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The Boy from Mercury (1996)

Harry is an eight-year-old boy growing up in Ireland with his dis-spirited widowed mother and older brother. He is bullied in school, and his only real friend is his dog Max. His great joy ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Duffy

Writer:

Martin Duffy
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Cast

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Rita Tushingham ... May Cronin
Tom Courtenay ... Uncle Tony Cronin
Hugh O'Conor ... Paul
James Hickey James Hickey ... Harry Cronin
Ian McElhinney ... Brother Dowdall
Joanne Gerrard Joanne Gerrard ... Sarah, Paul's Girlfriend
Sean Flanagan Sean Flanagan ... Sean McCarthy (as Sean O'Flanagain)
Kevin James Kevin James ... James 'Mucker' Maguire
Liam Heffernan Liam Heffernan ... Usher
Rachel Martin Rachel Martin ... Ice Cream Girl
Paddy Nalty Paddy Nalty ... Foyer Usher
Patrick J. Brady Patrick J. Brady ... Sean's Perfect Father
Irene Parsons Irene Parsons ... Sean's Perfect Mother
Aisling Duffy Neenan Aisling Duffy Neenan ... Sean's Perfect Sister
Brendan Morrissey Brendan Morrissey ... Brother Quinn
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Harry is an eight-year-old boy growing up in Ireland with his dis-spirited widowed mother and older brother. He is bullied in school, and his only real friend is his dog Max. His great joy and obsession are the Flash Gordon episodes he watches on TV, and he believes that he and his dog are really from the planet Mercury. Over time, Harry learns to appreciate the value of his family, but he never ceases to think of himself as the boy from Mercury.

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Remember when everyday was and adventure

Genres:

Drama | Family

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Country:

France | UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1996 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiú a Merkúrról See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Dolby SR

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Color
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Best Movie About Childhood
21 December 1998 | by Mickey77See all my reviews

This is almost forgotten Irish film - yet it's the still the finest ever made in this country. Anyone who remembers what it was like to be a child will identify with the frustrations, joys and terrors of growing up among adults and older siblings who failed to understand anything. The actors are wonderful including Tushingham and Courtney (3 decades on from Doctor Zhivago) and the technical elements are remarkable considering the shoe-string budget. I saw this movie at its world premiere in Dublin in 1996 - it was love at first sight. I hope it grows in stature over the coming years.


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