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A Sense of Freedom (1979)

The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

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Jimmy Boyle
Jake D'Arcy ...
Robbie
Sean Scanlan ...
Jackie (as Sean Scanlon)
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Malkie
John Murtagh ...
Piper
Roy Hanlon ...
Chief Officer
Martin Black ...
Bobbie Dugan
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Inspector Davidson
Hector Nicol ...
Uncle Jody
Bill Barclay ...
Bill
Alexander West ...
Ben
Lesley Mackie ...
Malkie's Wife
Frank Welshman ...
Barman
Kate Gardiner ...
Boyle's Mother
Jan Wilson ...
Mrs. Docherty
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The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

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It is based on the autobiography of Glasgow gangster Jimmy Boyle, who was reputed to be Scotland's most violent man. See more »


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A Sense Of Freedom
Written By Frankie Miller
Performed by Frankie Miller and 'Rory Gallagher'
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One of the 'Prison Movies', ever!
6 August 1999 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

The true story of Jimmy Boyle, one of Scotland's most notorious troublemaker's. This movie gives the viewer; 1. A glimpse into the harsh reality of growing up in one of Europe's toughest neighbourhood's, the "Gorbells" in Glasgow, Scotland, and; 2. It shows the 'Incredible' strength of one man's spirit. Jimmy, use to run small time protection rackets and the usual 'Gangsterism' that goes with, that is until he's caught and sent to prison. Everybody feared Jimmy Boyle, and I understand why, Boyle was one hell of a nasty character and you will see why, but that was no excuse for the brutal punishments this Human being received once imprisoned. He was actually in solitary confinement longer than any other person on record or "in the movies", but that's just one of the punishments Jimmy receives in prison. This movie will bring you through all the emotions that "Midnight Express" did. I actually prefer 'a sense of freedom' because of it's low budget and realism, and it's portrayal of one man's strength of spirit to defy condititioning by way of extreme brutal punishment inflicted upon him by the British Judicial System, this guy would not give in, until they did, unbelievable, you gotta' see what this guy went through. One of my favourite parts is when Jimmy is at His Mother's funeral, so sad, and the line "you'll see, jimmy" J.B. replies "you'll see,!? you'll see f*#k'all without your eye's." Ouch!. Jimmy Boyle still lives in Glasgow, he houses and counsels homeless and drug addicted teenagers.


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