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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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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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Opening Weekend:

£288,594 (UK) (20 February 1998)

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$1,822,193 (USA) (5 June 1998)
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Trivia

Brendan Gleeson, Ian Hart and Fiona Shaw would later appear in the many films of the Harry Potter franchise. See more »

Quotes

Francie Brady: House, you are a disgrace! I have so much tidying up to do, I don't know where to start.
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Features The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) See more »

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NUTROCKER
Written by Kim Fowley
Ardmore & Beechwood Ltd.
Performed by B. Bumble & The Stingers
Courtesy of Janus Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing Inc.
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Just an EXCELLENT movie
27 February 2004 | by (PTY) – See all my reviews

I don't understand how this movie is so unknown by most of the people.

Simply put, this is an amazing film. Eamonn Owens' performance is just unbelievable.

There are some serious and sensitives themes in this movie (murder, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, child abuse, religion) however it's not a disturbing movie (it has its moments though). The reason for the lack of disturbance in this film is because we're seeing everything from the perspective of a little boy.

The Butcher Boy is, for sure, one of the best dark comedies/dramas that I've seen. Highly recommendable.


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