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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

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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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Four walls. One faith. No identity. See more »

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Drama | History

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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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Quotes

William Franklin: Any questions?
Gerard Peters 458: [raises his hand]
William Franklin: What's your name?
Gerard Peters 458: 458 Peters, sir.
William Franklin: Stand up, Mr Peters.
Gerard Peters 458: What's someone like you doing in a place like this?
William Franklin: Why do you think I'm here?
Liam Mercier 636: Because you couldn't get a job anywhere else.
William Franklin: Sit down, Mr Peters. Have we any serious questions?
Liam Mercier 636: You haven't answered the first one yet.
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Are people blind???
24 April 2004 | by tvnutsSee all my reviews

I'd like to ask what morons have thrashed this great movie. You see there are people who have no idea what makes a good movie and they write crap.Like the guy who said it was an awful movie and that it was too predictable.Well its based on a true story.I don't think people understand that this type of thing happened here,it happened for decades and the story needed to be told.Most reviews have said this movie is useless,mainly because it is just "another" abuse story.So what?There have been movies about abuse made up,but this is based on things that happened form the 40's to the 80's.These boys were sexually and physically abused and it was ignored,there was no one to help them.Some reviews I have read seem to hint that they do not like the movie because it makes the priests out to be evil and they don't want their religion hurt.Well Ill tell you this,some of them were evil,of course not all of them,but yes,some of them were the definition of evil.If this movie doesn't hit you in a way that nearly makes you cry,then you have something wrong with you.And just look at all the awards it got from film festivals.

Great movie,great acting,Aiden Quinn was brilliant as were the kids.

4 out of 5.


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