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Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)

"Song for a Raggy Boy" is based on the true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.

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Aisling Walsh

Writers:

Aisling Walsh, Kevin Byron Murphy (as Kevin Byron-Murphy) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aidan Quinn ... William Franklin
Iain Glen ... Brother John
Marc Warren ... Brother Mac
Dudley Sutton ... Brother Tom
Alan Devlin Alan Devlin ... Father Damian
Stuart Graham ... Brother Whelan
John Travers John Travers ... Liam Mercier 636
Chris Newman Chris Newman ... Patrick Delaney 743
Andrew Simpson ... Gerard Peters 458
Mark Butler Mark Butler ... Downey 913
Bernard Manning Bernard Manning ... Rogers 855
Samuel Bright Samuel Bright ... Ryan 126
Robert Sheehan ... O Reilly 58
Caoimhin 'Tojo' Barra Doherty Caoimhin 'Tojo' Barra Doherty ... Murphy 338
Michael McGee Michael McGee ... Lynch 76
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In 1939 William Franklin, an anti-Franco veteran of the bloody Spanish Civil War, arrives as first-ever lay teacher in a strict Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School for wayward boys. He soon learns the academic challenge is formidable, many boys being still illiterate, but gradually earns their trust, respect, in time almost devotion, with 'paternal' kindness, making the layman the opposite of the cruel prefect, brother John, who frequently administers painful and humiliating punishments, even the gentle, old superior Father Damian has no authority against his disciplinary mandate from the grim bishop Conlon. Slowly even class rebel Liam Mercier is turned around, trough his gift for literature. After Franklin dares stop the sadist's penny-weighted strap severely striking 'sinful scum' for a futility, the whole dorm is treated to an icy night outdoors, arms outstretched wearing only shorts. Brother Mac's mind may mean to educate well, his flesh is too weak for celibacy, so the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Én mands kamp ændrede deres liv for altid[Denmark] See more »

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Country:

Ireland | UK | Denmark | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 August 2003 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Ireland See more »

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Opening Weekend:

£88,324 (United Kingdom), 17 October 2003, Limited Release
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William Franklin: Now, before we start, let's get a few things straight. We will call each other by name. Secondly, your reasons for being here are no concern of mine. My only concern is that while you are in this room that you learn something. Thirdly, you can ask me any question you like. I will try and answer it. If I can't, I will say so.
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Men may cry.
4 December 2003 | by Patrick DuncanSee all my reviews

An outstanding film from Ireland that is playing to strongly moved and even angry audiences in many parts of Europe as well as competing at the box office in its own territory favourably with such more obviously commercial movies as Intermission and Veronica Guerin. It has won either jury or audience awards at Ghent, Copenhagen, Cherbourg and Slovenia festivals. It tackles the tough and difficult-to-film subject of child abuse and manages to uplift your emotions before devestating and dashing them. All the performances, particularly those from Iain Glen as the sadist priest Brother John and from John Travers as the lead boy Mercier are outstanding and achieving widespread recognition, and many people think this is Aidan Quinn's best role ever. Skillfully and humanely handled by director Aisling Walsh, the film has more conviction than others in its family of films such as The Magdalene Sisters or Conspiracy of Silence and deserves to be seen anywhere it hasn't yet received a distribution. Anyone still interested in honest, highly moving drama or anyone whose youth was not a bed of roses will appreciate this film. An unusual film in that, just possibly, men may cry at it.


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