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The Butcher Boy (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 February 1998 (Ireland)
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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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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. When his mother eventually commits suicide and Joe goes off to boarding school, Francie sinks ever deeper into paranoia directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor, and fantasy where he has visions of the Virgin Mary. After his father dies Fancie's condition worsens, his behavior becomes more bizarre and erratic culminating in the extremely bloody murder of Mrs. Nugent whom he holds responsible for all the wrongs visited upon him. The authorities arrest Francie and commit him to an asylum in an attempt to cure him. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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£288,594 (UK) (20 February 1998)

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$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 »

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Francie Brady: You can do one bad thing, can't you, Joe? You can do one bad thing. That doesn't mean for the rest of your life everyone's going to say, "He did it! It's him! He did the bad thing!"
Joe Purcell: No. And even if they did, what we'd say is that we don't care, we're too busy.
Francie Brady: That's what we would say. We'd say, "Excuse us, we're too busy!"
Joe Purcell: Yeah, and we'd say, "Mind your own business."
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" You've won, Mrs. Nugent, Joe is gone forever "
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During the 1960's people were fearful of losing their world. What with the Cuban Missle Crises and the threat of Nuclear Winter, it's little wonder many hid in prayerful disillusion. For two young Irish boys, something loomed closer. Their lives encompassed their town, their family and their friendship. The first is Joe Purcell (Alan Boyle) a typical Irish boy out to enjoy his youth. The second is his best and closest friend named Francis Brady (Eamonn Owens) who becomes the unlikely hero in the movie, "The Butcher Boy." To Joe, friendship is a temporary bond which enhances life with laughter, pranks and boyhood imagination. But to Francis Brady, friendship is permanent and indelible which nothing on the planet, including Atomic fire, can separate. Enter, the boy's Nemesis, the town gossip and constant irritation to their bond. Mrs. Nugent, (Fiona Shaw) sees the boys as lowly delinquents, petty trouble makers, vicious bullies and future criminals. During the escalating conflict, the audience watches as Francis loses many of the people he loves. Eventually, Mrs. Nugent causes him to lose his best friend. Vengefully, Francis marks her for ultimate punishment. Audiences must decided the boy's reason for his erratic behavior. Was it his drunken father's (Stephen Rea) physical abuse, his mother's suicidal tendencies, incarceration at reform school, becoming a victim of sexual abuse by Father Sullivan (Milo O'Shea), subsequent shock treatments, increasing mental delusions of space aliens or iconic religious figures. It's little wonder Francsis commits the ultimate act of revenge. This is an honest, straight forward movie, which depicts the inner workings of a fragile but psychotic boy in crises. Many people allow maturity to transform them into adults, but some refuse, paying the inevitable price for doing so. ****


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