickyLee Waipuka-Russell ... Chardonnay (as Rickylee Waipuka-Russell)
Haze Reweti Haze Reweti ... Dallas
Maakariini Butler Maakariini Butler ... Murray
Rajvinder Eria Rajvinder Eria ... Tane
Manihera Rangiuaia Manihera Rangiuaia ... Kingi
Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson ... Holden
Rachel House ... Aunty Gracey
Waihoroi Shortland Waihoroi Shortland ... Weirdo
Cohen Holloway ... Chuppa
Pana Hema Taylor ... Juju
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Storyline

It's 1984. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Comedy | Drama

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Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi. See more »

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While driving, Boy and his Dad pass a yellow warning sign. These signs were not used in New Zealand at the time of the film. See more »

Quotes

Kelly: Wow, real milk!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits there is a message in Maori: "Ko Tawhitinui te maunga Ko Maru-O-Hinemaka te marae Ko Tauira mai Tawhiti te waka Ko te Whanau a Pararaki te hapu TE-WHANAU-A-APANUI TE IWI!

Tihei Mauri ora." See more »

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References The Incredible Hulk (1977) See more »

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E Te Atua
(Traditional Arranged by Georgina Kingi)
KSP Music
Performed by St Josephs Maori Girls Choir
South Pacific Recordings
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delightful light-hearted sweetness
16 August 2010 | by musings-morselsSee all my reviews

Boy is a simple but emotionally powerful story about growing up, relationships, following your head over your heart and drawing the line between right and wrong. It's easily one of the best New Zealand films ever made. It's Rich characters and humorous dialogue, entailed by the occasional light-hearted hand drawn animations delivered a hugely entertaining blend of culture, comedy and drama.

The story started on a perfect note with Boy played by James Rolleston giving his show and tell speech in the classroom. It introduced the character, his background and set the atmosphere, mood and setting all in one go without being a dull lead up. Taika Waititi (who also plays the dead beat father) did an amazing job in setting out each detailed scene with the occasional Michael Jackson tributes giving the film an even disperse of light-hearted laughs at the same time appropriately moving the plot along.

The film gave a heart aching recount on every boy's natural instinct to worship their father, whether they deserve it or not. The growth and resilience of each character portrayed superbly by every single actor from the child stars to the minor adult characters was a pleasure to watch. It still brings a smile to my face today. Pure brilliance...

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English | Maori

Release Date:

25 March 2010 (New Zealand) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,244, 4 March 2012

Gross USA:

$256,211

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$43,551,154
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (fantasy sequence)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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