Butcher Boy

Directed By: Neil Jordan Starring: Eamonn Owens Stephen Rea

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Hailed coast-to-coast as one of 1998's best films! The director of The Crying Game and Interview with the Vampire crafts this inventive tale of a boy who uses humor, hooliganism and horror to cope with the world around him.Year: 1998 Director: Neil Jordan Starring: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eammon OwernsFormat: DVD MOVIE


Studio Warner
SKU 203380387
UPC 012569585638
UPC 14 00012569585638
Format DVD
Release Date 4/27/2010
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Coming Of Age
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Summary
Summary 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.
Box Office "...An extraordinary piece of cinema....This film gives life to the screen, capturing an era long forgotten..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 09/01/1997 p.108
Rolling Stone "...Haunting and hypnotic....Look for THE BUTCHER BOY to ignite more than a minor blaze..." 04/16/1998 p.89
Sight and Sound "...THE BUTCHER BOY sustains its breakneck pace. It's razor-sharp -- Neil Jordan's best film yet..." 03/01/1998 p.44
USA Today "...The movie is well-crafted and tightly assembled..." 04/03/1998 p.5E
New York Times "...[A] strange, astonishing film....Mr. Jordan creates a riveting mixture of daydream and reality..." 04/03/1998 p.E16
Premiere "...Jordan makes a striking return to his Irish indie roots....Owens is remarkable as a charming little misfit..." 05/01/1998 p.26
Los Angeles Times "...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..." 04/03/1998 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Neil Jordan is a strong, passionate director, and THE BUTCHER BOY is original work..." 04/17/1998 p.31
Entertainment Weekly "[A] wickedly black comic tale...The great movie Stanley Kubrick never got to make." -- Grade: B 02/16/2007 p.64
Neil Jordan
Eamonn Owens
Stephen Rea
Cast & Crew
Adrian Biddle - Cinematographer
Anna Rackard - Art Director
Eamonn Owens - Actor
Elliot Goldenthal, et. al. - Original Music By
Fiona Shaw - Actor
Neil Jordan - Director
Neil Jordan - Screenplay
Neil Jordan - Executive Producer
Pat McCabe - Screenplay
Pat McCabe - Based On Novel By
Redmond Morris - Producer
Sean McGinley - Actor
Stephen Rea - Actor
Tony Lawson - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1997
Catalog ID 58563
UPC 00012569585638
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Over the past few weeks, I have heard The Butcher Boy compared to everything from A Clockwork Orange to The 400 Blows. And, while I suppose there are some superficial similarities, those who are making such comparisons appear to be giving far too much credit to this film. The Butcher Boy works best as a dark comedy and social satire, and is somewhat less successful as a character study of a deeply-troubled young boy whose violent impulses are fed by his unstable environment...There's no debating that Francie is a fascinating individual, or that newcomer Eamonn Owens gives an amazing performance, but this boy doesn't burrow under our skin in the same way that the two girls from Heavenly Creatures (a not entirely dissimilar film) do.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The SF, Horror and Fantasy Film Review
Review With The Butcher Boy, Neil Jordan, the highly acclaimed director of the likes of Mona Lisa (1986), The Crying Game (1992), Michael Collins (1996) and The End of the Affair (1999), dives into tackling Patrick McCabe's celebrated novel about disturbed youth. Jordan (and with McCabe also on script) tackles some difficult themes - the film is a unsettling portrait of a child in an abusive home who becomes increasingly alienated, socially ostracized and eventually locked in an asylum, before the film climaxes in a frightening explosion of violence. But despite the gravity of its thematic matter, The Butcher Boy contrarily manages to be a remarkably cheerful film. Jordan directs with an enormous degree of vibrance and colour and is abetted to a tremendous extent by a wonderfully charismatic and aggressive performance from Eamonn Owens in the central role.
Reviewer Richard Scheib
ReviewRating 9
Product Attributes
Actor Rea,Stephen
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Jay Carr, The Boston Globe Vital and original. A keenly felt, startlingly dark comedy.
Paddy Barrett, Screen International Stark, brilliant, stylistic and intense.
Premiere Darkly funny and hallucinogenic. Neil Jordan's choicest cut of filmmaking yet.

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