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The Butcher Boy ()


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

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Francie Brady
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Sergeant
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Leddy
Alan Boyle ...
Joe Purcell
Andrew Fullerton ...
Phillip Nugent
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Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan ...
Ma Brady
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Da Brady
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Dr. Boyd
Rosaleen Linehan ...
Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves ...
Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley ...
Mary
Niall Buggy ...
Father Dom
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Uncle Alo
Anne O'Neill ...
Mrs. McGlone
Joe Pilkington ...
Charlie McGlone
Pat McGrath ...
Farmer on Tractor
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Dublin Man
Pat Leavy ...
Dublin Cafe Woman
Janet Moran ...
Dublin Shopkeeper
Paraic Breathnach ...
Man on Truck (as Páraic Breathnach)
John Olohan ...
Mr. Nugent
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Mr. Purcell
Mikel Murfi ...
Buttsy
Brendan Conroy ...
Devlin
Tom Hickey ...
Gardener
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Father Bubbles
Gregg Fitzgerald ...
Bogman #1
John Finegan ...
Bogman #2
Gavin Kelty ...
Bogman #3
Eoin Chaney ...
Bogman #4
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Father Sullivan
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Our Lady / Colleen
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Boy at Fountain (as Ciáran Owens)
Shane O'Connor ...
Boy at Fountain
Paolo Tullio ...
Mr. Caffolla
Siobhan McElvaney ...
Girl in Shooting Gallery
Áine McEneaney ...
Girl in Shooting Gallery
Pat McCabe ...
Jimmy The Skite (as Patrick McCabe)
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Psychiatrist #1
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Bogman in Mental Hospital
Birdy Sweeney ...
Man in Well
Marie Mullen ...
Mrs. Thompson
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Priest at College
Macdara Ó Fátharta ...
Alien Priest (as Macdara Ó Fathárta)
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Policeman
Vinnie McCabe ...
Detective
Dermot Healy ...
Bogman in Hospital
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Psychiatrist #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Purcell ...
Boy in Monaghan (uncredited)

Directed by

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Neil Jordan

Written by

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Pat McCabe ... (novel) (as Patrick McCabe)
 
Neil Jordan ... (screenplay) and
Pat McCabe ... (screenplay) (as Patrick McCabe)

Produced by

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Neil Jordan ... executive producer
Redmond Morris ... producer
Stephen Woolley ... producer

Music by

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Elliot Goldenthal

Cinematography by

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Adrian Biddle ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Tony Lawson

Editorial Department

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Jens Baylis ... second assistant film editor
Grainne Gavigan ... lightworks assistant (as Gráinne Gavigan)
Gaye Lynch ... second assistant film editor
Nuala Roche ... assistant film editor
Bill Daly ... post-production executive (uncredited)
Paul Ensby ... color timer (uncredited)
Tricia Perrott ... post-production coordinator (uncredited)

Casting By

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Susie Figgis

Production Design by

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Anthony Pratt

Art Direction by

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Anna Rackard

Set Decoration by

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Josie MacAvin

Costume Design by

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Sandy Powell

Makeup Department

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Eileen Buggy ... assistant hair stylist
Fiona Connon ... assistant makeup artist
Dee Corcoran ... hair stylist
Sandra Kelly ... assistant hair stylist
Morag Ross ... makeup artist
Denise Watson ... makeup trainee
Matthew Smith ... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Mary Alleguen ... production manager
Des Martin ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sarah Jordan ... trainee assistant director
Hugh Lane-Spollen ... trainee assistant director
Suzanne McAuley ... trainee assistant director
Barbara Mulcahy ... third assistant director
Christopher Newman ... first assistant director (as Chris Newman)
Suzanne Nicell ... second assistant director

Art Department

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David Balfour ... supervising property master
Alex Bassett ... stand-by carpenter
Brian Bassett ... chief stagehand
Tommy Bassett ... construction manager
Mick Brownfield ... illustrator
Lisa Canty ... trainee art director
Triona Coen ... stand-by props
Colman Corish ... draughtsperson
Susie Cullen ... assistant art director
Gerry Drew ... master carpenter
Tommy Dunne ... dressing prop
Neil Featherstone ... stand-by painter (as Neil Fetherson)
Alan Gilmore ... draughtsperson
Martin Goulding ... draughtsperson
Paul Hedges ... chargehand dressing prop
Seamus Kelly ... dressing prop
Sunny Mulligan ... property buyer
John Neligan ... trainee property buyer
Rory Neville ... dressing prop
Tony Nicholson Jr. ... dressing prop (as Anthony Nicholson)
Jimmy O'Meara ... stand-by stagehand (as James O'Meara)
Des O'Neill ... chief plasterer
Laurence O'Toole ... graphic artist
Lesley Oakley ... stand-by art director
Bobby Scott ... chief painter
Noel Walsh ... stand-by props
John Wells ... prop storeman
Alan Lambert ... stills photography (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Brendan Deasy ... sound recordist
Leonard Green ... assistant sound editor (as Lenny Green)
Pauline Griffiths ... foley artist
Nina Hartstone ... assistant sound editor
Peter Holt ... foley editor
Kieran Horgan ... sound recordist
Andrea Isaac ... assistant sound editor
Eddy Joseph ... supervising sound editor
Jenny Lee Wright ... foley artist (as Jenny Lee-Wright)
Dominic Lester ... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Nigel Mills ... dialogue editor
Robin O'Donoghue ... re-recording mixer
Conor O'Toole ... sound trainee
Lauren Potter ... foley artist
Noel Quinn ... boom operator
Nick Lowe ... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Nick Watson ... sound consultant: Dolby (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Gerry Johnston ... senior special effects technician
Michael Kearns ... special effects assistant
Stephen Lloyd ... senior special effects technician (as Steve Lloyd)
Kevin Nolan ... special effects assistant
Robbie Scott ... senior special effects technician
Joss Williams ... special effects supervisor
Michael Dawson ... special effects administrator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Kent Houston ... visual effects supervisor
Susi Roper ... visual effects producer
Andrea Adams ... CG animator: Peerless (uncredited)
Martin Body ... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Ditch Doy ... CG animator: Peerless (uncredited)
Clare Norman ... scanning and recording editorial coordinator (uncredited)
Tim Ollive ... digital artist (uncredited)
David Smith ... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton ... motion control cameraman (uncredited)
Kitty Veevers ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Dean Yurke ... digital artist (uncredited)

Stunts

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Patrick Condren ... stunt coordinator
Dominick Hewitt ... assistant stunt coordinator
Tony Condren ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Donal O'Farrell ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Alan Butler ... focus puller
Albert Cassells ... electrician
Charles J. Connon ... grip trainee
Neil Crawford ... stand-by rigger
Kevin Day ... gaffer
Noel Donnellon ... video assist operator
Gary Donoghue ... best boy
Philip Fitzsimons ... rigging gaffer
David Grennan ... clapper loader
Sorcha Hyland ... camera trainee
Pascal Jones ... chief rigger (as Paschal Jones)
Bill Levins ... electrician
Colin Manning ... camera grip
Liam Moran ... electrician
Peter O'Toole ... electrician
Patrick Redmond ... still photographer
Mike Roberts ... camera operator
Pat Ryder ... electrician
John Connon ... grip (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Jill Dempsey ... crowd casting
Maureen Hughes ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lian Callaghan ... lead costumer
Louise Keating ... lead costumer
Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh ... assistant costume designer (as Eimer Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh)
John Scott ... wardrobe supervisor
Judith Williams ... wardrobe trainee
Emer Ó'Laoghaire ... wardrobe trainee
Lee Clayton ... tailor (uncredited)
John Cowell ... costume painter (uncredited)

Location Management

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Peter Byrne ... assistant location manager
Geraldine Daly ... location manager (as Ger Daly)
Cara Gavigan ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Michael Connell ... music editor
Robert Elhai ... orchestrator
Matthias Gohl ... music producer
Elliot Goldenthal ... orchestrator
Bob Last ... music supervisor
Richard Martinez ... electronic music producer
Stephen McLaughlin ... music mixer (as Steve McLaughlin) / music recordist (as Steve McLaughlin)
James Nichols ... additional music recordist
Edward Shearmur ... conductor (as Ed Shearmur)

Transportation Department

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Richard Douglas ... transport department (as Richie Douglas)
Jimmy Doyle ... transport department
Peter Doyle ... transport department
Eamon Dunne ... action vehicle coordinator (as Eamonn Dunne)
Jack Flood ... transport department
Tony Hopkins ... transport department
Jimmy Hughes ... transport department
John Kavanagh ... transportation coordinator
Matt Kelly ... transport department
Tommy Kingston ... transport department
Philip Malone ... transport department
Shane Munnelly ... transport department
Tony Nolan ... transport department
Dave O'Connor ... transport department
Liam O'Loughlin ... transport department
Liam Scully ... transport department
Colie Sharkey ... transport department (as Coley Sharkey)
John J. Thompson ... transport department (as Johnny Thompson)

Other crew

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Maria Collins ... assistant production coordinator
Mary Crotty ... unit publicist
Diana Dill ... script supervisor
Lisa Drayne ... production trainee
Gerry Grennell ... dialogue coach
Charmian Hoare ... dialogue coach
Gary Jones ... financial controller
Ruth McMahon ... unit nurse
Johnny Mulligan ... assistant accountant (as John Mulligan)
Gary Nixon ... production accountant
Niamh O'Dea ... researcher
Tricia Perrott ... assistant: Mr. Morris
Brenda Rawn ... executive assistant: Mr. Jordan
Mairead Sandford ... production secretary
Yvonne Shaw ... assistant accountant
Yvonne Thunder ... assistant: Mr. Jordan
Breda Walsh ... production coordinator
Philippa Wood ... assistant: Mr. Woolley
Brendan Gunn ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Roger Phillips ... title designer (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines This little piggy laughed all the way home! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Butcher Boy (France)
  • Der Schlächterbursche (Germany)
  • Contracorriente (Spain)
  • Il garzone del macellaio (Italy)
  • Le garçon boucher (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 110 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $135,606, 05 Apr 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia Stephen Rea is credited as only playing Pa in the film but also plays the adult Francie, who narrates his story in voice overs throughout the film, uncredited. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in My Giant/The Odd Couple II/City of Angels/The Player's Club/The Big One/The Butcher Boy (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Mack the Knife See more »
Quotes [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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