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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 Mac
Dudley Sutton ...
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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Outstanding in Every Way
13 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everything about this movie is wonderful if you can handle the grim subject matter.

The musical score is superb, the cinematography excellent, the writing intelligent, and the acting faultless.

I was expecting the subject matter to be exploited, but it wasn't. At the same time, no punches were pulled.

Everyone involved in this project deserves high praise, and my only complaint is that here is yet another great movie ignored by the mainstream.

I am happy to say that this movie is heart-warming at the end -- in spite of the tragedy that takes place, and the fact that the wrongdoers do not receive the punishment they so richly deserve.

Anyone concerned about the injustices and hardships visited upon innocent and defenseless children should see this movie, which is based on historical fact.


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