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The Brylcreem Boys (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 23 April 1999 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Miles Keogh (as Bill Campbell)
Chris 'Kit' Ryan ...
Colin Parker (as Christopher Ryan)
Jean Butler ...
Mattie Guerin
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Commandant O'Brien
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Bunty Winthrop
Anders Jillybo ...
Sten Larsen (as J. Anders Jillebo)
Alistair McLeod ...
Sergeant Marshall (as Alister McLeod)
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Sergeant Walsh
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Captain Deegan
Anthony Madigan ...
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Conor Breen ...
1st Guard
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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)
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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 sides in their private little war. Written by Gerard Morvan <morvan.cyb@vdp.fr>

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Even though addressed as Squadron Leader, Miles' rank on his sleeve is that of a Flight Lieutenant. See more »

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One of the finest Brit movies for a decade.
15 October 2002 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

Having now seen "The Brylcreem Boys" for the third time, I adore the whole mood and feel of the piece. The subject matter (true, according to a recent article in the UK paper The Guardian) is handled in a way that only a British movie maker can do: with humor and without mawkishness. Suprisingly it was shot on the Isle of Man which just looks beautiful. As for the casting, it has to be one of the best and inspired collections of UK actors to be seen together for at least a decade. Gabriel Byrne gives one of the warmest performances and simply cannot loose his glint in his eye. Bill Campbell nearly steals every scene and for a genuine laugh-out-loud moment (his puzzled line at the escape) Marc Sinden is outstanding! The ensemble work as though they have been a team for years and play off each other in a way that should be a lesson for any aspiring movie actors and yet the majority are well-known Brit stage actors in their own right. A delight!


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