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Borstal Boy (2000)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 December 2000 (Ireland)
Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

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Holmes
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Whitbread
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Republican in Court
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Mortimer
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Brendan Behan, a sixteen year-old republican, is going on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the second world war. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as "the enemy," a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn and Brendan is thrown into a complete spin. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to the truth. Written by Strand Releasing <www.strandreleasing.com>

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In 1942, acclaimed Irish poet Brendan Behan was sent to a reform school. What he learned was that love knows no prison.

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Opening Weekend:

£33,303 (United Kingdom), 10 December 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,164, 3 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$87,074, 7 July 2002
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The Broadway production of "Borstal Boy" based on a book by Brendan Behan and adapted for the stage by Frank McMahon opened at the Lyceum Theater in New York on March 31, 1970, ran for 143 performances and won the 1970 Tony Award for Best play. See more »

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When Brendan arrives in Liverpool (which is actually London in the movie) he is passed by a London Transport Routemaster bus, a type which did not appear until 1958, though the movie is set in 1942. See more »

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Liz Joyce: You will write?
Brendan Behan: What's the point?
Liz Joyce: No, not to me. Write... for everyone.
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It has aims to be evocative and substantial, but can't come up with the goods to get it there
14 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

In a British labor camp for lads in 1942, youthful Irish troublemaker Shawn Hatosy (portraying Brendan Behan, upon whose remembrances the film is based) comes-of-age, sharing a bumpy but intense friendship with a gay teenager and timidly romancing a local young lady as well. Curious drama apparently made with the well-intentioned goal to show the burgeoning political activism of a determined man, and how his upbringing molded the figure he was to become, but too many of these boyhood antics are overly familiar (the playful romping on the beach which precedes a tragedy, the sneaky drinking and smoking during movie-time, the somewhat campy play which brings down the house). The acting by the handsome juveniles isn't bad (though the director tends to overdose on their aw-shucks smiles and faraway glances), Michael York--despite seeming a bit tired and distanced from the proceedings--is well-cast as the camp's director, but the point of the relationships is never made clear, the emotional center of the story seems to be missing. Obviously, Behan was not homosexual, though he did greatly admire his friend, yet the struggles of the gay teenager are hardly touched upon--he's treated more like an afterthought in the story rather than an important character--and one aches for more intimacy here, more substance. The film has an effectively washed-out look and has interesting locations, but the drama isn't gripping nor enticing because the handling is so aloof. ** from ****


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