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Butcher Boy, The (1997)
25. Apr 2002 at 17:12
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Directed by Neil Jordan (Irish)
Based on the novel by Patrick McCabe
Boy actors : Eamon Owens (lead), Alan Boyle, several others.

This is a fascinating and surreal film about a child's descent into madness. The lead character is played brilliantly by Eamon Owens, who was about 13 or 14 in the film. I have not seen him in anything else (although I think he's had some lower-profile roles since then), but his performance in this film is quite amazing. (Incidentally, Eamon's younger brother, Ciaran Owens, plays the lead in Angela's Ashes.)

The film tells the often-disturbing story of an Irish boy who escapes the hardships of his everyday life by reclining more and more into his imagination. His fantasies, however, go way beyond the usual games boys play to amuse themselves. Reminiscent of <i>The Good Son</i>, though more interesting and without the usual Hollywood formula.

Although some will probably find it offensive or disturbing, this is one of my favourite films. Stephen Rea’s performance as the boy’s trumpet-playing, alcoholic father is magnificent. Overall, it’s a very powerful film, brilliantly directed by Neil Jordan and dealing with some fairly heavy topics.

Unfortunately, the cutest boy in the film is not the lead character (in my humble opinion). The protagonist's (younger?) best friend, played by Alan Boyle, is adorable and we do see a lot of him, even if he is not the main character. There are several other boys in the film playing smaller roles.

(See Star Galaxy for lots of pics.)


(EDIT: I just fixed some spelling mistakes and typos.)

(Edited by josephk at 8:33 pm on Nov. 18, 2002)
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Re: Butcher Boy, The (1997)
Reply #1 - 14. Aug 2012 at 05:24
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I agree with Josephk that it was a good film. I have watched it more than once and still enjoyed it.
Eamon Owens has played in many roles listed below.


Perfect Day   
Owen

2008 Dorothy Mills 
Kurt

2006 Studs 
Virgil

2005 Breakfast on Pluto   
Jackie Timlin

2005 The Family Tree   (short)
Tom

2004 The Big Bow Wow  (TV series)
Peadar Johnstone
– Episode #1.1   (2004) … Peadar Johnstone

2004 Right Now Ladies and Gents  (short)
Billy

2003 The Boys from County Clare 
Pat

2003 Dead Bodies   
Billy

2003 LSD '73!  (short)
Dr. X

2003 Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor (TV movie)
Sergeant Smithson

2002 The Magdalene Sisters
Eamonn

2001 The Seventh Stream (TV movie)
Fisherman #2

2000 The Terms (short)
Edward

2000 The Fitz   (TV series)
Joe
– DNA (2000) … Joe

2000 St. Patrick: The Irish Legend (TV movie)
Benignus

1999 Angela's Ashes   
Quasimodo

1998 Amongst Women  (TV mini-series)
Michael aged twelve

1998 The General   
Young Martin Cahill

1997 The Butcher Boy   
Francie Brady




  
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Reply #2 - 05. Sep 2012 at 23:16
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There is a American film caleed Butcher Boy, I wonder if it is a remake of this movie?
  
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Reply #3 - 05. Sep 2012 at 23:19
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There is a American film called Butcher Boy, I wonder if it is a remake of this movie?

  
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Re: Butcher Boy, The (1997)
Reply #4 - 06. Sep 2012 at 08:37
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Smiley I have the DVD of this movie which I saw some months ago. I liked the play of Ciaran OWENS and my movie rating is 7/10.

  
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