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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 »

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Terence Ryan

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

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)
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Storyline

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) »

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There's more to war than taking sides.

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Drama | Romance | War

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

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Brillantina Boys See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Although set in Ireland, the film was actually shot on the Isle of Man. See more »

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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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An Excellent, entertaining film
15 January 2005 | by jhluxtonSee all my reviews

An excellent film - really enjoyable.

Though if one reads historical accounts about the exploits of allied and German internees in Ireland during WWII fact was even more strange than depicted in this film!

Jean Butler played her part well considering her lack of previous film appearances she should be in more movies.

Angus MacFadyen is superb as the Luftwaffe pilot, his aloof arrogance is tempered by his sense of fair play and humanity.

A wonderful film which I enjoyed - the Isle of Man made a good surrogate for Ireland.


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