110 mins
7.8 / 10 (1968)


All Caroline wants is to be able to settle down in one place and find a man who will treat both she and her son Toby right. She moves to Seattle and finds the seemingly respectable Dwight. However, Toby feels differently about him, as Dwight’s methods are emotionally and physically abusive.

MUBI's take

While not quite his film debut (Critters 3 has that honour), This Boy’s Life made a name for Leonardo DiCaprio. He certainly made an impression on Robert De Niro, who called Scorsese to rave about his young co-star. This period coming-of-age tale sets them toe-to-toe, and the results are electric.

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