15 certificateThis Boy's Life is a Film programme that first aired in 1993 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

This Boy's Life is a 4 star programme

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This Boy's Life (1993)

Directed by
Michael Caton-Jones

Set in the 1950s, this is a drama about a divorcee's struggle to bring up her teenage son, and her attempts to introduce her new beau as a father figure.

When Caroline (Ellen Barkin) meets Dwight (Robert de Niro, pictured), who seems to be a kind man, she agrees to marry him, thinking he will be able to curb her son's bad behaviour. But Dwight turns out to have a cruel and tyrannical streak, and only succeeds in making her son Toby (Leonardo DiCaprio, pictured) hate him with a passion.

Not a totally successful effort from director Michael Caton-Jones, this 1993 drama potters possibly too long and drags a bit, but DiCaprio is on form as the rebellious son, learning to be a man.

Worth a look.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 135 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1993

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Filmed in Colour


Image for Robert de NiroRobert de Niro...Dwight Hansen
Image for Ellen BarkinEllen Barkin...Caroline
Image for Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio...Toby
Jonah Blechman...Arthur Gayle
Image for Eliza DushkuEliza Dushku...Pearl
Image for Chris CooperChris Cooper...Roy
Image for Carla GuginoCarla Gugino...Norma
Zachary Ansley...Skipper
Tracy Ellis...Kathy
Kathy Kinney...Marian
Robert Zameroski...Arch Cook
Image for Tobey MaguireTobey Maguire...Chuck Bolger
Tristan Tait...Jerry Huff
Travis MacDonald...Psycho
Richard Liss...A&P Manager