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Leaving 

A moving, comic tale of three boys about to leave a grim Catholic School in Greenock, Scotland, who find they must each choose a different path in life as they face the future.

Director:

Sandy Johnson

Writer:

Daniel Boyle (as Daniel Boyle)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth McFadyen Kenneth McFadyen ... Nick
Gary Greer Gary Greer ... Gus
Alan Summers Alan Summers ... Jada
Paul Hannaway Paul Hannaway ... Lorexene
Marcus Railton Marcus Railton ... Pete
Andrew Goodfellow Andrew Goodfellow ... Pat
Adrian May Adrian May ... Dowdles
Lorraine Brett Lorraine Brett ... Girl
Paul Young Paul Young ... Snodgrass
Hugh Ross ... Duffy
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ... Big Mac
Gerry Slevin Gerry Slevin ... Headmaster
Maggie Bell Maggie Bell ... Shop Assistant
Tony MacBeath Tony MacBeath ... Barber
Johnny Irvine Johnny Irvine ... Barman
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A moving, comic tale of three boys about to leave a grim Catholic School in Greenock, Scotland, who find they must each choose a different path in life as they face the future.

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It's 1960... and three boys are on the edge of freedom.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1989 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (16 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Realistic and harrowing scenes of corporal punishment in the film were achieved by the creation of a harmless prop "Lochgelly belt" - the leather strap or "tawse" used in 1960s Scotland to exact discipline upon school pupils. See more »

Connections

References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Faith of Our Fathers
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Performed by a Group of School Children
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Well I would give it 10 wouldn't I?
16 June 2013 | by handlebarSee all my reviews

Hello folks,

You can watch Leaving on YouTube! www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFdEXtySiuY

I was the director... And am currently making Series 6 of the ITV comedy Benidorm.

Leaving It is still the favourite of all the films I've made - a great script by Daniel Boyle and wonderful performances from the boys and the rest of the cast.

Does anyone know where Alan, Gary and Kenneth are now? I've lost touch with them.

Follow me on Twitter @sandymoustache if you like!


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