The Butcher Boy (1997)


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1h 46min
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Eamonn Owens
Francie Brady
Alan Boyle
Joe Purcell
Fiona Shaw
Mrs. Nugent
Andrew Fullerton
Phillip Nugent
Rosaleen Linehan
Mrs. Canning
Anita Reeves
Mrs. Coyle
Ian Hart
Uncle Arlo
Sinéad O'Connor
Our Lady/Colleen
Brendan Gleeson
Father Bubbles
Milo O’Shea
Father Sullivan
Niall Buggy
Father Dom
Tom Hickey
Joe Pilkington
Charlie McGlone
Anne O'Neill
Mrs McGlone
John Olohan
Mr Nugent
Jer O'Leary
Dublin Man
Pat Leavy
Dublin Cafe Woman
Paraic Breathnach
Man on Tractor
Gavin Kelty
Bogman #3
Tony Rohr
Bogman in Mental Hospital
Sean Hughes
Psychiatrist #1
Gerard McSorley
Psychiatrist #2
Birdy Sweeney
Man in Well
Pat McCabe
Jimmy the Skite
Marie Mullen
Mrs Thompson
Stuart Graham
Priest at College
Áine McEneaney
Girl in Shooting Gallery
Siobhan McElvaney
Girl in Shooting Gallery
Ciaran Owens
Boy in Fountain


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. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences.

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