Brylcreem Boys

The Brylcreem Boys

Director: Terence Ryan

Cast: Bill Campbell, William McNamara, Angus MacFadyen

     
 
Many may not know that Ireland maintained its neutrality during World War II, so that any soldiers from that conflict who found themselves on Irish soil had to be kept in captivity until the war's end. For a variety of aeronautical reasons, quite a few Axis and Allied pilots found themselves having to bail out over Ireland. In this film, captives Miles Keogh (Bill

Overview

Many may not know that Ireland maintained its neutrality during World War II, so that any soldiers from that conflict who found themselves on Irish soil had to be kept in captivity until the war's end. For a variety of aeronautical reasons, quite a few Axis and Allied pilots found themselves having to bail out over Ireland. In this film, captives Miles Keogh (Bill Campbell), a Canadian pilot, and Count Rudolph von Stegenbek (Angus Macfadyen), a German pilot, are rivals for the affections of Mattie Guerin (Jean Butler), a local Irish girl. How this rivalry continues is just part of the story of this exciting and romantic film.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
What viewers can learn from The Brylcreem Boys is surprising: (1) the Republic of Ireland maintained a Second World War POW camp housing American, Canadian, British, and German soldiers from downed planes or wrecked boats; (2) Jean Butler, that lithe lass of Riverdance fame, can act--passably, at least; and (3) a low-budget, nonviolent film (except for fisticuffs) can be entertaining. True, two British newspapers, The London Daily Mail and The London Evening Standard, lambasted this film as bosh after it debuted in 1997. So what else is new? Was there ever a time when the British liked anything Irish? Although the production was filmed on the Isle of Man off the northwest coast of England, the POW's were actually held at Curragh Prison, an internment camp near the town of Naas, about 25 miles from Dublin. Generally, the motion picture comes under the heading of "antiwar film" because it depicts, in microcosm, bitter enemies who learn to co-exist. But it contains nice touches of romance, droll humor, and suspense. There is also a nasty Irish taskmaster ever ready to fell malcontents with the butt of his rifle. Apparently, he is the token sadist meant to demonstrate that neutral Irishmen could be just as reprehensible as Axis and Allied bullies. The acting is generally good, including the performances of co-producer Gabriel Byrne as Sean O'Brien, the commandant of the Irish prison; Bill Campbell as Miles Keough, a Canadian pilot and POW; Angus MacFadyen as Count Rudolph von Stegenbek, a German POW and flier who shot down Keough; and Jean Butler as Mattie Guerin, who does a dazzling Irish dance and is ogled by both Keough and Stegenbek. Because the Irish allow their inmates to go to town on passes, they can visit pubs, see horse races, and mingle with the locals. Then the day comes when some inmates plan to leave for good, and the suspense builds. The Brylcreem Boys is not a great film, but it is a good film that entertains while developing a serious theme.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2000
UPC:
0720917515625
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Fox Lorber
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene access; Original trailer; Filmographies; Production credits

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Campbell Miles Keogh
William McNamara Gunn,Sam
Angus MacFadyen Count Rudolph von Stegenbek
Gabriel Byrne Sean O'Brien
Jean Butler Mattie Guerin
John Gordon Sinclair Richard Lewis
Oliver Tobias Hans Jorg Wolff
Alan Barry Mr Guerin
Gedeon Burkhard Krach
Hal Fowler Pilot Officer Bunty Winthrop
Tim Hayes Walsh
B.J. Hogg Sean
Anders Jillybo Larsen
Doreen Keogh Noni
Joe McGann Captain Deegan
Alistair McLeod Marshall (navigator)
Magnus McLeod Olenski
Trevor Nelson Seamus
Chris 'Kit' Ryan Boy at the races
James Tiernan Ryan Boy at the races
Niels Bruno Schmidt Schmidt
Marc Sinden Group Captain White
Hugh Vyvyan Henshaw
Rupert Wickham Preuss
Peter Woodward Captain Stossel

Technical Credits
Terence Ryan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Peter Bennett Asst. Director
Jamie Brown Co-producer,Screenwriter
Jean Butler Choreography
Gabriel Byrne Co-producer
Pat Ferns Associate Producer
Kay Freeborn Production Manager
Jo Gilbert Associate Producer
Steve Hardie Production Designer
Richard Hartley Songwriter
Emma E. Hickox Editor
Alan Latham Producer
Gerry Lively Cinematographer
Paul Madigan Producer
Stephen Margolis Associate Producer
David Murphy Costumes/Costume Designer
Kristi Prenn Executive Producer
Barry Reed Sound/Sound Designer
Bernie Stampfer Producer
Arthur Wooster Cinematographer
Mohammed Yusuf Executive Producer

Scene Index

Scene Access
0. Scene Access
1. You're In Ireland [8:38]
2. Prisoners Of War [22:57]
3. Day Pass [10:31]
4. Bad News [13:48]
5. Sam's Escape [12:06]
6. Leaving Ireland [18:07]
7. Escape [12:03]
8. End Credits [3:34]

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