In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.
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|Robert De Niro||Dwight Hansen|
|Leonardo DiCaprio||Tobias Wolff|
|Ellen Barkin||Caroline Wolff Hansen|
|Jonah Blechman||Arthur Gayle|
|Tobey Maguire||Chuck Bolger|
|Sandy Cochrane||Art Direction|
|Stephen J. Lineweaver||Production Design||
|David Watkin||Director of Photography||
|Carter Burwell||Original Music Composer||