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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 »


Jonjo: [narrating] My Auntie Rita had no husband, no children. She was wedded to the Good Lord, she said. God knows what He did to deserve someone like her.
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References Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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Poignant and funny
14 July 2005 | by darapkelSee all my reviews

The story is basically that of two young boys in Belfast in the summer of 1970 who come from opposite sides of the sectarian divide. Obsessed with the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, they decide to run away to Australia and leave their problems behind.

I've seen this film twice and would happily watch it again. The two young main characters, Jonjo and Mickybo, are wonderfully cast and the story dwells on their friendship and their need to escape their lives rather than being just another film about the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

The cast is excellent, Adrian Dunbar being a standout as the wastrel father. The film is definitely a crowd pleaser but the story is good enough to avoid being corny or sentimental.

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