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The Butcher Boy

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Original title
The Butcher Boy
Running time
110 min.
Ireland Ireland
Neil Jordan, Patrick McCabe (Novel: Patrick McCabe)
Elliot Goldenthal
Adrian Biddle
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Warner Bros. / Geffen Pictures
Drama | Childhood. Disability
Synopsis / Plot
Francie (Eamonn Owens) and Joe (Alan Boyle) live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father (Stephen Rea) and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When his mother eventually commits suicide and Joe goes off to boarding school, Francie sinks ever deeper into paranoia directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent (Fiona Shaw), a nasty neighbour, and fantasy where he has visions of the Virgin Mary (Sinead O'Connor) After his father dies Fancie's condition worsens, his behaviour becomes more bizarre and erratic culminating in the extremely bloody murder of Mrs. Nugent whom he holds responsible for all the wrongs visited upon him.
1998: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Director, Honourable Mention (Owens)
1998: European Film Awards: Nominated for Best Film & Cinematography
1998: Chicago Film Critics Association: 5 Nom., included Best Picture
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