R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Lisa Jakub auditioned with Hilary Swank for the part of Brandon/Teena. Hilary showed up dressed like a boy; and walked and talked like a boy. The only thing Lisa had done was put her hair in a ponytail, and walked into the audition, hoping to get it over and ... ...
You don't seem like you're from around here.
Brandon: Where... where do I seem like I'm from?
Nicole: Someplace... beautiful.
During the final scene John is wearing gloves, except in the one shot that he and Tom are fighting to reach for the gun, where he is suddenly barehanded.
A special thanks to all of the transmen and butch dykes who helped, advised and auditioned for this project and supported the process of bringing this story to the screen.
$73,720 (USA) (10 October 1999)
$11,533,945 (USA) (21 May 2000)