December Boys

September 14th, 2007


December Boys

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One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 6.6/10 (6,180 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Rod Hardy

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie

The film is based on

Writers: Ronald Kinnoch, Marc Rosenberg

Daniel Radcliffe - Maps
Lee Cormie - Misty
Christian Byers - Sparks
James Fraser - Spit
Jack Thompson - Bandy
Teresa Palmer - Lucy
Sullivan Stapleton - Fearless
Victoria Hill - Teresa
Max Cullen - Narrator / Adult Misty
Kris McQuade - Mrs. McAnsh
Ralph Cotterill - Shellback
Frank Gallacher - Father Scully
Paul Blackwell - Watson
Judi Farr - Reverend Mother
Carmel Johnson - Sister Beatrice

Taglines: After that summer nothing would ever be the same again.


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 14 September 2007

Filming Locations: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,810 (USA) (16 September 2007) (4 Screens)

Gross: $46,474 (USA) (30 September 2007)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Freddie Highmore (age 13 when the feature was filmed) was originally set to star. His agent and mother also represents Daniel Radcliffe (age 16 during filming) which is how Daniel came on board; Freddie had to pull out because his grandmother became sick and he couldn't leave England to film in Australia.

Factual errors: (At 09:22) The vehicle is shown driving down the right hand side of the road whereas Australia requires driving on the left side.

Maps: Just remember Misty, no matter what, you're still a December boy.

User Review

A gentle story, well told with stunning Australian scenery.

Rating: 10/10

I loved this movie from beginning to end. It was a wonderful story of growing up and as the memories are long distant everything seems so much more magical and larger than life. As it really does when we are adults looking back at our childhood. I thought the acting was excellent and it was very well cast. Daniel Radcliffe plays a very subdued character far removed from HARRY POTTER and shows that he has the talent to continue in the business as an adult. The other 3 boys are good finds and I am sure we will see more of them in the future. While there is only a small cast, each one has a strong role and Mr & Mrs McAnsh are truly memorable. Kangaroo Island is absolutely stunning and from the dusty outback to the crystal clear coast, the visual splendour is a feast for the eyes. Don't expect a special effects blockbuster, just enjoy the journey of a lovely story!


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