A Boy Called Hate

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A Boy Called Hate
German DVD Cover
Directed by Mitch Marcus
Produced by Steven Haft
Written by Mitch Marcus
Starring Scott Caan
Lee Nashold
Kevin Michael Richardson
James Caan
Missy Crider
Elliott Gould
Music by Pray for Rain
Cinematography Paul Holahan
Edited by Michael Ruscio
Distributed by Aquarius TV, Canes Home Video, Dove
Release date
  • February 11, 1995 (1995-02-11) (Berlin International Film Festival)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Boy Called Hate is a 1995 film starring Scott Caan, his father James Caan, Missy Crider, Adam Beach and Elliott Gould. It was the first film directed by Mitch Marcus, who also wrote the screenplay.


Steve (Scott Caan) is a maladjusted Los Angeles teenager who renames himself "Hate" following a run-in with the local police. He lives with his father (James Caan), who is bilking a former employer in a workers compensation fraud scheme. One evening while taking a motorcycle ride, Hate witnesses what appears to be an attempted rape. He shoots the would-be attacker and takes off with Cindy, the young girl being assaulted (Missy Crider). It turns out that the rapist is an assistant district attorney (Elliott Gould), who survives the shooting and falsely reports that he was the victim of a robbery. Hate and Cindy leave Los Angeles, but their situation deteriorates when Hate fatally shoots a motorcycle officer whom he mistakenly believes has come to arrest him.[1]

Critical reaction[edit]

A Boy Called Hate had a brief theatrical release in June 1996 and received mixed reviews. Peter Stack, reviewing the film for the San Francisco Chronicle, suggested that "Two aspects of A Boy Called Hate are definitely worth the trip to the Lumiere, where the film opens today: James Caan's look-alike son, Scott, plays the lead role, and writer-director Mitch Marcus succeeds in capturing the grim essence of Los Angeles' arid outskirts as a tacky wasteland."[2] Ella Taylor, reviewing the film for the LA Weekly wrote, "Mitch Marcus' first feature is living proof that the most fatigued of plots (young lovers-on-the-run-plus-gun) can be recharged by a director who understands the difference between exploration and exploitation."


  1. ^ Variety review
  2. ^ Peter Stack (May 24, 1996). "Sex, Guns and 'Hate' in L.A. / Teens on lam make for an uneven film". San Francisco Chronicle. 

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