Song For A Raggy Boy

Overview

A teacher takes on the corrupt leadership of an Irish reform school in this drama based on a true story. William Franklin Aidan Quinn is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a school for wayward boys run by Brother John Iain Glen, who is a firm believer in strong discipline. But Franklin comes to believe the students are being treated ...
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Overview

A teacher takes on the corrupt leadership of an Irish reform school in this drama based on a true story. William Franklin Aidan Quinn is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a school for wayward boys run by Brother John Iain Glen, who is a firm believer in strong discipline. But Franklin comes to believe the students are being treated with excessive force, with many of the children severely punished for trivial violations of the rules, and some treated as delinquents for the crime of not having parents. As Franklin campaigns for more humane treatment of his charges, he makes a powerful enemy in Brother John, who responds to Franklin's reform efforts with greater vehemence against the students, in particular Mercier John Travers, an inquisitive child who has become a favorite of Franklin. Franklin's distrust of Brother John's regime reaches a high point when a new student informs him that he was sexually assaulted by one of the clerics. Song for a Raggy Boy was adapted from the memoir by Patrick Galvin, who also helped adapt his story for the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • UPC: 043396180468
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Tva Films
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Aidan Quinn William Franklin
Iain Glen Brother John
Marc Warren Brother Mac
Dudley Sutton Brother Tom
Alan Devlin Father Damian
Stuart Graham Brother Whelan
John Travers Liam Mercier
Chris Newman Patrick Delaney
Simone Bendix Rosa
Claus Bue Bishop
Andrew Simpson Gerard
Technical Credits
Aisling Walsh Director, Screenwriter
Gillian Berrie Co-producer
Richard Blackford Score Composer
Allison Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Ray Cross Sound/Sound Designer
Patrick Galvin Screenwriter
Peter Garde Co-producer
Andrés Vicente Gómez Executive Producer
John Hand Production Designer
Andrew Hegarty Asst. Director
Michael Lunderskov Executive Producer
Tristan Orpen Lynch Producer
Dorothy MacGabhann Casting
Will Machin Associate Producer
John McDonnell Producer
Kevin Byron Murphy Producer, Screenwriter
Bryan Oates Editor
Peter J. Robertson Cinematographer
Dominic Wright Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Song for a Raggy Boy
1. Introduction [2:03]
2. Ireland, 1939 [3:24]
3. A New Teacher [3:12]
4. First Class [7:52]
5. The Wall [4:59]
6. Big Mistake [4:56]
7. He Must Go [4:28]
8. Molested [6:02]
9. War [5:24]
10. Nativity Scene [7:05]
11. Christmas Eve [10:14]
12. Praying [4:50]
13. Closing Gate [7:51]
14. Visitor [11:11]
15. Repercussions [2:55]
16. Leaving [7:07]
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