Screen Two: Season 8, Episode 1

The Grass Arena (19 Jan. 1992)

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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 ... 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
Brian Hall ...
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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A Truly Harrowing Film
31 March 2001 | by (Suffolk, England) – See all my reviews

A young, succesful boxer is given the ultimatum; give up alcohol, or a boxing career. As he chooses the latter, he settles down to a new 'life', among the down-and-outs of his local park. The brutality of this existence is brought home to the viewer on several occasions, as John (the main character) is both witness to, and the victim of several particularly violent assaults. During a brief spell in prison, he learns to play chess - which leads to a form of spiritual awakening. He walks away from "The Grass Arena", and competes in chess tournaments. Depressing in places, but ultimately inspiring and compelling, it shows us how we can all triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds.


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