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Director  Victor Salva
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Thriller
Writer  Victor Salva
Language  English
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Release date  1999
Genres  Drama, Thriller, Melodrama, LGBT, Mystery, Suspense, Psychological thriller, Crime Thriller, Family Drama
Cast  Jason Behr (Campbell Farraday), Dean Stockwell, James Remar, Rondell Sheridan, Jaimz Woolvett
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Furious 7, Taken 3, The Transporter Refueled, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Tagline  The secrets some men keep can be killers.

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Rites of Passage is a 1999 thriller film written and directed by Victor Salva. It stars Dean Stockwell, James Remar, and Jason Behr.


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The film begins with two recently escaped convicts – Frank (James Remar) and Red (Jaimz Woolvett) – approaching a group of campers. The elder of the pair shoots and kills the campers with single rapidfire shots.

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D.J. Farraday (Robert Glen Keith) discovers that his father, Del (Stockwell), has been having an affair. D.J. asks Del to meet him at the family's cabin by the lake, where D.J. intends to confront him about his adultery. When the two arrive at the summer house, they find the younger son, Campbell "Cam" Farraday (Behr), already there. Eventually it is revealed that Del had found Cam and his boyfriend, Billy, embracing there at the cabin. Del brutally beat Billy, and father and son have not spoken since. Cam seems determined to leave the confrontational situation. While D.J. is trying to convince Cam to stay and attempt a reconciliation, Cam reveals to him that Billy is dead, and the clear implication is that Cam blames his father for the loss.

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A short while later, the two escaped convicts show up at the cabin and ask to use the phone, claiming that their car has broken down. Red, who is introduced as Frank's adult son, makes a point of taking up the hospitality offered, using that excuse to remain in the house (over Frank's objection.) As the evening progresses Frank seems to be forcing Del into a challenge. Tensions are high, as Frank makes his play for Alpha of the house. At one point, D.J. goes so far as to suggest that "we all just whip 'em out and get this over with."

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The police show up looking for the two escaped convicts, and things get tense very quickly. It soon becomes clear that Cam knew the convicts and has had some sort of entanglement with them. From there, the twists and turns begin to thicken, and the onionskin layers of this tale are revealed. The family must reconcile and put aside their issues with each other to deal with the menacing force of Frank. Tragedy ensues in the film's final few moments, good vanquishes evil, and father and sons are reconciled.

Production and releases

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Rites of Passage was the first film from Salva since the controversy surrounding his film, Powder (1995), which was the target of boycotts due to Disney's hiring of Salva to direct the film after his conviction for molesting a 12-year-old child actor during the production of his previous film, Clownhouse, in 1988.

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Salva based much of the dialogue between Del, D.J. and Cam on tense conversations he and his own father had while Salva was growing up.

Two versions of the film have been released. A director's cut of the film with commentary by Salva and Behr was released by Bell Canyon Entertainment on May 2, 2000. This version of the film features several deleted scenes which further explain the relationships between the major characters. A theatrical release version was released by Wolfe Video on August 30, 2000. This edition contains no commentaries.

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