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Mysterious Skin

Year:
Duration:
105 min | USA:107 min (Sundance Channel Library Print)
Genres:
Drama
IMDB rate:
7.7
Director:
Gregg Araki
Awards:
5 wins & 7 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2005-03-30
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Earnings
Opening Weekend: $17,425 (USA) (8 May 2005)
Gross: $697,181 (USA) (31 July 2005)
Cast
Actor
Character
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Mysterious Skin
Kelly Kruger
Kelly Kruger
Mysterious Skin
Chase Ellison
Neil (Age 8)
George Webster
Brian (Age 8)
Rachael Nastassja Kraft
Deborah (Age 12)
Lisa Long
Mrs. Lackey
Chris Mulkey
Mr. Lackey
Elisabeth Shue
Mrs. McCormick
David Lee Smith
Alfred
Bill Sage
Coach
Riley McGuire
Wendy (Age 11)
Ryan Stenzel
Stephen Zepherelli
Richard Riehle
Charlie
Michelle Trachtenberg
Wendy
Brady Corbet
Brian
Larry Marko
Old Man with Scar
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Avalyn Friesen
Clover
Patches
Jeffrey Licon
Eric
Bruno Alexander
Redneck Hick
Forrest Fountain
Jackson
Zane Huett
Jackson's Son
Reedy Gibbs
Receptionist
David Alan Graf
Gay Lumberjack
John Ganun
NYC John
Billy Drago
Zeke
Pete Kasper
Sedan Driver
Joan Blair
Customer in Yogurt Shop (uncredited)
Trieste Kelly Dunn
Date in "Blood Prom" (uncredited)
Gwenne Hudson
Baseball Mom (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
After Brian steals the picture of his baseball team from the archives, the film cuts to Neil announcing a baseball game. He says "That's two outs, Garfield the batter. Heim on deck." Scott Heim wrote the novel on which the film is based.
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The movie that Brian and Eric are watching in Eric's bedroom before Brian's mom enters and disrupts their "studying" is The Dead Next Door (1989).
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Gregg Araki said in an NPR interview that he shot all of the scenes with the child actors in such a way that they did not know the sexual context of their abuse scenes, and only during editing did he make the movie appear to show children being abused or witnessing abuse.
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Goofs
When Neil and Wendy are sitting in front of the drive-in theater listening to the speaker, Wendy's hair is in ponytails. After some snow, her hair style turns to a normal cut and the ponytails are gone. In the next shot they return.
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Car approaches traffic signal. Yellow light is a matrix of LEDs, but all yellow traffic lights in 1987 were incandescent bulbs.
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Brian's room features a poster of Suicidal Tendencies' "The Art of Rebellion", which did not come out in 1991, when the events are taking place, but in 1992 (June).
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Quotes
Neil: You're the only one I ever told.
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Eric: Okay's a relative term.
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Avalyn Friesen: [Walks through pasture with flashlight toward dead calf] Farmers have been finding mutilated cattle like this around here for years. I told "World of Mystery," but they conveniently edited it out.
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Photos from cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Kelly Kruger