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The Butcher Boy

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  • DVD
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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Neil Jordan expertly blends fantasy and reality in the saga of Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens), an energetic and imaginative boy whose bleak existence in a small 1960s Ireland town eventually drives him to drastic measures. With his friend Joe (Alan Boyle), Francie escapes into a world of comic books, television, and science fiction films to cope with his mentally ill mom (Aisling O'Sullivan) and alcoholic father (Stephen Rea, who also plays the adult Francie). Tragic circumstances mount, and the chasm between Francie's imaginary life and the drab reality of rural Ireland grows too great, leading to bloody consequences.

    Jordan scripted THE BUTCHER BOY along with the author of the novel, Patrick McCabe, and the result is an unusual and rewarding blend of pitch-black comedy and wry social commentary. Owens, in his screen debut, is an absolute marvel as the lead, strutting through the film with the irrepressible cheek of a Marx brother. Cleverly avoiding a depressing or obvious depiction of Francie's breakdown, the film is a truly original, funny, and horrifying work that will likely gain recognition as a cult classic. Sinad O'Connor appears as the Virgin Mary and also sings the title song.
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    • Rating - language and violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 58563

  • Credits
    Stephen Rea, Sinad O'Connor, Sinead O'Connor, Sean McGinley, Fiona Shaw, Ian Hart, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle, Aisling O'Sullivan
  • Critic Reviews
    "...An extraordinary piece of cinema....This film gives life to the screen, capturing an era long forgotten..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
    Box Office

    "...Haunting and hypnotic....Look for THE BUTCHER BOY to ignite more than a minor blaze..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...THE BUTCHER BOY sustains its breakneck pace. It's razor-sharp -- Neil Jordan's best film yet..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...The movie is well-crafted and tightly assembled..."
    USA Today

    "...[A] strange, astonishing film....Mr. Jordan creates a riveting mixture of daydream and reality..."
    New York Times

    "...Jordan makes a striking return to his Irish indie roots....Owens is remarkable as a charming little misfit..."
    Premiere

    "...Jordan is remarkable in his ability to reveal people's inner lives and the interaction between everyday life and an individual's imagination and driving passion....[A] unique and uniquely challenging film..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Neil Jordan is a strong, passionate director, and THE BUTCHER BOY is original work..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "[A] wickedly black comic tale...The great movie Stanley Kubrick never got to make." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

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