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The Brylcreem Boys (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, War  |  23 April 1999 (UK)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miles Keogh (as Bill Campbell)
Chris 'Kit' Ryan ...
Colin Parker (as Christopher Ryan)
Jean Butler ...
Mattie Guerin
Commandant O'Brien
Hal Fowler ...
Bunty Winthrop
Anders Jillybo ...
Sten Larsen (as J. Anders Jillebo)
Alistair McLeod ...
Sergeant Marshall (as Alister McLeod)
Sergeant Walsh
Captain Deegan
Anthony Madigan ...
Conor Breen ...
1st Guard
Rudolph von Stegenbek
B.J. Hogg ...
Sean (as B J Hogg)
Trevor Nelson ...
Seamus (as Colom Doherty)
Simon Butimore ...
Man with Cart (as Simon Buttimore)


In 1941, as part of an effort to remain strictly neutral, the Dublin government made a deal with both Berlin and London whereby any soldier, sailor or pilot captured on Irish soil, whether of German or Allied forces, would be interned for the duration of the war. What the Irish failed to tell was that they would intern everybody in the same camp. It is here that Canadian pilot Miles Keogh and German pilot Rudolph Von Stegenbeck meet after a fight in which both their planes were downed. Outside the camp, both fall in love with the same woman, an independent Irishwoman who refuses to take steps in their private little war. Written by Gerard Morvan <>

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There's more to war than taking sides.


Drama | Romance | War

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Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »




Release Date:

23 April 1999 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Brillantina Boys  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Although set in Ireland, the film was actually shot on the Isle of Man. See more »


Referenced in Drama Connections: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2005) See more »


She Walks Through the Fair
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Great film and location
3 August 2000 | by (Isle of Man) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The location, although set in Ireland, was actually filmed mostly at Jurby Airfield on the Isle of Man, which is an old RAF station and in many ways still as shown in the film. The shot of the cottage by the beach at Niarbyl is the same one used as Ned Devines cottage in Waking Ned.

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