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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 ... 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. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences. Written by yusufpiskin

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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 »

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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 »

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[the Blessed Virgin Mary is exasperated by the Butcher Boy's slowness to act]
Our Lady: For fuck's sake, Francie!...
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Connections

Features The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweetheart of Jesus
(Traditional; arranged by Drummond)
Squirrel Music
Performed by Regina Nathan
Courtesy of Enigma / Lunar Records
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Very Dark Stuff
26 November 1999 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

THE BUTCHER BOY comically chronicles a young boy's descent into madness. The boy provides a voice-over from the present to tell the story of his youth in an Irish village in the early 60s. His father's a violent drunk, and his mother is already insane, so it's not difficult to explain why the kid is losing his mind. It's just that he really doesn't know he's going crazy. He believes he's leading a perfectly normal life as we watch in horror as his actions grow more violent and frightening. And it's a comedy!

Neil Jordan is a craftsman and creates a very enjoyable movie even given the very dark subject matter. The child actor's are great, the best I've seen this side of PONETTE. If the subject and its treatment don't put you off you will like this movie. If not, try something else.


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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Butcher Boy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,606, 5 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,995,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,995,911
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Geffen Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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