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The Butcher Boy -- A dark journey into the mind of a troubled Irish boy whose obsession with maintaining his family's honor leads him to commit a gruesome murder that leads to a nervous breakdown.
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Eamonn Owens ... Francie Brady

Sean McGinley ... Sergeant
Peter Gowen ... Leddy
Alan Boyle ... Joe Purcell
Andrew Fullerton ... Phillip Nugent

Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan ... Ma Brady

Stephen Rea ... Da Brady

John Kavanagh ... Dr. Boyd
Rosaleen Linehan ... Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley ... Mary
Niall Buggy ... Father Dom

Ian Hart ... Uncle Alo
Anne O'Neill ... Mrs. McGlone
Joe Pilkington ... Charlie McGlone
Pat McGrath ... Farmer on Tractor

Jer O'Leary ... Dublin Man
Pat Leavy ... Dublin Cafe Woman
Janet Moran ... Dublin Shopkeeper
Paraic Breathnach ... Man on Truck (as Páraic Breathnach)
John Olohan ... Mr. Nugent

Ardal O'Hanlon ... Mr. Purcell
Mikel Murfi ... Buttsy
Brendan Conroy ... Devlin
Tom Hickey ... Gardener

Brendan Gleeson ... Father Bubbles
Gregg Fitzgerald ... Bogman #1
John Finegan ... Bogman #2
Gavin Kelty ... Bogman #3
Eoin Chaney ... Bogman #4

Milo O'Shea ... Father Sullivan

Sinéad O'Connor ... Our Lady / Colleen
Ciaran Owens ... Boy at Fountain (as Ciáran Owens)
Shane O'Connor ... Boy at Fountain
Paolo Tullio ... Mr. Caffolla
Siobhan McElvaney ... Girl in Shooting Gallery
Áine McEneaney ... Girl in Shooting Gallery
Pat McCabe ... Jimmy The Skite (as Patrick McCabe)
Sean Hughes ... Psychiatrist #1

Tony Rohr ... Bogman in Mental Hospital
Birdy Sweeney ... Man in Well
Marie Mullen ... Mrs. Thompson

Stuart Graham ... Priest at College
Macdara Ó Fátharta ... Alien Priest (as Macdara Ó Fathárta)
Ronan Wilmot ... Policeman
Vinnie McCabe ... Detective
Dermot Healy ... Bogman in Hospital

Gerard McSorley ... Psychiatrist #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Purcell ... Boy in Monaghan (uncredited)

Directed by
Neil Jordan 
Writing credits
Pat McCabe (novel) (as Patrick McCabe)

Neil Jordan (screenplay) and
Pat McCabe (screenplay) (as Patrick McCabe)

Produced by
Neil Jordan .... executive producer
Redmond Morris .... producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Tony Lawson 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
Anthony Pratt 
Art Direction by
Anna Rackard 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
Makeup Department
Eileen Buggy .... assistant hair stylist
Fiona Connon .... assistant makeup artist
Dee Corcoran .... hair stylist
Sandra Kelly .... assistant hair stylist
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
Denise Watson .... makeup trainee
Matthew Smith .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mary Alleguen .... production manager
Des Martin .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Jordan .... trainee assistant director
Hugh Lane-Spollen .... trainee assistant director
Suzanne McAuley .... trainee assistant director
Barbara Mulcahy .... third assistant director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Suzanne Nicell .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Balfour .... supervising property master
Alex Bassett .... stand-by carpenter
Brian Bassett .... chief stagehand
Tommy Bassett .... construction manager
Mick Brownfield .... illustrator
Lisa Canty .... trainee art director
Triona Coen .... stand-by props
Colman Corish .... draughtsperson
Susie Cullen .... assistant art director
Gerry Drew .... master carpenter
Tommy Dunne .... dressing prop
Neil Featherstone .... stand-by painter (as Neil Fetherson)
Alan Gilmore .... draughtsperson
Martin Goulding .... draughtsperson
Paul Hedges .... chargehand dressing prop
Seamus Kelly .... dressing prop
Sunny Mulligan .... property buyer
John Neligan .... trainee property buyer
Rory Neville .... dressing prop
Tony Nicholson .... dressing prop (as Anthony Nicholson)
Jimmy O'Meara .... stand-by stagehand (as James O'Meara)
Des O'Neill .... chief plasterer
Laurence O'Toole .... graphic artist
Lesley Oakley .... stand-by art director
Bobby Scott .... chief painter
Noel Walsh .... stand-by props
John Wells .... prop storeman
Sound Department
Brendan Deasy .... sound recordist
Leonard Green .... assistant sound editor (as Lenny Green)
Pauline Griffiths .... foley artist
Nina Hartstone .... assistant sound editor
Peter Holt .... foley editor
Kieran Horgan .... sound recordist
Andrea Isaac .... assistant sound editor
Eddy Joseph .... supervising sound editor
Jenny Lee Wright .... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Dominic Lester .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills .... dialogue editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Conor O'Toole .... sound trainee
Lauren Potter .... foley artist
Noel Quinn .... boom operator
Nick Lowe .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Nick Watson .... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Gerry Johnston .... senior special effects technician
Michael Kearns .... special effects assistant
Stephen Lloyd .... senior special effects technician (as Steve Lloyd)
Kevin Nolan .... special effects assistant
Robbie Scott .... senior special effects technician
Joss Williams .... special effects supervisor
Michael Dawson .... special effects administrator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer
Andrea Adams .... CG animator: Peerless (uncredited)
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Ditch Doy .... CG animator: Peerless (uncredited)
Clare Norman .... scanning and recording editorial coordinator (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... motion control cameraman (uncredited)
Kitty Veevers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Dean Yurke .... digital artist (uncredited)
Patrick Condren .... stunt coordinator
Dominick Hewitt .... assistant stunt coordinator
Anthony Condren .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Donal O'Farrell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Butler .... focus puller
Albert Cassells .... electrician
Charles J. Connon .... grip trainee
Neil Crawford .... stand-by rigger
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Noel Donnellon .... video assist operator
Gary Donoghue .... best boy
Philip Fitzsimons .... rigging gaffer
David Grennan .... clapper loader
Sorcha Hyland .... camera trainee
Pascal Jones .... chief rigger (as Paschal Jones)
Bill Levins .... electrician
Colin Manning .... camera grip
Liam Moran .... electrician
Peter O'Toole .... electrician
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Mike Roberts .... camera operator
Pat Ryder .... electrician
John Connon .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jill Dempsey .... crowd casting
Maureen Hughes .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lian Callaghan .... lead costumer
Louise Keating .... lead costumer
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh .... assistant costume designer (as Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh)
John Scott .... wardrobe supervisor
Judith Williams .... wardrobe trainee
Emer Ó'Laoghaire .... wardrobe trainee
Lee Clayton .... tailor (uncredited)
John Cowell .... costume painter (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jens Baylis .... second assistant film editor
Grainne Gavigan .... lightworks assistant (as Gráinne Gavigan)
Gaye Lynch .... second assistant film editor
Nuala Roche .... assistant film editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Paul Ensby .... color timer (uncredited)
Tricia Perrott .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Connell .... music editor
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Matthias Gohl .... music producer
Elliot Goldenthal .... orchestrator
Bob Last .... music supervisor
Richard Martinez .... electronic music producer
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer (as Steve McLaughlin)
Stephen McLaughlin .... music recordist (as Steve McLaughlin)
James Nichols .... additional music recordist
Ed Shearmur .... conductor
Transportation Department
Richard Douglas .... transport department (as Richie Douglas)
Jimmy Doyle .... transport department
Peter Doyle .... transport department
Eamon Dunne .... action vehicle coordinator (as Eamonn Dunne)
Jack Flood .... transport department
Tony Hopkins .... transport department
Jimmy Hughes .... transport department
John Kavanagh .... transportation coordinator
Matt Kelly .... transport department
Tommy Kingston .... transport department
Philip Malone .... transport department
Shane Munnelly .... transport department
Tony Nolan .... transport department
Dave O'Connor .... transport department
Liam O'Loughlin .... transport department
Liam Scully .... transport department
Colie Sharkey .... transport department (as Coley Sharkey)
John J. Thompson .... transport department (as Johnny Thompson)
Other crew
Peter Byrne .... assistant location manager
Maria Collins .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Crotty .... unit publicist
Geraldine Daly .... location manager (as Ger Daly)
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Lisa Drayne .... production trainee
Cara Gavigan .... assistant location manager
Gerry Grennell .... dialogue coach
Charmian Hoare .... dialogue coach
Gary Jones .... financial controller
Ruth McMahon .... unit nurse
Johnny Mulligan .... assistant accountant (as John Mulligan)
Gary Nixon .... production accountant
Niamh O'Dea .... researcher
Tricia Perrott .... assistant: Mr. Morris
Brenda Rawn .... executive assistant: Mr. Jordan
Mairead Sandford .... production secretary
Yvonne Shaw .... assistant accountant
Yvonne Thunder .... assistant: Mr. Jordan
Breda Walsh .... production coordinator
Philippa Wood .... assistant: Mr. Woolley
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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Rated R for language and violence
110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround) | SDDS

Did You Know?

Stephen Rea is credited as only playing Pa in the film but also plays the adult Francie uncredited.See more »
Francie Brady:What's this world coming to, Sergeant?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Book That Wrote Itself (1999)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Lurid And Exuberant, 15 November 1998
Author: Steve Baker ( from Cairns Australia

The Butcher Boy is exuberant, funny and horrific. It's passionate and inventive and unforgettable. The Butcher Boy was directed by Irishman Neil Jordan who's previous films are impressive. They include The Crying Game, Mona Lisa, Interview With A Vampire, and Michael Collins.

The Butcher Boy is based on a novel by Patrick McCabe who also co-wrote the screen play. I'm very pleased to relate that The Butcher Boy isn't based on a true story!!! I sure hope it isn't anyway.

The Butcher Boy is about a lad who commits a horrific murder in a rural Irish town. But the film certainly isn't solemn. Jordan has enlivened an essentially gory tale with a touch of inventive, sometimes humorous magic realism (a bewigged Sinead O'Connor plays The Virgin Mary). Jordan is also blessed by having available a wonderfully gifted leading actor.

Fifteen year old Eamonn Owens, a schoolboy in real life from near where The Butcher Boy was shot, plays 12 year old Francie Brady. Francie finds himself betrayed. His dad (Stephen Rea) is a drunk, his Ma (Aisling O'Sullivan) is suicidal. His best friend lets him down. The township and it's institutions aren't supportive. He eventually takes his revenge.

The boy also has visions. We could say he's imaginative as children should be, but this boy is cheerfully violent as well. The Butcher Boy doesn't discuss cause and effect at all, but such is the power of the film, most viewers will wonder how such a thing could happen. Was Francie schizophrenic? Was he a psychopath. If he had had a stable loving family what might have happened?

Regardless, Eamonn Owens is just terrific as the cheerful, energetic, often very funny Francie Brady. This red headed bundle of uninhibited, unselfconscious energy has created a very memorable screen character indeed. Neil Jordan must have been tickled pink to have such a lead for his film.

Leading English stage actress Fiona Shaw plays the prissy Mrs Nugent and Irish stalwart, Milo (the eyebrows) O'Shea plays a meddlesome priest. Stephen Rea fans won't find much to celebrate since Rea doesn't do much more than look drunk, sit, and kick in a television, but that's because The Butcher Boy quite rightly revolves around the wonderful, funny and bloody Eamonn Owens. See The Butcher Boy if you can.

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