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The Butcher Boy (1997)

The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Pat McCabe (novel) (as Patrick McCabe), Neil Jordan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eamonn Owens ... Francie Brady
Sean McGinley ... Sergeant
Peter Gowen ... Leddy
Alan Boyle Alan Boyle ... Joe Purcell
Andrew Fullerton Andrew Fullerton ... Phillip Nugent
Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Ma Brady
Stephen Rea ... Da Brady
John Kavanagh ... Dr. Boyd
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley Gina Moxley ... Mary
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Father Dom
Ian Hart ... Uncle Alo
Anne O'Neill Anne O'Neill ... Mrs. McGlone
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Storyline

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie's world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary). Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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This little piggy laughed all the way home!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A kis véreskezű See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,606, 5 April 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,822,193, 7 June 1998
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geffen Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)| SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie reunites director Neil Jordan with many actors who had appeared in his previous film Michael Collins (1996): Stephen Rea, Ian Hart, Jer O'Leary, Brendan Gleeson, Sean McGinley, Gerard McSorley, Stuart Graham, Aisling O'Sullivan, Paraic Breathnach and Vinnie McCabe; Sinéad O'Connor acts in this film while in Collins she provided with soundtrack songs. See more »

Quotes

Da Brady: There was no whiskey then, son. Only the sea and the waves. We said the rosary on the rocks.
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Connections

References The Fugitive (1963) See more »

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The Old Bog Road
Written by Teresa Brayton (as Brayton) / Madeleine O'Farelly (as O'Farelly)
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Just an EXCELLENT movie
27 February 2004 | by CTzenSee all my reviews

I don't understand how this movie is so unknown by most of the people.

Simply put, this is an amazing film. Eamonn Owens' performance is just unbelievable.

There are some serious and sensitives themes in this movie (murder, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, child abuse, religion) however it's not a disturbing movie (it has its moments though). The reason for the lack of disturbance in this film is because we're seeing everything from the perspective of a little boy.

The Butcher Boy is, for sure, one of the best dark comedies/dramas that I've seen. Highly recommendable.


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