A moving, comic tale of three boys about to leave a grim Catholic School in Greenock, Scotland, who find they must each choose a different path in life as they face the future.

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(as Daniel Boyle)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth McFadyen ...
Nick
Gary Greer ...
Gus
Alan Summers ...
Jada
Paul Hannaway ...
Lorexene
Marcus Railton ...
Pete
Andrew Goodfellow ...
Pat
Adrian May ...
Dowdles
Lorraine Brett ...
Girl
Paul Young ...
Snodgrass
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Duffy
Sean Scanlan ...
Big Mac
Gerry Slevin ...
Headmaster
Maggie Bell ...
Shop Assistant
Tony MacBeath ...
Barber
Johnny Irvine ...
Barman
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A moving, comic tale of three boys about to leave a grim Catholic School in Greenock, Scotland, who find they must each choose a different path in life as they face the future.

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It's 1960... and three boys are on the edge of freedom.

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Drama

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5 February 1989 (UK)  »

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£200,000 (estimated)
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(16 mm prints)

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1.33 : 1
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Realistic and harrowing scenes of corporal punishment in the film were achieved by the creation of a harmless prop "Lochgelly belt" - the leather strap or "tawse" used in 1960s Scotland to exact discipline upon school pupils. See more »

Connections

References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Faith of Our Fathers
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Performed by a Group of School Children
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12 September 2008 | by (Glasgow) – See all my reviews

I am not sure if this comment is still valid, but this film has just been released on DVD.I have been trying to find it for years as it is possibly one of the best Scottish films ever made. Play.com has it on DVD and if anyone is curious just buy, i guarantee you will not be disappointed. You will laugh (lots), cry, and scream with dismay and frustration at the antics of young Scottish teenagers. A must buy. There are few films which accurately portray the teenage life of a Scottish schoolchild, brought up in a poor part of the country. The film deals with many issues, and subtly confronts the problems of gang fighting and sectarianism. Light hearted yet extremely touching and poignant,3 completely different characters the 3 main characters are superbly played by 3 local actors.You cannot fail to be touched by their stories. There are many famous Scottish actors in it who went to become very well known household names. Why bbc Scotland has waited so long to release is beyond me. It was originally made only for television in 1988 and was shown as part of the bbc2 series screen 2. Just go out and get it.


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