R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
When Hilary Swank was living as a man to prepare for the role of Brandon Teena, her neighbors believed that the young man coming and going from Swank's home (Swank in male character) was her visiting brother.
Dear Lana, By the time you read this, I'll be back home in Lincoln. I'm scared of what's ahead, but when I think of you I know I'll be able to go on. You were right. Memphis isn't far at all. I'll be making a trip out on the highway before too long....
When Mom reads the paper which shows Brandon's real name, she reads out "Teena Brandon age 19", yet when you see what she is reading it shows no age.
Thanks to ... everyone who volunteered to speak about his or her experiences and help with research.
The USA version originally garnered an NC-17 from the MPAA. The film was cut and re-rated R. The European version reportedly is uncut.
$73,720 (USA) (10 October 1999)
$11,533,945 (USA) (21 May 2000)