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A Sense of Freedom (1979)

The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

Director:

John Mackenzie

Writers:

Peter McDougall, Jimmy Boyle (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hayman ... Jimmy Boyle
Jake D'Arcy Jake D'Arcy ... Robbie
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Jackie (as Sean Scanlon)
Alex Norton ... Malkie
John Murtagh John Murtagh ... Piper
Roy Hanlon Roy Hanlon ... Chief Officer
Martin Black Martin Black ... Bobbie Dugan
Fulton Mackay ... Inspector Davidson
Hector Nicol Hector Nicol ... Uncle Jody
Bill Barclay Bill Barclay ... Bill
Alexander West Alexander West ... Ben
Lesley Mackie Lesley Mackie ... Malkie's Wife
Frank Welshman Frank Welshman ... Barman
Kate Gardiner Kate Gardiner ... Boyle's Mother
Jan Wilson Jan Wilson ... Mrs. Docherty
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Storyline

The life and imprisonment of Glasgow hard man and gangster Jimmy Boyle.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Katkera matka vapauteen See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Due to non-co-operation by the Scottish Prison Service in allowing a film crew access to their property, Hayman's scenes in prison were filmed in Dublin's Kilmainham Jail. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints feature a soundtrack in which the original actors have re-recorded their dialogue with softer Scottish accents. The two disc DVD release on the Odyssey label in the UK features both versions. See more »

Connections

References White Heat (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

A Sense Of Freedom
Written By Frankie Miller
Performed by Frankie Miller and Rory Gallagher
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Miss it at your peril
14 December 2002 | by j-scott33See all my reviews

A brutal Man. A brutal system. This is the true story of hardman Jimmy Boyle based on the tough streets of the Gorbals in 1970,s Glasgow. A hard hitting story of a man who,s loan sharking and racketeering eventually leads him to prison where his anti authoritarianism is met with rough justice by the prison wardens. This low budget film proves that money and special effects need not be the key in mastery


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