This Boy’s Life

Character: Toby
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Written by: Tobias Wolff (book), Robert Getchell (screenplay)
Produced by: Peter Guber, Jon Peters
Other cast: Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, Jonah Blechman, Eliza Dushku .
Release date: April 23, 1993
Genre: Biography, Drama
Running time: 1h 55min

In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.



“Let’s Get Away from It All”
Performed by Frank Sinatra


Continuity: Dwight’s hand while taunting Toby with the Boy Scout magazine.
Continuity: Injured finger that’s still bandaged months later in the timeline of the story.
Continuity: In the final scene, Toby waves to his mother as she departs in a bus. In the next shot, showing the same bus driving away, there are obviously no passengers in the vehicle.

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