A man returns to his Irish town after being in jail for five years for murder. His friends try to help him fit in again, but he refuses and secludes himself from the world. Only a pretty girl and his crippled son can still reach him.
Barry Fitzgerald's screen career came to an end with the release of Broth Of A Boy, an independent film done by the Abbey Theater players. Fitzgerald's career came full circle with that one as he was a member of that honored theater group way before he did any film.
And the 77 year old Fitzgerald played a centenarian and then some as the oldest man in the world who BBC producer Tony Wright discovers while on holiday in Ireland. What a great story he's stumbled into and he wants a big television special.
But Fitzgerald is one crabby old cuss and he's got his own reasons for not making a big deal about the birthday. And he also assaults the owner of a trout stream where he and his somewhat mentally challenged son have been poaching for years. Will the big television special come off.
For that you have to watch Broth Of A Boy and while its not a great film it's a whimsical comedy that relies on the considerable scene stealing talents of Barry Fitzgerald and his colleagues from the Abbey Theater.
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