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The Butcher Boy (1997)

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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Peter Gowen ...
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Phillip Nugent
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Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan ...
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Dr. Boyd
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Mrs. Canning
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Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley ...
Mary
Niall Buggy ...
Father Dom
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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)  »

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A kis véreskezű  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,606, 5 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,822,193, 7 June 1998
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Trivia

Eamonn O'Shea reportedly went into his audition and asked if the actor who had gone before him was better - and if he was, then there was no point in reading his prepared monologue. See more »

Quotes

Da Brady: There was no whiskey then, son. Only the sea and the waves. We said the rosary on the rocks.
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BEAUTIFUL BUNDORAN
Written by Mai O'Higgins (as O'Higgins) / Bert Flynn (as Flynn)
Three Two Music
Performed by Sinéad O'Connor
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records UK
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Weird but great!
20 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Butcher Boy is a very weird film...This boy Francie has a bad influence; his father. His father is a violent man, alcoholic, but he loves his son a lot...This boy is very well played by Eamonn Owens, a young actor I didn't know before who surely worths a look at his performance. Stephen Rea is perfect in the role of the violent father, and Fiona Shaw is great in the role of a woman who hates Francie, because he beats up her son. But Francie is dangerous...The story is a mix of fear, hate, madness, happiness, that is mixed up in that little boy's brain. Sometimes, he's the good boy who protects his mother and sometimes he is the murderer...Francie is full of contradictions, and he tries to put happiness and death together. The narrator is very funny, but sometimes tells innapropriate things for the images we watch...but that's the psychotic part of it...incredibly well-shot, this film deserves lots of attention. I bought it for five stupid dollars...and Lost In Space was fifteen dollars...and the video sold it because of the lack of rentals...well, too bad for this video, they have one less good film on the shelf.... Neil Jordan brought us The Crying Game, Interview With The Vampire, In Dreams and some other good films...but I believe this one is his finest job...it's like watching Sleepers, Psycho and A Clockwork Orange at the same time. One thing that could be a problem; the accent of the characters when they speak...but I was happy to see that it was not set in the United States...Great film... I give it 85% and maybe it deserves better.


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