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 ...
Manning
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Verreker
Patricia Leventon ...
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Dennis Conway ...
Holmes
John O'Toole ...
Whitbread
Luke Hayden ...
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Brian de Salvo ...
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Republican in Court
Joe Taylor ...
Mortimer
Eoin Slattery ...
James
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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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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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Liz Joyce: You will write?
Brendan Behan: What's the point?
Liz Joyce: No, not to me. Write... for everyone.
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Featured in Insight Into the Borstal Boy (2000) See more »

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A Fine Film - Please See It
30 July 2004 | by (West Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I rented this because I had interest in Brendan Behan. Well, I was surprised by this film.

Shawn Hatosy is brilliant as a young Behan. You must see him in this role.

I was completely taken away with the story and the characters. The actors all are believable and true.

It does concern the IRA which I know little about. This takes place during WW II and it is interesting that the Behan character, although very primal and dedicated to his commitment to the Irish Republic, does in fact concede, given the far more devastating events happening in the wider sphere of the world, that for a time at least he is willing to 'lay down arms' and not resist.

I must mention the music. I am sorry I do not know the name of the composer, but it is superb and appropriately atmospherically Irish at the right times. The songs are all wonderful especially the ending song which one also hears at a truly pivotal and emotional point near the end of the film.

I don't talk or write much. I just love this film. I high recommend it to people who like character-driven films.


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