From Universal Studios Home Entertainment: Being Flynn



"Undeniably powerful! Robert De Niro gives a great performance!" - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

May 09, 2012, 08:30 ET from Universal Studios Home Entertainment

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OVERVIEW:  Two-time Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull; The Godfather Part II), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood; Little Miss Sunshine) and Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore (Game Change; The Kids Are All Right) give powerhouse performances in Focus Features' Being Flynn. Based on a true story, the drama is a compelling exploration of the unbreakable yet fragile bonds between parent and child.  Adapted and directed by Academy Award© nominee Paul Weitz (About a Boy) from Nick Flynn's 2004 memoir Another Bulls—t Night in Suck City, Being Flynn debuts on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand from Universal Studios Home Entertainment on July 10, 2012.

Nick Flynn (Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself.  His father Jonathan (De Niro) scrapes through life on his own terms, and has not seen his son in 18 years.  Taking a job at a homeless shelter, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work until one night Jonathan arrives seeking a bed.  To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his dad in a moving story that reveals universal truths. With a gifted supporting cast that includes Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Lili Taylor (Public Enemies), and Wes Studi (Avatar) and featuring an original score by Badly Drawn Boy, Being Flynn possesses "honest feeling, genuine humanity and real intelligence" (A.O. Scott, The New York Times).

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  • THE HEART OF BEING FLYNN:  A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Being Flynn, featuring interviews with stars Robert De Niro and Paul Dano, and Director/Screenwriter Paul Weitz.

Street Date:  July 10, 2012
Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number:  62121226
Running time:  1 Hour, 42 Minutes
Layers:  BD-50
Picture Format :  Widescreen 
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
Rating:  Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use and brief nudity
Languages/Subtitles:  English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound:  DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish DTS Surround 5.1

Street Date:  July 10, 2012
Copyright:  2012 Universal Studios.  All Rights Reserved.
Selection Number:  62121227
Running time:  1 Hour, 42 Minutes
Layers:  Dual Layer
Picture Format:  Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1
Rating:  Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content, drug use and brief nudity
Languages/Subtitles:   English SDH, Spanish, French
Sound:  Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Cast:  Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor, Wes Studi, Julianne Moore
Directed by:  Paul Weitz
Screenplay by:  Paul Weitz
Based on the Memoir by:  Nick Flynn
Produced by:  Paul Weitz, Andrew Miano, Michael Costigan
Executive Producer:  Jane Rosenthal, Meghan Lyvers, Kerry Kohansky, Caroline Baron, Nick Flynn
Director of Photography:  Declan Quinn, ASC
Production Designer:  Sarah Knowles
Film Editor:  Joan Sobel, ACE
Music by:  Badly Drawn Boy
Costume Designer:  Aude Bronson-Howard

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