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The Butcher Boy (1997)

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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Sergeant
Peter Gowen ...
Leddy
Alan Boyle ...
Joe Purcell
Andrew Fullerton ...
Phillip Nugent
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Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan ...
Ma Brady
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Dr. Boyd
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves ...
Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley ...
Mary
Niall Buggy ...
Father Dom
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Uncle Alo
Anne O'Neill ...
Mrs. McGlone
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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie's world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary). Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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This little piggy laughed all the way home!

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Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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20 February 1998 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

A kis véreskezű  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£288,594 (UK) (20 February 1998)

Gross:

$1,822,193 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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Stephen Rea is credited as only playing Pa in the film but also plays the adult Francie uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Francie Brady: [to Jimmy the Skite] Feck off, you round tub of Guinness!
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Features The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) See more »

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SEA OF HEARTBREAK
Written by Paul Hampton / Hal David
© 1960/61 (renewed) Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Inc / Casa David
reproduced by permission of Shapiro Bernstein & Co. Ltd. / MCA Music Ltd.
Performed by Elliot Goldenthal
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Brilliant. Simply, brilliant.
30 May 1999 | by (Tucson, AZ) – See all my reviews

Just caught this movie on cable; I hadn't heard of it before.

It is a brilliant film; black comedy of the blackest sort. What is truly amazing is the acting ability of lead Eamonn Owens; in my mind the finest performance of a kid his age that I've ever seen.

The sardonic humor of this film, the way it treats such horrible things as lightly as it does, the acting, the script, the quaint narrative devices, and sense of menace cloaked in charming small town Irish life make this a thoroughly original and engaging character study.

Sinead O'Connor is a scream as the Virgin Mary.

The thick accents in this film make it a little bit difficult to follow in parts, but American audiences should still be able to understand most of the dialogue.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough; it is proof that you can still make a quality movie without buying into cheap Hollywood cliches.


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