New York Times - 04/09/1993
"...[De Niro's Dwight] is so well defined and complex that he gives point to everybody and everything around him..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/18/1998
"...[DiCaprio fights De Niro] to an honorable draw, something few performers, and no other teenager, could do..." -- Rating: A
Variety - 03/15/1993
"...Nicely acted....De Niro brings both a rough charm and ferocious power to Dwight....Leonardo DiCaprio is excellent..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/23/1993
"...The movie is very involving..."
USA Today - 05/24/2005
"Undeservedly underseen....[A] great phooey-on-the-'50s memoir..."
The story of a boy and his free-spirited mother in 1950's America who together try to make her new marriage work, hoping to conform to a husband and father who is cruel and old-fashioned.
A film based on Tobias Wolff's much-praised autobiography about his troubled youth. Caroline Wolff, divorced and with no job prospects, takes her son Toby on an aimless journey across America. They stop for a while in several towns, where Caroline gets involved with different men, but they always end up back on the road, running -- until Caroline meets Dwight Hansen, a military man whom she believes will bring stability to their lives and help raise Toby. But Dwight proves to be a sadistic dictator, determined to impose a rigid and cruel discipline on Toby. When the boy finally cannot take it anymore, he looks for any escape... even if it means he'll have to fight Dwight to get out.
Coming Of Age |
Family Interaction |
Theatrical Release |
Color by Technicolor.
Shot on location in Washington and Utah.
Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.