Boot Camp (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Boot Camp (2008)
  • Rate: 5.8/10 total 3,400 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 8 May 2008 (Kuwait)
  • Runtime: Germany:99 min (European Film Market)
  • Filming Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Budget: $14,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Christian Duguay
  • Stars: Mila Kunis, Gregory Smith and Peter Stormare
  • Original Music By: Normand Corbeil (music by)  
  • Soundtrack: Don't Take It Away
  • Plot Keyword: Boot Camp | Teenager | Black Bra | Male Bonding | Bare Butt

Writing Credits By:

  • Agatha Dominik (written by) and
  • John Cox (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): One of the slides in Dr. Hail's presentation at the seminar in L.A. says "Responsability". The correct spelling is "Responsibility".

    Plot: A group of at-risk teens are sent to a what they think is a rehabilitation program on Fiji, but is really a prison-like camp where kids are abused and brainwashed. Full summary »  »

    Story: Perfectly respectable youngster Ben refuses to stand by when his girl-friend, provocatively impish drug addict Sophie, is shipped off by her airhead ma and brutally domineering stepfather to dodgy Dr. Norman Hail's completely isolated Fiji 'boot camp'. Ben fakes drug problems to get enrolled in the 'serenity' rehabilitation program from wayward teenagers according to their often irresponsible parents. Under ex-military guards captain Logan's ruthless sway, Ben saves an exhausted boy's life before attempting an escape with Sophie.Written by KGF Vissers  


    Synopsis: This film is the story of a group of unruly teenagers whose parents send them to a rehabilitation boot camp to turn them around. The camp collects each child individually, then delivers them to the boot camp facility on a remote island in Fiji. There are no walls to stop the teenagers from leaving, but escape is impractical due to the surrounding sea. On arriving at the camp, the teenagers are forced to wear cuffs with sensors around their ankles if they attempt to escape, security will be alerted.

    Dr. Hail (Peter Stormare), who runs the camp, forces the teens to work constantly. He has them clean the camp, grow plants, and has them rebuild the camp after it was damaged in a storm. Campers are required to wear color coded t-shirts. First, new arrivals are given black t-shirts. They progress to yellow and then white. The teens earn a white shirt once they have been "corrected." They do not do work; they become staff members and abuse the other inmates and monitor their work. Among the staff is an ex-Marine recruit. He is very tough towards the inmates and makes deals with girls in exchange for sex.

    The main teenagers featured are Sophie (Mila Kunis), her boyfriend Ben (Gregory Smith who gets himself sent to the camp to rescue her), Danny (who arrives with Sophie) and Trina, Sophie’s bunkmate. As time passes on the island, Sophie rebels more and more against Dr. Hail, and once Ben joins her, the two escape to a nearby island. However, they are recaptured, and Ben is told he will be sent home. One morning, whilst on a run, Logan, the former Army recruit, has the male teenagers go swimming. However, Danny, who can’t swim, drowns, and Logan tries to get Ben to help cover it up by threatening him with solitary confinement, but Ben refuses.

    Meanwhile, Sophie discovers that Logan has raped Trina, and when Logan is put before the camp to admit responsibility for Danny’s death, she reveals this to the rest of the teenagers, many of whom also were offered yellow shirts by Logan in exchange for sex. As the teenagers surround Logan, Sophie turns the attention onto Hail, at which point Ben announces to the shocked teenagers that this isn’t the first death to occur on a camp run by Dr. Hail.

    The teenagers run amok, burning down the entire campsite, and then go after Logan, who dies when his jeep crashes into a burning building. At this point they turn their attention solely to Hail, who tries to shoot them in the hope that he can restore order. However, after finding out his gun wasn’t loaded, he is thrown into solitary confinement, to be left for the police to arrest. As the film fades out we see images of the teenagers celebrating freedom swimming in the ocean. A message also appears on screen stating that since the 1970’s, when these type of camps were introduced in real life, over 40 deaths have occurred.

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    Produced By:

    • Chris Danton known as line producer (as Christopher J. Danton)
    • Christian Duguay known as producer
    • Michael Frislev known as producer
    • Bob Greenblatt known as executive producer (as Robert Greenblatt)
    • David Janollari known as executive producer
    • Chad Oakes known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Mila Kunis known as Sophie
    • Gregory Smith known as Ben (as Gregory Edward Smith)
    • Peter Stormare known as Norman Hail
    • Regine Nehy known as Trina
    • Alejandro Rae known as Jack
    • Christopher Jacot known as Danny
    • Tygh Runyan known as Logan
    • Matthew Smalley known as Nick
    • Colleen Rennison known as Ellen
    • Barbara Gates Wilson known as Rhonda
    • Christianne Hirt known as Lucy
    • Lexie Huber known as Marianne
    • Serge Houde known as Karl
    • Chris Nannarone known as Stan (as Christino Nannarone)
    • Joe Norman Shaw known as Ben's Father
    • Belinda Metz known as Ben's Mother
    • Pete Seadon known as Guest
    • Mike Leisen known as Jack's Father
    • Tyrone Karius known as Young Jack
    • Anna Tofinga known as Front Desk Clerk
    • David Haysom known as Drug Dealer
    • Elsie Braise known as Lydia
    • Sarah Lind known as Girl
    • Mark Holmes known as Junkie
    • Grace Bauer known as Danny's Mother
    • Marty Antonini known as Danny's Father
    • Paula Dakun known as Dr. Toro
    • Lawrence Larsen known as Parent
    • Peter Skagen known as Nick's Father
    • Carrie Schiffler known as Nick's Mother
    • Tom Eirikson known as Man in Suit

    ..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

    • Teryl Crombie known as assistant makeup artist
    • Caroline Dehner known as key hair stylist
    • Jeanette Stawiarski known as assistant hair stylist: Fiji crew
    • Penny Thompson known as assistant hair stylist: Calgary crew
    • Debbie Vandelaar known as key makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Saimoni Bainivalu known as carpenter: Fiji crew
    • Levani Batimala known as dresser: Fiji crew
    • Jone Batiniika known as carpenter: Fiji crew
    • Dave 'Grizz' Borley known as construction coordinator
    • Jason Coxworthy known as on-set decorator
    • Mark Glasgow known as lead set dresser
    • Lambert Ho known as storyboard artist: Fiji crew
    • Leon Klieman known as painter: Fiji crew
    • Sowani Koroi known as dresser: Fiji crew
    • Aaron McCullough known as paint coordinator
    • Aaron McCullough known as trainee art director
    • Apisalome Nadredre known as on-set dresser: Fiji crew
    • Denise Nadredre known as first assistant set decorator (as Denise Buza)
    • Esala Nalobo known as dresser: Fiji crew
    • Esala Nalobo known as painter: Fiji crew
    • Luke Natubailagi known as painter: Fiji crew
    • Save Qaraniqio known as property helper: Fiji crew
    • Tomasi Radolou known as painter: Fiji crew
    • Josese Radrodro known as painter: Fiji crew
    • Lloyd Senikaucava known as on-set dresser: Fiji crew
    • Mikaele Seyawa known as dresser: Fiji crew
    • Kosek Singh known as set decoration buyer: Fiji crew
    • Brent Strosher known as property assistant (as Brent 'Billy' Strosher)
    • Savenaca Tabualevu known as dresser: Fiji crew
    • Kim Tillbury known as set decoration buyer: Fiji crew
    • Eroni Tuivunilagi known as carpenter: Fiji crew
    • Ken Wills known as property master
    • Sherrie Wills known as property buyer
    • Olivia Barratier known as main title design (uncredited)


    Production Companies:

    • CD Films
    • Edgey Productions
    • Nomadic Pictures

    Other Companies:

    • Film Finances Canada  completion guarantor


    • Nordisk Film (2008) (Norway) (theatrical)
    • Nu Metro Productions (2008) (South Africa) (theatrical)
    • HBO Hungary (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Laptv (2010) (Argentina) (TV)
    • MGM Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Movie Network, The (TMN) (2008) (Canada) (TV)
    • Nordisk Film Biografdistribution (2008) (Denmark) (all media)
    • Nordisk Film (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
    • Nordisk Film (2008) (Sweden) (all media)
    • ProSieben Television (2008) (Germany) (TV)
    • RCV Home Entertainment (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Telecinema (2008) (Spain) (all media)
    • Universum Film (UFA) (2008) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Veronica (2010) (Netherlands) (TV)

    ..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

    • Geneviève Duffault known as post-production supervisor: digital intermediate (as Geneviéve Dufault)
    • Nicolas Gauthier known as digital opticals
    • Nicolas Gauthier known as digital titles
    • Serge Verreault known as visual effects supervisor

    Release Date:

    • USA 1 November 2007 (American Film Market)
    • Germany 8 February 2008 (European Film Market)
    • Greece 18 April 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 22 April 2008 (DVD premiere)
    • Kuwait 8 May 2008
    • Germany 28 July 2008
    • South Korea 31 July 2008
    • Italy 4 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Australia 9 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 25 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Mexico 13 November 2009
    • Finland 30 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Argentina 4 March 2010 (TV premiere)
    • Hungary 10 March 2010 (TV premiere)
    • France 24 August 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Belgium 2 April 2011


    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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