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This Boy's Life is a 1993 film adaptation of the memoir of the same name by American author Tobias Wolff it is directed by Michael Caton-Jones and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Tobias Wolff, Robert De Niro as stepfather Dwight Hansen and Ellen Barkin as Toby's mother Caroline the film also features Chris Cooper, Carla Gugino, Eliza Dushku and Tobey Maguire.

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Nomadic and flaky Caroline Wolff wants to settle down find a decent man and provide a better home for her and her son Tobias "Toby" Wolff when she moves to Seattle, Washington and meets Dwight Hansen she thinks she has accomplished her goals however Dwight's true personality is revealed after Toby spends a few months separated from his mother and living with Dwight and his children in a small town in the North Cascades Dwight seems to want to mold Toby into a better person but his methods include emotional, verbal and physical abuse.

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