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The Golden Boys is a romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive middle-aged woman into marriage. Developed under the working title Chatham, the film is an adaptation of the Joseph Lincoln novel Cap’n Eri and was released by Roadside Attractions on April 17, 2009.[2]

The Golden Boys
The Golden Boys.jpg
Directed by Daniel Adams
Produced by Howard Katz
Michael Mailer
Matt Janes
Written by Daniel Adams
Joseph C. Lincoln
Starring David Carradine
Bruce Dern
Mariel Hemingway
Rip Torn
Music by Jonathan Edwards
Cinematography Philip Schwartz
Edited by Stan Cole
Susan Graef
Distributed by Roadside Attractions
Release date
  • November 16, 2008 (2008-11-16) (Dennis, MA premiere)
  • April 17, 2009 (2009-04-17) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Box office $43,600[1]



A romantic comedy, set on Cape Cod in 1905, about three 70-year-old retired sea captains who try to lure an attractive, middle-aged woman into marriage.



The film, adapted and directed by Daniel Adams, stars David Carradine, Rip Torn, Bruce Dern, Mariel Hemingway, Angelica Torn, Christy Scott Cashman, Charles Durning, Julie Harris (without dialog, as a melodeon player in one scene), Stephen Russell, and singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards, who also scored the film.

Two of Norman Mailer's sons are attached to the film: Michael Mailer is one of the producers, and his younger brother Stephen Mailer plays one of two local ne'er-do-wells, along with actor Donald Foley.[2]

The original cast was to have included Martin Landau, Burt Reynolds, Dennis Hopper, Anne Archer, and Peter Boyle, according to Adams.[3]

According to the Boston Herald,[citation needed] filming was done on location in Osterville, Massachusetts in March, 2007. Other locations included West Barnstable, Chatham, Provincetown, Yarmouthport, Orleans, and Hyannis, Massachusetts.[3]

The production designer was David Allen, the costumer Deborah Newhall, and the casting director Carolyn Pickman.


  1. ^ "The Golden Boys (2009)". Box Office Mojo. 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  2. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b Gilsdorf, Ethan (2007-06-03). "Not the retiring type - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2013-11-26. 

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