Boys Town

No boy is bad, if given a chance!
Boys Town
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Format:  DVD  (2 Discs)
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DVD Features:

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 8, 2005
  • Originally Released: 1938
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Written by &
Composition by
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Director of Photography:

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1938 - Best Actor: Spencer Tracy
Academy Awards 1938 - Best Original Screenplay: Dore Schary & Eleanore Griffin
Academy Awards 1938 - Special Achievement Awards: Mickey Rooney

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 20


User Ratings: 4,210
Rating: 3/4 -- There's only one Christmas scene, but the movie's sentimental mood makes for nice holiday viewing. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Dec 25, 2009
Mickey Rooney is a hard case, but eventually he cracks -- as will you, under the relentless, flat sentimentality of Norman Taurog's direction. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 4/5 -- Superior high-minded 'quality' movie, but in its heart it's a soap opera.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Jan 21, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- A dated but entertaining tale of friendship
Film Threat
Aug 9, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- Shameless but effective weepie about wayward orphans
Film Journal International
Oct 28, 2005
Rating: 3/5 -- Tracy is always good -- was he ever bad in a film in his entire career? Full Review
Goatdog's Movies
Jan 16, 2005
Rating: 3.5/5 -- a watershed film that discusses an important societal development
Nov 12, 2005

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Today they grow up lawless on the streets. Tomorrow they're on Death Row. Father Edward Flanagan vows to break the cycle, putting his life where his faith is and starting a boys' home that becomes a model of hope. Spencer Tracy brings shining inner strength to Flanagan in a performance that made him the first to win consecutive Best Actor Academy Awards. "There is no bad boy," Flanagan insists. But brash troublemaker Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney) puts that credo to the test. Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, this compelling movie earned a Best Original Story Oscar.

Product Description:

The story of Father Flanagan, who battled the courts, the community, and the odds to create a home for boys that society had tossed away. Eleanore Griffin and Dore Schary won Oscars for Best Original story. Academy Award Nominations: 5, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Actor--Spencer Tracy, Best Original Story.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Boys Town
Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney both won Oscars(R) in 1938 for their work in this touching and inspirational story of Father Flanagan and his young, delinquent charges.

Plot Synopsis:

"Boys Town" is a film classic based on the true story of Father Flanagan, a Catholic priest who established a community in Omaha, Nebraska for troubled youths.
The film stars Spencer Tracy, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, and Mickey Rooney as the young Whitey Marsh. The priest's challenge is to tame Whitey, the incorrigible kid brother of a jailed gangster. When Whitey first arrives at the orphanage, he turns it upside down with his street-tough antics. However, grim reality sets in when he loses a boxing match, sees his best pal injured in a car accident, and has extended contact with his brother's low-life criminal friends. In the end, Whitey falls in line with the program and is living proof of Father Flanagan's belief that there are no bad boys -- just bad environments.


Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 2,363
  • UPC: 883929201921
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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