R | | Biography, Crime, Drama
Female-born Teena Brandon adopts his male identity of Brandon Teena and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska.
Many of the night shots of the road were filmed by director Kimberly Peirce and cinematographer Jim Denault. When the filming stopped for the day, they used to drive to collect material.
Dave - Deputy:
Miss Brandon? Miss Brandon, we ran your Charles Behrman ID through to the computer, and this is what the Lincoln authorities faxed us over. You tell me.
Brandon: Wow... This Teena chick's pretty messed up.
Near the beginning of the movie when Brandon's wallet spills to the floor, his license clearly is an Iowa driver's license. Yet towards the end after the rape scene, Brandon tells Lani she has never left Lincoln, Nebraska. In fact, it is common for fake ids (which Brandon has) to be out-of-state ids, since this makes authentication more difficult.
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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)