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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)

 |  Drama  |  22 August 2003 (Denmark)
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"Song for a Raggy Boy" is based on the true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.

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Brother John
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Brother Tom
Alan Devlin ...
Father Damian
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Brother Whelan
John Travers ...
Liam Mercier 636
Chris Newman ...
Patrick Delaney 743
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Gerard Peters 458
Mark Butler ...
Downey 913
Bernard Manning ...
Rogers 855
Samuel Bright ...
Ryan 126
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Caoimhin 'Tojo' Barra Doherty ...
Murphy 338 (as Caoimhin 'Tojo' Barry Doherty)
Michael McGee ...
Lynch 76
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In 1939 William Franklin, an anti-Franco veteran of the bloody Spanish Civil War, arrives as first-ever lay teacher in a strict Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School for wayward boys. He soon learns the academic challenge is formidable, many boys being still illiterate, but gradually earns their trust, respect, in time almost devotion, with 'paternal' kindness, making the layman the opposite of the cruel prefect, brother John, who frequently administers painful and humiliating punishments, even the gentle, old superior Father Damian has no authority against his disciplinary mandate from the grim bishop Conlon. Slowly even class rebel Liam Mercier is turned around, trough his gift for literature. After Franklin dares stop the sadist's penny-weighted strap severely striking 'sinful scum' for a futility, the whole dorm is treated to an icy night outdoors, arms outstretched wearing only shorts. Brother Mac's mind may mean to educate well, his flesh is too weak for celibacy, so the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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£88,324 (UK) (17 October 2003)

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£216,528 (UK) (24 October 2003)
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Easily one of the best films of 2003
5 March 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

After reading the other review that totally thrashed this excellent piece of film i felt i just had to write one.

This is really an excellent piece of film. Easily one of the best films of 2003.

It's about a group of boys in an Irish Reformatory School in 1939 who one days gets a new teacher who opposes the violent and harsh ways the "brothers" use to dicipline the boys.

The performances are more than excellent, and the young characters are played out so well by the boys.

If you haven't seen this wonderful film, do so right now! It has recently been released on DVD in Scandinavia. So there's no excuse now.


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