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Andrew Garfield ... Jack Burridge

Peter Mullan ... Terry

Siobhan Finneran ... Kelly
Alfie Owen ... Eric Wilson
Victoria Brazier ... Teacher

Skye Bennett ... Angela
Madeleine Rakic-Platt ... Schoolgirl

Josef Altin ... Bully
Dudley Brewis ... 2nd Bully
Leigh Symonds ... Eric's Dad
Maria Gough ... Eric's Mum
Taylor Doherty ... Philip Craig

Jeremy Swift ... Dave

Shaun Evans ... Chris
Carlene Hanson ... Waitress

Katie Lyons ... Michelle
James Young ... Zeb

Anthony Lewis ... Steve
John Catterall ... Man in Club
Tilly Vosburgh ... Shopkeeper
Phil Rowson ... Policeman
Luke Broughton ... Policeman
Paul-Michael Giblin ... Photographer
Helen Wilding ... Carol
Steven Pacey ... Prosecution Barrister
Jared Garfield ... Guy 1
Cyriack Stevenson ... Council Officer
Tom Cottle ... Reporter

Nathan Kershaw ... Reporter
Josh Moran ... Ticket Collector
Iris Sharples ... Woman in Train
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin L. Evans ... Dean (uncredited)
Jessica Mullins ... Catherine Thompson (uncredited)

Directed by
John Crowley 
Writing credits
Jonathan Trigell (novel)

Mark O'Rowe (screenplay)

Produced by
Sue Calverley .... line producer
Tally Garner .... producer
Lynn Horsford .... producer
Liza Marshall .... executive producer
Nick Marston .... producer
Original Music by
Paddy Cunneen 
Cinematography by
Rob Hardy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lucia Zucchetti 
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Jon Henson 
Art Direction by
Andrea Hughes 
Set Decoration by
Anita Gupta 
Robert Wischhusen-Hayes 
Costume Design by
Julian Day 
Makeup Department
Sarah Campbell .... hair stylist
Sarah Campbell .... makeup artist
Janet Horsfield .... hair stylist
Janet Horsfield .... makeup artist
Juliet Jackson .... hair stylist
Juliet Jackson .... makeup artist
Jessica Taylor .... hair designer
Jessica Taylor .... makeup designer
Production Management
Helen de Winter .... post-production supervisor
Kevin Jackson .... unit manager
Amanda Wasey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Coggan-Hulmes .... second assistant director (as Laura Coggan)
Gemma Nunn .... third assistant director
Dan Winch .... first assistant director
Jen Leng .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Dominic Threlfall .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Caroline Barclay .... stand-by art director
Will Cann .... prop hand
Gareth Cousins .... assistant art director
David Ede .... scenic artist
Neil Glynn .... stand-by props
Patrick Henshaw .... dressing props
Tony Henshaw .... property master
Paul Mitchell .... prop hand
Susan Ross .... scenic artist
Kevin Smith .... stand-by carpenter
Sound Department
Antonia Bates .... dialogue editor
Owen Bleasdale .... foley recordist editor
Paula Boram .... foley artist
Paul Davies .... supervising sound editor
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Gareth Llewellyn .... assistant sound mixer
Christine Morton .... sound trainee
Chu-Li Shewring .... assistant sound editor
Jack Stew .... foley artist
Andrew Stirk .... sound re-recording mixer
Graeme Stoten .... adr recordist
Jason Swanscott .... foley artist
David Turner .... sound project coordinator (as Dave Turner)
Justin Wilkinson .... sound maintenance engineer
Thom Berryman .... assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Thom Berryman .... sound transfer engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Barney Jordan .... visual effects: The Farm
Gary Connery .... stunt coordinator
Ben Cooke .... stunt performer
Aldonio Danny Freitas .... stunt performer (as Aldonio Freitas)
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Justin Pearson .... stunt performer
Charles Ramsay .... stunt performer (as Charlie Ramsey)
Andy Wareham .... stunt performer
William Willoughby .... stunt performer (as Will Willoughby)
Andy Wareham .... stunt double: Boy A @ 17 (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Richie Donnelly .... focus puller
Steve Gartside .... electrician
Richard Griffiths .... grip
Lee Howarth .... stand-by rigger
Tony Hughes .... electrician
Ian Jackson .... rigging gaffer
Wayne Mansell .... generator operator
Ed Miller .... still photographer
Daniel Nightingale .... camera assistant (as Dan Nightingale)
Daniel Nightingale .... camera trainee (as Dan Nightingale)
Matilda Smith .... clapper loader
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
John Taylor .... Steadicam operator
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
William Tracey .... gaffer
Anthony Ward .... grip
David Williamson .... video playback operator
Casting Department
Shenaz Khan .... extras casting
Alice Searby .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shahida Day .... costume supervisor (as Shaida Day)
Victoria Lambe .... costume trainee
Jane Marcantonio .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Tonia Cohen .... negative checker: Reel Skill Film Cutting
Andrew Dearnley .... digital film supervisor
Ian Dood .... digital intermediate director of production: The Farm
Aidan Farrell .... colorist: The Farm
Marya Goga .... editorial administrator: Channel Four
Clyde Kellett .... on-line editor
David Klafkowski .... digital intermediate technical director: The Farm
Justin Lanchbury .... film transfer consultant
Alan Pritt .... film transfer coordinator
Fiona DeSouza .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Simon Allen .... musician
Arthur Dick .... musician
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Paul Higgs .... musician
Steve Parr .... music re-recording mixer
Joe Townshend .... musician
Transportation Department
Dave Armforth .... driver: makeup truck
Andrew Devlin .... driver: costume truck
Matt Evans .... driver: camera truck
Craig Humphries .... transportation captain
Martin Koen .... driver: prop
Other crew
James Armitage .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Andrew Braithwaite .... paramedic
Marianne P. Buckland .... legal and compliance: Channel Four
Andrew Buglass .... floor runner
Stephen Cheers .... location scout
Julie Clyne .... paramedic
Marti Consibee .... chef
Anna Davis .... finance director: Cuba Pictures
Craig Dickson .... head of legal: Cuba Pictures
Jeremy Gawade .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Tammy Gouldesbrough .... chaperone
Claire Harrison .... assistant accountant
Elaine Harrison .... production accountant
Julie Hodgson .... chaperone
Rachel Jones .... production secretary
Valerie Jones .... chaperone
John Kerron .... title designer: The Farm
Helene Lenszner .... location manager
Colin Lewin .... finance director: Cuba Pictures
Shelley Love .... choreographer
Paul McCallister .... clips: Channel Four
Bronwyn McConville .... assistant to commercial affairs: Channel Four
Sarah McWhinney .... finance director: Cuba Pictures
Christos Michaels .... production legal services
Alison Morrison .... chef
James Muirhead .... location scout
Claire Newton .... assistant location manager
Rebecca O'Connor .... commercial affairs: Channel Four
Claire Oakley .... assistant: John Crowley
Tracey Pearce .... chaperone
Natasha Pilbrow .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Sue Bruce Smith .... commercial development: Channel Four, Film4 (as Sue Bruce-Smith)
Hilary Stewart .... commercial affairs: Channel Four
Emma Thomas .... script supervisor
Selina Ukwuoma .... finance director: Cuba Pictures
Kathryn Williams .... head of commercial affairs: Channel Four
Jenny Winston .... runner

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Rated R for language, sexuality, some disturbing content and brief drug use
106 min
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In a retrospective scene young Eric and his friend Philip are walking around impersonating Spider-Man shooting web and swinging along the street. Andrew Garfield, the actor playing old Eric/ Jack, is Peter Parker/Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).See more »
Michelle:[at Jack's photo] Look at you, so cute!See more »
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40 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Powerfully gripping, 18 January 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The Christian author Lewis B. Smedes once said that, "to forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." John Crowley's Boy A is a powerfully gripping film about what happens when we fail to forgive ourselves for wrongdoing and give society the opening to move in and assuage our guilt. Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) has been released from prison after serving fourteen years for a murder that he helped commit when he was ten years old, but the struggle to recover his life has just begun.

Adapted by Mark O'Rowe from the novel by Jonathan Trigell, the story is a reminder of the notorious 1993 Jamie Bulger case when two ten-year-olds were convicted of murdering Jamie Bulger, aged two, although Trigell says that his inspiration for the book was a friend of his who served prison time as a juvenile and turned into "a lovely lad." In the Bulger case, the British media portrayed the two boys as evil savages, ignoring circumstances that might have compelled them to commit the act. Sadly, Jack's release is also trumpeted in the media with a scare headline about "evil coming of age" and a drawing of how he might look today.

Known at their trial only as Boy A and Boy B, both Jack (whose given name was Eric Wilson) and his friend Phillip (Taylor Doherty) were incarcerated for the brutal murder of a young female classmate, yet the full details of the crime including what may or may not have been Jack's role are never fully explained and the surrounding circumstances revealed only in sporadic flashbacks. We learn that both boys had a childhood of poverty and neglect. Eric had an alcoholic father and a mother stricken with cancer and Philip was sexually abused by an older brother, yet Crowley never uses their circumstances to justify their crime.

The film opens with Jack being assisted by his counselor, his uncle Terry (Peter Mullan), on his release from prison. Terry gives him a present of a pair of "Escape" brand sneakers and helps him to find a new job at a delivery service and obtain living accommodations with Kelly (Siobhan Finneran), a kindly woman who agrees to house him temporarily. As a cover, he tells his new boss and co-worker Chris (Shaun Evans) that he did three stints in prison for stealing cars when he was much younger. Jack makes a positive adjustment at work and falls for office secretary Michelle (Katie Lyons), known affectionately by her mates as 'The White Whale". Their relationship at first is awkward, especially when Jack is given Ecstasy at an office party and lets loose in a wild, spasmodic dance, and later, engages in a violent brawl while coming to the aid of a friend.

Slowly Jack and Michelle find much in common and one of the loveliest scenes in the film is when they snap photos of each others while taking a bath together. As Jack begins to get his life together, he remains fully aware of the need to guard his secret and his anxiety that others will discover it is always evident. All the while, Jack is supported by Terry, and when the boy rescues the victim of a car accident to become a local hero, Terry calls him his "most successful achievement." Things get complicated, however, when Terry's estranged son (James Young) comes to live with him and begins to show resentment about his father's closeness to Jack. Eventually this entanglement will be the trigger for the realization of Jack's (and our) deepest fears.

Boy A is a compassionate and disturbing film that won numerous BAFTA awards for acting, directing, editing, and cinematography, though it started out as a made for TV movie. As Jack, Andrew Garfield turns in a superb performance, allowing his face to reveal his vulnerability and his changing moods to reveal the tightrope on which he is walking. Though the film has moments of pathos, it is not without grace. We cling tenaciously to those moments of transcendence, sensing that they might be fleeting, but knowing that they will never be forgotten.

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