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The Butcher Boy
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 13, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh77%

Total Count: 61


User Ratings: 6,100
[A] wickedly black comic tale...The great movie Stanley Kubrick never got to make. -- Grade: B+
Entertainment Weekly
Feb 16, 2007
Rating: 5/5 -- A horrific tale of madness and abuse told with pop-eyed color and giddy humor.
Feb 28, 2007
Rating: 4/5 -- The film's horrific conclusion is as uncompromising as it is inevitable and, unfortunately, ever-more topical. Full Review
Film Threat
Dec 6, 2005
Rating: 0/4 -- ...clumsily lurches from one irrelevant, uninteresting episode to the next... Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Jan 26, 2014
...An extraordinary piece of cinema....This film gives life to the screen, capturing an era long forgotten... -- 4 out of 5 stars
Box Office
Sep 1, 1997
...The movie is well-crafted and tightly assembled...
USA Today
Apr 3, 1998
I find myself in an embarrassing position: I think this is a great movie, but I'm not sure.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Aug 7, 2004

Product Description:

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. Sinéad O'Connor appears as the Virgin Mary and also sings the title song.

Plot Synopsis:

THE BUTCHER BOY, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Patrick McCabe's novel, is a bold, brash, and original romp through the life of a troubled young Irish boy.


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  • UPC: 012569585638
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