The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy

Streaming Video - 1998
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Academy Award-winner director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With the Vampire) probes deep inside the damaged emotional psyche of a child, where fantasy desperately strives to block out a brutal and depraved reality. But what happens when a small boy's most outlandish dreams of revenge are passionately realized as The Butcher Boy? Ireland, 1962. In a remote village, 12-year-old Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) escapes his alcoholic father, Benny (Stephen Rea--The Crying Game), and mentally unstable mother, Annie (Aisling O'Sullivan--Michael Collins), by retreating into a haze of daydreams, relying on his "blood brother" Joe (Alan Boyle) as his sole link to the outside world. But when tragedy strikes, Francie slips deeper into surreal inhuman misery.

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biblioQ
Dec 11, 2013

Awesome portrayal of his vision of the Virgin Mary by Sinéad O'Connor

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21221018293347
Jun 25, 2012

Bleak. Very depressing watching this poor boy try to cope, without any guidance at all. I had to turn it off.

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jackhayward
Oct 24, 2011

This film has utterly nothing to do w/Thomas Perry's The Butcher's Boy or w/Thomas Perry. What possible point is there in listing it as though it does????

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Janice21383
Aug 23, 2011

Let us say this movie leaves an impression. Not only is it a convincing picture of madness, it may drive you mad, and I'm not kidding (see the plot summary; warning: it has spoilers.) Since this is an Irish film, it is also very funny. I have a small altar in my home, dedicated to the actors: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, and especially the little boy who plays Francie's friend Joe.

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barbder
May 02, 2010

very strange dark but great too

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22950010085595
Feb 26, 2010

This movie provides good insight into how psychopathology forms. Disturbing and upsetting - but well said.

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