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Butcher Boy
     

The Butcher Boy

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Director: Neil Jordan, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle, Stephen Rea

Cast: Neil Jordan, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle, Stephen Rea

 

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Neil Jordan directed this adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel about a boy's struggles with violence and mental illness. Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) is a young boy growing up in Dublin in the early 1960s, where his life is dominated by his active imagination and his best friend Joe (Alan Boyle). But beneath this benign surface lurks a troubled soul; his father

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Neil Jordan directed this adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel about a boy's struggles with violence and mental illness. Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) is a young boy growing up in Dublin in the early 1960s, where his life is dominated by his active imagination and his best friend Joe (Alan Boyle). But beneath this benign surface lurks a troubled soul; his father (Stephen Rea) is an embittered alcoholic, his mother (Aisling O'Sullivan) is emotionally unstable and periodically ends up in the local mental hospital (or as she calls it, "the garage," because it's where they take you when you break down), and their next-door neighbor, Mrs. Nugent (Fiona Shaw) often rants that the Bradys are "pigs" not fit to live with. For all their troubles, Francie fiercely loves his parents, and he can't abide Mrs. Nugent's insults. But his playful childhood pranks begin to advance into more destructive and menacing behavior, which leads him to his own stay in "the garage." Branded a lunatic by the community and shorn of his only close friendship when Joe takes up with Mrs. Nugent's son, Francie soon reaches the point of collapse. With nowhere to go, Francie takes an especially awful job as a butcher's assistant, and his overactive imagination goes into overdrive, flooding his mind with images of alien takeover, atomic apocalypse, and the Virgin Mary (Sinead O'Connor) that lead him further down the path toward shocking acts of violence.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Recalling Stanley Kubrick's powerful 1973 film A Clockwork Orange in its dissection of madness and society's desire to cure it, this hallucinatory, blackly comic feature by the always-provocative Neil Jordan manages to incorporate a variety of mood shifts and subtle commentary in one fully-realized piece of work. Its young star, the gifted Eamonn Owens, gives a finely-etched portrayal of young derangement (which recalls Malcolm McDowell in the aforementioned Kubrick film), and Jordan's signature touches keep the film's absurdist -- yet somehow believable -- execution constantly engaging. Criticized in some circles as a clever but cold work, the film is decidedly not for all tastes, especially in its comically bemused take on its lead character's bizarre behavior. However, Jordan's auspicious handling of such tricky material transcends such quibbles, and provides rewarding entertainment for those willing to go along with it.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/13/2007
UPC:
0012569585638
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
43,118

Special Features

Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Neil Jordan; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eamonn Owens Francie
Alan Boyle Joe
Stephen Rea Da Brady/Francie,Narrator
Fiona Shaw Mrs. Nugent
Andrew Fullerton Philip
Aisling O'Sullivan Ma Brady
Ian Hart Uncle Alo
Patrick McCabe Jimmy-The-Skite
Sinead O'Connor Our Lady
Ardal O'Hanlon Mr. Purcell

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Susie Figgis Casting
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Lawson Editor
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McCabe Screenwriter
Redmond Morris Producer
Christopher Newman Asst. Director
Anna Packard Art Director
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Morag Ross Makeup
Joss Williams Special Effects
Stephen Woolley Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Butcher Boy
1. Comic Book Credits [2:18]
2. First Wrong Thing [2:02]
3. Pigs! [1:41]
4. Ma to the Garage [1:58]
5. Pig Toll Tax [2:19]
6. Life With Da [3:30]
7. Ma's Home [3:38]
8. Uncle Alo Visits [2:59]
9. Grand Party Ends [2:11]
10. Francie's Travels [2:35]
11. Alien Encounter [:47]
12. Gift Not Received [1:30]
13. He Did It [1:25]
14. Joe to the Rescue [3:19]
15. Reprisals [2:14]
16. What Pigs Do [3:42]
17. Reform School Quintet [3:03]
18. Mind Your Language [:42]
19. Joe's Letter [2:35]
20. Blessed Virgin [5:09]
21. Father Sullivan Floored [1:31]
22. Rosary on the Rocks [3:29]
23. Bonnet Surprise [:07]
24. Francie's Diploma [2:00]
25. Some Hope, Eh, Joe? [2:17]
26. Butcher Boy [2:00]
27. Smack With a Rock [2:53]
28. Another Gift Not Received [2:57]
29. Best Music Man, Played Out [1:36]
30. Joe Didn't Come [4:17]
31. The World Ends [1:40]
32. The Garage [3:37]
33. All Gone [3:41]
34. The Brady Story [2:38]
35. Not Joe [3:32]
36. Our Lady Is Coming [4:14]
37. Mrs. Nugent in Her Place [2:26]
38. On the Lam [2:41]
39. Tidying Up [2:50]
40. Real World [1:49]
41. Souvenir [1:09]
42. End Credits [2:37]

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The Butcher Boy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film, based on an equally brilliant book, is not for someone who is looking for cheery, escapist entertainment. I know a lot of people who disliked this movie due to the fact that it is extremely sad and dark. I read another review of this film one time and it described it as showing what goes on in the mind and soul of someone who has commited murder. In this film the murderer is a tormented young boy. This movie shows this young boys descent into hell, and although it's subject matter is disturbing, it makes you think deeply. It has wonderful music and the actors are terrific, the young boy in particular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a true masterpiece. Place this in the ranks of a Kubrick, Scorsese or Cohen Brothers epic.