The Butcher Boy

The Butcher Boy (1997)

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date: 1997-07-13
  • User Rating: 6.8/10 from 59 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Language: Gaeilge
  • Production Company: Geffen Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director:
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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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  • Eamonn Owens

    as Francie Brady
  • Alan Boyle

    as Joe Purcell
  • Fiona Shaw

    as Mrs. Nugent
  • Andrew Fullerton

    as Phillip Nugent
  • Stephen Rea

    as Da Brady
  • Aisling O'Sullivan

    as Ma Brady
  • Peter Gowen

    as Leddy
  • Sean McGinley

    as Sergeant
  • John Kavanagh

    as Dr. Boyd
  • Rosaleen Linehan

    as Mrs. Canning
  • Anita Reeves

    as Mrs. Coyle
  • Ian Hart

    as Uncle Arlo
  • Sinéad O'Connor

    as Our Lady/Colleen
  • Brendan Gleeson

    as Father Bubbles
  • Milo O’Shea

    as Father Sullivan
  • Niall Buggy

    as Father Dom
  • Ardal O'Hanlon

    as Mr Purcell
  • Tom Hickey

    as Gardener
  • Gina Moxley

    as Mary
  • Joe Pilkington

    as Charlie McGlone
  • Anne O'Neill

    as Mrs McGlone
  • John Olohan

    as Mr Nugent
  • Mikel Murfi

    as Buttsy
  • Brendan Conroy

    as Devlin
  • Jer O'Leary

    as Dublin Man
  • Pat Leavy

    as Dublin Cafe Woman
  • Janet Moran

    as Dublin Shopkeeper
  • Paraic Breathnach

    as Man on Tractor
  • Gregg Fitzgerald

    as Bogman #1
  • John Finegan

    as Bogman #2
  • Gavin Kelty

    as Bogman #3
  • Eoin Chaney

    as Bogman #4
  • Tony Rohr

    as Bogman in Mental Hospital
  • Dermot Healy

    as Bogman in Hospital
  • Sean Hughes

    as Psychiatrist #1
  • Gerard McSorley

    as Psychiatrist #2
  • Birdy Sweeney

    as Man in Well
  • Ronan Wilmot

    as Policeman
  • Pat McCabe

    as Jimmy the Skite
  • Marie Mullen

    as Mrs Thompson
  • Macdara Ó Fátharta

    as Alien Priest
  • Stuart Graham

    as Priest at College
  • Vinnie McCabe

    as Detective
  • Áine McEneaney

    as Girl in Shooting Gallery
  • Siobhan McElvaney

    as Girl in Shooting Gallery
  • Paolo Tullio

    as Mr Caffolla
  • Ciaran Owens

    as Boy in Fountain
  • Shane O'Connor

    as Boy in Fountain
Directing Neil Jordan Director
Writing Neil Jordan Screenplay
Writing Pat McCabe Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Sandy Powell Costume Design
Camera Adrian Biddle Director of Photography
Editing Tony Lawson Editor
Art Anthony Pratt Production Design
Art Anna Rackard Art Direction