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Author  Jim Grimsley
Language  English
Publication date  1995 (1st edition)
Director  James Bolton
Box office  6 million USD
6.2/10 IMDb

Country  United States
Genre  Novel
Initial release  11 December 2008
Story by  Jim Grimsley
Music director  Richard Buckner
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Publisher  Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Cast  Stephan Bender, Maximillian Roeg, Rooney Mara, Randy Wayne, Diana Scarwid
Similar  LGBT movies, Movies about love

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Dream Boy is a 1995 novel by Jim Grimsley.

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Plot summary

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Nathan is an intelligent but shy teenage boy who wants to escape from his abusive and violent father, and fantasizes about a relationship with Roy, the boy who lives next door. Roy is a senior at the same high school as Nathan, and he drives the school bus. Gradually their relationship deepens and becomes sexual.

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Drunk one evening, Nathan's father tries to molest him. This is clearly not the first time it has happened and helps explain Nathan's desire to escape from his family. His mother avoids the issue, although she knows what is going on.

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Nathan is accepted into Roy's social circle and is invited to go on a camping trip with Roy and his friends Randy and Burke. During the trip, they discover an abandoned and possibly haunted plantation house and Nathan and Roy are discovered in a compromising situation. Burke later on rapes and hits Nathan with a chair handle.The blow is clearly fatal and Nathan "dies" yet is still inside his body and aware of his surroundings.The book ends with Nathan leaving the abandoned house and finding Roy.

Film adaptation

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Dream Boy has been adapted for a film, written and directed by James Bolton. It stars Stephan Bender as Nathan and Maximillian Roeg as Roy, and features musician Rickie Lee Jones as Roy's mother. The film was first screened on February 12, 2008 at the Berlin International Film Festival. Richard Buckner recorded the film's soundtrack.

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