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Mickybo and Me (2004)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 25 March 2005 (UK)
The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. They share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), with the consequence that they run away to Australia.


Terry Loane


Terry Loane (screenplay), Owen McCafferty (play)
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Credited cast:
John Joesph Mcneill John Joesph Mcneill ... Mickybo
Niall Wright ... Jonjo
Julie Walters ... Mickybo's Ma
Ciarán Hinds ... Jonjo's Da
Adrian Dunbar ... Mickybo's Da
Gina McKee ... Jonjo's Ma
Susan Lynch ... Torch Woman
Laine Megaw ... Auntie Rita
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Adair Barbara Adair ... Elderly Wife
Hannah Carnegie Hannah Carnegie ... Niamh
Patricia Carson Patricia Carson ... Annie
Brendan Caskey Brendan Caskey ... Gank
Charlie Clarke Charlie Clarke ... Fartface
Maria Connolly Maria Connolly ... Travel Agent Lady
Chris Corrigan ... Policeman 1


Based on the play of the same name the film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. The boys share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia. Written by John Snelling

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

UIP [Ireland]


UK | France



Release Date:

25 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£49,475 (United Kingdom), 1 April 2005, Limited Release
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film takes place in 1970. See more »


When Jonjo goes to the cinema near the end, a Big Daddy poster can be seen. See more »


Mickybo's Da: Anyway, he's had nothing new for ages.
Mickybo's Ma: Aye, I know how he feels.
Mickybo's Da: Didn't I get you those washing gloves you wanted.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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An accurate and poignant film about the year that Belfast went mad
7 January 2007 | by ken_whartonSee all my reviews

As a former serving soldier in Northern Ireland, during the "Troubles " - my first tour was 1969/70 - I found my eyes wandering to desperately identify places in Belfast where I had done a thousand F.P.'s (foot patrols) and was delighted when I spotted a place I recognised. As another reviewer said, it wasn't about the "Troubles" or our presence over there, but it was a magnificent backdrop to the film.

The acting was outstanding, the location work terrific and the two young lads at the centre of the film were simply awesome. The accents varied a little and I spotted a couple of the actors contriving the Belfast brogue - esp Julie Walters, but, hey, who cares, as she is one of the finest actors in the world - but in general, it was a poignant and moving tribute to an incredible, relationship which stretched beyond the sectarian divide.

Belfast went mad in 1970 and this movie accurately conveys that.

I would recommend this film without hesitation.

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