The Grass Arena is the true story of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up ... See full summary »

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John Healy
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The Dipper
Lynsey Baxter ...
Madalena
Marian McLoughlin ...
Mrs. Healy
Billy Boyle ...
Mr. Healy
Andrew Dicks ...
Young John Healy
Nick Dawney ...
Young Terry Healy (as Nick Dawnay)
Simon Napper ...
Terry Healy
John Garrett ...
Albert
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George
Gerard Horan ...
The Sham
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Mac
Louis Mellis ...
Jock
Anna Keaveney ...
Liverpool Lil
Paddy Joyce ...
Kelly
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The Grass Arena is the true story of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up boxing, but soon falls victim to alcholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Haunting!
8 May 2006 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic story, I watched it on TV in 1991, and I haven't watched it since, but it still scarred into my mind, memory and I can never forget it. I'm reminded of it today, as Mark Rylance won an BAFTA award today, for his acting in "The Government Inspector". The story is quite, sad, but the truly amazing thing is the acting of Mark Rylance, who's a very established actor on the UK stage in Shakespeare. He's I think probably the first actor that made me realise how crucial a role acting is, and real actor can transport you into real worlds. Mark Rylance transports into a very real world or Alcohol Abuse, Street Tramps and chess being a shining light. Quite Amazing. Don't watch this, if you do it will change your outlook on life and haunt you forever. The writing is also amazing, and it so crazy it could only be from a true story, the old saying Truth is Stranger than fiction is just so true!


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