The Boys Are Back (film)

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The Boys Are Back
Boys are back poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Scott Hicks
Produced by Greg Brenman
Written by Allan Cubitt
Starring Clive Owen
Laura Fraser
Emma Lung
Nicholas McAnulty
George MacKay
Music by Hal Lindes
Cinematography Greig Fraser
Edited by Scott Gray
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • 15 September 2009 (2009-09-15) (TIFF)
  • 25 September 2009 (2009-09-25) (North America)
  • 12 November 2009 (2009-11-12) (Australia)
  • 22 January 2010 (2010-01-22) (United Kingdom)
Running time
104 minutes
Country Australia
United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $3,185,839

The Boys Are Back is a 2009 Australian/British drama film directed by Scott Hicks, produced by Greg Brenman and starring Clive Owen.[1] Based on the book The Boys Are Back In Town by Simon Carr, the film features a score composed by Hal Lindes and a soundtrack by Sigur Rós.[2]


Joe Warr (Clive Owen) is a British sports writer who lives in Australia with his second wife, Katy (Laura Fraser) and his young son Artie (Nicholas McAnulty). Katy is diagnosed with cancer and dies, forcing Joe to cope with the responsibilities of being a single parent.

Joe's teenage son from his first marriage, Harry (George MacKay), feels abandoned in the UK with his mother. Harry uses Katy's death as an opportunity to try to build a relationship with his father, coming to visit him in Australia. Although Harry is initially unnerved by the lack of discipline in the house, he eventually forms a strong bond with Artie, while struggling to foster a closer relationship with Joe.

When Joe is forced by work to leave his sons alone in the house for a night, local teenagers throw a party at the house against both boys' will.

With the house ransacked, Harry flies back to England, fearful of Joe's reaction. Joe and Artie go after him. After much discussion, Joe convinces Harry to move to Australia on a permanent basis.

The trio return to Australia, and together shoulder the responsibilities of running the household without a female influence.



The film holds a 72% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 81 reviews.[3]

Box office[edit]

The Boys Are Back grossed $2,117,064 at the box office in Australia,[4] and $809,752 in the US, grossing $3,185,839 worldwide.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ Carr, Simon (2 August 2001). "The Boys Are Back In Town". Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  3. ^ "The Boys Are Back". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 January 2010. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "The Boys Are Back (2009) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2017-09-09. 

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