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The Butcher Boy (1997)

The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Pat McCabe (novel) (as Patrick McCabe), Neil Jordan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eamonn Owens ... Francie Brady
Sean McGinley ... Sergeant
Peter Gowen ... Leddy
Alan Boyle Alan Boyle ... Joe Purcell
Andrew Fullerton Andrew Fullerton ... Phillip Nugent
Fiona Shaw ... Mrs. Nugent
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Ma Brady
Stephen Rea ... Da Brady
John Kavanagh ... Dr. Boyd
Rosaleen Linehan Rosaleen Linehan ... Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Coyle
Gina Moxley Gina Moxley ... Mary
Niall Buggy Niall Buggy ... Father Dom
Ian Hart ... Uncle Alo
Anne O'Neill Anne O'Neill ... Mrs. McGlone
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Storyline

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie's world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary). Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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This little piggy laughed all the way home!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1998 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

A kis véreskezű See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$135,606, 5 April 1998

Gross USA:

$1,995,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,995,911
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Geffen Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)| SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Author of the source novel Pat McCabe made a few attempts at writing a screen adaption of his book which strayed rather further from his book than the film does. It was co-writer of the screenplay and director Neil Jordan who brought it back closer to the original novel. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [voice over] Excuse me, moon, have you got something to say or are you saying the rosary too?
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William Tell Overture
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Conducted by Riccardo Chailly (as Ricardo Chailly)
Courtesy of the Decca Record Company Ltd. Lon, Eng.
Licensed by permission of PolyGram Commercial Marketing Division
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Brilliant. Simply, brilliant.
30 May 1999 | by Quag7See all my reviews

Just caught this movie on cable; I hadn't heard of it before.

It is a brilliant film; black comedy of the blackest sort. What is truly amazing is the acting ability of lead Eamonn Owens; in my mind the finest performance of a kid his age that I've ever seen.

The sardonic humor of this film, the way it treats such horrible things as lightly as it does, the acting, the script, the quaint narrative devices, and sense of menace cloaked in charming small town Irish life make this a thoroughly original and engaging character study.

Sinead O'Connor is a scream as the Virgin Mary.

The thick accents in this film make it a little bit difficult to follow in parts, but American audiences should still be able to understand most of the dialogue.

I cannot recommend this film highly enough; it is proof that you can still make a quality movie without buying into cheap Hollywood cliches.


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