Robert DeNiro as Dwight; Ellen Barkin as Caroline; Leonardo DiCaprio as Toby; Jonah Blechman as Arthur Gayle; Eliza Dushku as Pearl; Chris Cooper as Roy; Carla Gugino as Norma; Zachary Ansley as Skipper; Tracey Ellis as Kathy; Kathy Kinney as Marian; Robert Zameroski as Arch Cook; Tobey Maguire as Chuck Bolger; Tristan Tait as Jerry Huff; Travis MacDonald as Psycho; Richard Liss as A & P Manager
In 1957, a son and mother flee the East and an abusive boyfriend to find a new life, and end up in Seattle, where the mother meets a polite garage mechanic. The boy continually gets into trouble by hanging out with the wrong crowd. The mom marries the mechanic, but they soon find out that he's an abusive and unreasoning alcoholic, and they struggle to maintain hope in an impossible situation as the boy grows up with plans to escape the small town by any means possible. Based on a true story by Tobias Wolff.