- 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:
Box Office - 09/01/1997
"...An extraordinary piece of cinema....This film gives life to the screen, capturing an era long forgotten..." -- 4 out of 5 stars
Rolling Stone - 04/16/1998
"...Haunting and hypnotic....Look for THE BUTCHER BOY to ignite more than a minor blaze..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/1998
"...THE BUTCHER BOY sustains its breakneck pace. It's razor-sharp -- Neil Jordan's best film yet..."
USA Today - 04/03/1998
"...The movie is well-crafted and tightly assembled..."
New York Times - 04/03/1998
"...[A] strange, astonishing film....Mr. Jordan creates a riveting mixture of daydream and reality..."
Premiere - 05/01/1998
"...Jordan makes a striking return to his Irish indie roots....Owens is remarkable as a charming little misfit..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/03/1998
"...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..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/17/1998
"...Neil Jordan is a strong, passionate director, and THE BUTCHER BOY is original work..."
Entertainment Weekly - 02/16/2007
"[A] wickedly black comic tale...The great movie Stanley Kubrick never got to make." -- Grade: B+
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.
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.
Based On A Novel |
Coming Of Age |