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The Brylcreem Boys (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, War | 23 April 1999 (UK)
In 1941, as part of an effort to remain strictly neutral, the Dublin government made a deal with both Berlin and London whereby any soldier, sailor or pilot captured on Irish soil, whether ... See full summary »


Terence Ryan


Jamie Brown (screenplay), Susan Morrall (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Campbell ... Miles Keogh (as Bill Campbell)
Chris 'Kit' Ryan Chris 'Kit' Ryan ... Colin Parker (as Christopher Ryan)
Jean Butler Jean Butler ... Mattie Guerin
Gabriel Byrne ... Commandant O'Brien
Hal Fowler ... Bunty Winthrop
Anders Jillybo Anders Jillybo ... Sten Larsen (as J. Anders Jillebo)
Alistair McLeod Alistair McLeod ... Sergeant Marshall (as Alister McLeod)
Tim Hayes ... Sergeant Walsh
Joe McGann ... Captain Deegan
Anthony Madigan Anthony Madigan ... Policeman
Conor Breen Conor Breen ... 1st Guard
Angus Macfadyen ... Rudolph von Stegenbek
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Sean (as B J Hogg)
Trevor Nelson Trevor Nelson ... Seamus (as Colom Doherty)
Simon Butimore Simon Butimore ... Man with Cart (as Simon Buttimore)


In 1941, as part of an effort to remain strictly neutral, the Dublin government made a deal with both Berlin and London whereby any soldier, sailor or pilot captured on Irish soil, whether of German or Allied forces, would be interned for the duration of the war. What the Irish failed to tell was that they would intern everybody in the same camp. It is here that Canadian pilot Miles Keogh and German pilot Rudolph Von Stegenbeck meet after a fight in which both their planes were downed. Outside the camp, both fall in love with the same woman, an independent Irishwoman who refuses to take sides in their private little war. Written by Gerard Morvan <morvan.cyb@vdp.fr>

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pilot | irish | german | love | fight | See All (147) »


There's more to war than taking sides.


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Although set in Ireland, the film was actually shot on the Isle of Man. See more »


During the radio announcement of the Pearl Harbor attack, the announcer says the US has declared war on Japan and Germany the same day of the attack, Sunday Dec. 7. The declaration actually took place the next day, 8 DEC 1941. See more »


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A sweet, gentle film, worth a watch

The story of the internees in Ireland during the Second World War is a fascinating one that I was familiar with, and after hearing of this film, I thought I would give it a watch. It's a very pleasant way to spend an hour and three-quarters, though it probably will not go down in history as a world-changing piece of art. You couldn't fault the period detail and the acting throughout is of a high standard. The script, directing, and all the rest is good. I suppose part of the problem with the film is that the absurdity of the story probably doesn't translate terribly well to a film. As a result the film has to work quite hard to make the story dramatic. It perhaps goes over the top a little with the "WE ARE IN IRELAND!" details (perhaps because it is filmed on the Isle of Man?) I enjoyed the subtle visual hints (the bored horse standing next to a green phone box) and the plot details (each one of the fourteen hundred camp guards being either 'Seamus' or 'Sean'). Anyway, it's an independent movie, and for all that is very professionally done and well put together. If you see it coming on the telly one wet Sunday afternoon, don't turn it off - I'm sure you'll find much to like in it.

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Release Date:

23 April 1999 (UK) See more »

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Brillantina Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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