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The Boy Who Cried Bitch is a 1991 American independent drama film directed by Juan Jose Campanella and starring Harley Cross, Karen Young, Jason Biggs (in his first speaking role), Jesse Bradford and Adrien Brody. It was Campanella's feature film debut. It was based on real events.

The Boy Who Cried Bitch
Poster of the movie The Boy Who Cried Bitch.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJuan Jose Campanella
Produced byCatherine May Levin
Louis Tancredi
Written byCatherine May Levin
StarringHarley Cross
Karen Young
Jesse Bradford
J.D. Daniels
Adrien Brody
Jason Biggs
Moira Kelly
Music byWendy Blackstone
CinematographyDaniel Shulman
Edited byDarren Kloomok
Pilgrims 3 Corporation
Distributed byPilgrims 3 Corporation
Release date
  • October 11, 1991 (1991-10-11)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States



The story focuses on Dan Love (Harley Cross), a young boy with misdiagnosed (or undiagnosed) mental condition(s), who slowly plunges the life of his mother, Candice (Karen Young), into an unbridled chaos.



Much of the filming was done at the McGovern residence in Bronxville.

Campanella said that the script was mostly based on the real life of screenwriter Catherine May Levin.

Release and sequelEdit

Originally exhibited at the Boston Film Festival in 1991, the film contained an alternate ending. It was never given to the MPAA for examination, and thus remains unrated.

It was followed by a semi-sequel called The Boy Who Cried Bitch: The Adolescent Years (2007), without the participation of any of the crew members of the original film, with the exception of scriptwriter Catherine May Levin.[1]


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