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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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William Franklin
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Brother John
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Brother Mac
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Brother Tom
Alan Devlin ...
Father Damian
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Brother Whelan
John Travers ...
Liam Mercier 636
Chris Newman ...
Patrick Delaney 743
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Gerard Peters 458
Mark Butler ...
Downey 913
Bernard Manning ...
Rogers 855
Samuel Bright ...
Ryan 126
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O Reilly 58
Caoimhin 'Tojo' Barra Doherty ...
Murphy 338
Michael McGee ...
Lynch 76
John Collins ...
O Connor 252
Michael Scott ...
Flynn 144
Robert White ...
Galvin 544
Michael Sloan ...
Sean Peters 568
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Bishop Conlon
Jude Sweeney ...
Father O'Driscoll
Joe O'Gorman ...
Sergeant Fitzpatrick
John Hand ...
Mr Peters
Nessa Fitzgerald ...
Mrs Keogh
Simone Bendix ...
Rosa
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Preston
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Ernesto (as Juan Jose Ballesta)
John McDonnell ...
Execution Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joe Cassidy ...
Spanish soldier

Directed by

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Aisling Walsh

Written by

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Aisling Walsh ... (writer) &
Kevin Byron Murphy ... (writer) (as Kevin Byron-Murphy)
 
Patrick Galvin ... (writer)

Produced by

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Gillian Berrie ... co-producer
Peter Garde ... co-producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez ... executive producer (as Andres Vicente Gomez)
Michael Lunderskov ... executive producer
Tristan Lynch ... producer (as Tristan Orpen Lynch)
Will Machin ... associate producer
John McDonnell ... producer
Kevin Byron Murphy ... producer (as Kevin Byron-Murphy)
Dominic Wright ... producer

Music by

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Richard Blackford

Cinematography by

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Peter Robertson

Film Editing by

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Bryan Oates

Editorial Department

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Jette Bjørkmann ... negative cutter
Anders Bloch-Rose ... onelight dailies (as Anders Bloch-Jensen)
Ejvind Bording ... color timer
Denise Caruth ... post-production coordinator
Christine Ekstrand ... post-production coordinator
Helle Hansen ... negative cutter
Lars Bjørn Hansen ... on-line editor
Mikkel Lindskov Hansen ... on-line editor
Troels Hoe ... on-line editor
Marianne Jerris ... negative cutter
Deborah Kavanagh ... assistant film editor
Sandra Klass ... colorist
Evelyn Kristiansen ... negative cutter (as Evelyn Kristianssen)
Ivan Schmidt ... technical supervisor
Per Sidor ... sync dailies
Morten Skytte ... onelight dailies
Mia Bang Stenberg ... post-production coordinator (as Mia Bang Steenberg)

Casting By

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Dorothy MacGabhann

Production Design by

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John Hand

Art Direction by

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Owen Power

Costume Design by

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Allison Byrne

Makeup Department

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Sandra Feijoo ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Tahira Herold ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Benjamin Robin ... hair designer / makeup artist

Production Management

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Christine Ekstrand ... post-production manager
Lisa Parker ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Keely Buckley ... trainee assistant director
Andrew Hegarty ... first assistant director
Alex Jones ... third assistant director
Colin Kellegher ... trainee assistant director
Treasa O'Riordan ... trainee assistant director
Bairbre Quinn ... trainee assistant director
Hannah Quinn ... second assistant director
John Shaw ... trainee assistant director
Jonathan Shaw ... trainee assistant director
Matt Sullivan ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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Marc Dowds ... property master
Anne Fitzsimon ... assistant production buyer
Brian Hannigan ... constructor
Anna Kirwan ... production buyer
Penni Merrin ... art department coordinator
Niall Moran ... constructor (as Niall Morgan)
Niamh Nic Raois ... assistant props (as Niamh Ní Raois)
Sean O'Donnell ... construction manager
Irina Pawassar ... stand-by props
Francis Taaffe ... graphic designer (as Francis Taffe)

Sound Department

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Niels Arild ... mixing supervisor
Majka Bjørnager ... assistant foley artist
Colin Chapman ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Eileen Creedon ... second boom operator
Ray Cross ... sound mixer
Caoimhe Doyle ... foley artist
Stephen Farrell ... boom operator
Morten Holm ... sound designer
Andrea King ... foley artist
Paul McFadden ... dialogue editor
Jean McGrath ... adr recordist
Gerard Roche ... adr recordist
Peter Schultz ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Alan Snelling ... adr recordist
Mark Kenna ... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)

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Morten Balling ... titles
Carina Jensen ... title graphics
Anders Marker ... digital 35 mm intermediate recording

Stunts

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Donal O'Farrell ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Conor Crowley ... clapper loader
Con Dempsey ... gaffer
Richie Egan ... key grip (as Richard Egan)
Russell Gleeson ... focus puller
Roland Hill ... best boy
Ciaran Kavanagh ... camera operator: "a" camera
Mick O'Rourke ... Steadicam operator
Eugene O'Sullivan ... generator operator
Patrick Redmond ... still photographer (as Pat Redmond)
Paul Shanahan ... camera assistant
Brian Sheridan ... best boy

Casting Department

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Nessa Fitzgerald ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Kevin Gleeson ... wardrobe trainee
Naomi Hanrahan ... wardrobe trainee
Ciara McArdle ... wardrobe supervisor
Margaret O'Brien ... local costumer
Margaret O'Connell ... local costumer
Anne O'Mahoney ... assistant costume maker (as Ann O'Mahony)
Gaby Rooney ... wardrobe assistant
Maggie Scobbie ... costume maker (as Maggie Scobie)

Location Management

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John Carney ... location assistant
Jenny Dunne ... location assistant
Nickki Mitton ... location manager (as Nikki Mitton)
Colm Nolan ... location scout

Music Department

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Levine Andrade ... musician: viola solo
Richard Blackford ... conductor / music orchestrator
James Collins ... music recording engineer
Andrew Findon ... musician: flute solo (as Andy Findon)
Olaio Jiminez ... flamenco vocals
Erwin Keiles ... musician: guitar solo
Glenn Keiles ... technical direction
Sara Loewenthal ... score preparation
Fiz Shaphur ... musician: piano solo

Script and Continuity Department

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Emer Conroy ... script supervisor
Pamela Wilson ... script editor

Transportation Department

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Anthony Carroll ... costume truck driver
Dracey Jobbins ... driver: camera truck
John Kavanagh ... transportation captain
Donal McCarthy ... transportation coordinator
Frank Moore ... electrical truck driver
Aideen O'Sullivan ... unit driver

Other crew

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Peggy Uí Adoha ... unit nurse
Nina Boland ... chaperone
Raymond Boyd ... facilities
Pauline Burt ... financier representative
Ruth Carnegy ... chaperone
Denise Caruth ... assistant: producers
Tadhg Conway ... epk cameraman
Fionnuala Dorney ... assistant accountant
Stephen Fearon ... facilities
Nessa Fitzgerald ... tutor
Brendan Gunn ... dialogue coach
Michael Hayes ... chaperone
James Hickey ... legal services
Miriam Kelly ... assistant accountant
Padraig Kelly ... facilities
Mary Martin-O'Sullivan ... assistant accountant (as Mary Martin-Sullivan)
Colm McCarthy ... facilities
Ciara McGowan ... production coordinator
Fionn McSweeney ... chaperone / childrens accomodation coordinator
Karen McSwiney ... production accountant
Siobhan Ní Laighin ... production runner
Eibhlin Ní Lionard ... unit nurse
Colm O'Haodha ... assistant: Aidan Quinn (as Colm O'hAodha)
Patrick O'Neill ... assistant production coordinator
Nora O'Riordan ... chaperone
Aoife O'Sullivan ... production executive
Abigail Payne ... legal services
Jaz Pollack ... chaperone
Barbara Quinn ... chaperone
Karen Rigg ... facilities
Julie Smith ... publicist

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 coy, pretty new boy becomes his latest pederastic lust-object, sworn to suffer sodomy in silence- even devoutly confessing to Father O'Driscoll his fear to have lost his innocence during painful rape costs him an endless cold shower, shivering stark-naked before his tormentor. Constructing a nativity stall for the village church allows Franklin's class to grow close, have fun and earn praise, but after the Peters brothers cross the forbidden red lines to hug each-other on Christmas night across the wall separating the age sections, John punishes their 'blasphemous abomination' (?!) by publicly flogging their bare backs to bloody pulp till Franklin arrives. Still the prefect is capable of viler abuse: Liam, who sent a boy to get Franklin and received a book with dedication from that 'communist', privately gets the sturdy strap in the face till even secret-blackmailed brother Mac can't watch the orgy of child-abuse any more, but now Franklin arrives so late... Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines Four walls. One faith. No identity. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Drengene fra Skt. Judes (Denmark)
  • Los niños de San Judas (Spain)
  • Los Ninos de San Judas (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Piso apo tous toihous (Greece)
  • O Inferno de São Judas (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend Ireland EUR88,324, 19 Oct 2003

Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Featured in Song for a Raggy Boy: Behind the Scenes (2003). See more »
Quotes William Franklin: Any questions?
[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.
William Franklin: I'm here because I'm a teacher and I think I'm a good one.
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