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Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

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Eamon Glancy ...
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Verreker
Patricia Leventon ...
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Dennis Conway ...
Holmes
John O'Toole ...
Whitbread
Luke Hayden ...
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Lee Ingleby ...
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Brian de Salvo ...
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Republican in Court
Joe Taylor ...
Mortimer
Eoin Slattery ...
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Tony Coleman ...
Cragg
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Brendan Behan, a sixteen year-old republican, is going on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the second world war. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as "the enemy," a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn and Brendan is thrown into a complete spin. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to the truth. Written by Strand Releasing <www.strandreleasing.com>

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In 1942, acclaimed Irish poet Brendan Behan was sent to a reform school. What he learned was that love knows no prison.

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8 December 2000 (Ireland)  »

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Um Jovem Irlandês  »

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£33,303 (UK) (8 December 2000)

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$87,074 (USA) (5 July 2002)
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The Broadway production of "Borstal Boy" based on a book by Brendan Behan and adapted for the stage by Frank McMahon opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York on March 31, 1970, ran for 143 performances and won the 1970 Tony Award for Best play. See more »

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When Brendan arrives in Liverpool (which is actually London in the movie) he is passed by a London Transport Routemaster bus, a type which did not appear until 1958, though the movie is set in 1942. See more »

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[Repeated Line]
Brendan Behan: As a prisoner of war, it is my duty to escape.
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"As a prisoner of war, it is my duty to escape."
7 December 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

I saw an advance screening of this film last week and had the pleasure of speaking with Peter Sheridan afterwards. Simply put, it is the story of a young Brendan Behan who discovers love, friendship and tragedy whilst imprisoned in an English reform school. Although he refuses to denounce his IRA affiliations, Behan is eventually released after his actions during a strange series of events at the school reveal his true and most upstanding character. The movie was very touching and well acted by an international cast. Sheridan made some daring casting choices (The Irish Behan is played by an American, Shawn Hatosy,) but the results make for a captivating film. Go and see Borstal Boy.


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