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  • Actors: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Shaun Evans, Siobhan Finneran, Alfie Owen
  • Directors: John Crowley
  • Writers: Jonathan Trigell, Mark O'Rowe
  • Producers: Liza Marshall, Lynn Horsford, Nick Marston, Sue Calverley, Tally Garner
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Miriam Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2008
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B001CDFY6Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boy A" on IMDb

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The story of a young ex-con Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a murder he committed as a child.

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An intriguing tragedy held together by a pair of remarkable performances, Boy A takes hold of a viewer in its opening scene and never lets go. Andrew Garfield plays "Jack Burridge," a name chosen for him by a somewhat mysterious, avuncular fellow called Terry (Peter Mullan). Terry seems to be the only person to have maintained a relationship with Jack during the years the latter was incarcerated for a terrible crime he committed, with another child, as a boy. (Their misdeed is slowly revealed in detail through frequent flashbacks.) This British film, based on a novel by Jonathan Trigell and directed by John Crowley (Intermission), begins with Terry smoothing a path for Jack to re-enter the world with a new identity and fabricated personal history. Taking a delivery job in Manchester, Jack slowly learns about everything he missed while growing up in prison: how to order from a menu, how to be a friend, how to woo a woman. In time, Jack enjoys the esteem of co-workers and love of a compassionate girlfriend, Kelly (Siobhan Finneran). But the more he becomes part of the fabric of his world, the more he risks being exposed as a fraud. A strange, almost alien tension permeates Boy A. A viewer gets crucial information in bits and pieces, and a radical shift in one’s perception of what’s actually going on in the story awaits the audience in the second act. As betrayal and manipulation slowly emerge from behind layers of obfuscation and false assumptions, Boy A takes on an unexpected tone of psychological suspense. Crowley has a way of underscoring a sense of disconnection in seemingly benign scenes with only slight accents, little visual cues that are dreamily exotic but add up to a nightmare. --Tom Keogh

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Andrew Garfield has launched himself as an actor worthy of the BAFTA he won for this performance.
2yoshimi
He gets a job, falls in love and becomes a local hero before the truth of his past identity is maliciously revealed, sending his life into a dramatic plunge.
Kevin Quinley
Boy A is a good movie for anyone who is starting to get caught up in being bad or hanging out with someone who is bad.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kate on October 8, 2008
Format: DVD
Don't worry, I won't give a play-by-play of the story. I will say that it is a thoroughly touching and interesting movie that showcases the life of a young man released from prison for a childhood crime. Watching him start over is pretty remarkable. His social awkwardness coupled with his failure to move on from his haunting past, make the lead character vulnerable and relatable. I can't stress enough how watchable and interesting the concept is and how well-acted the parts are. I hate to be cheesy, but the movie will make you think. It's got a lot of dark psychological themes and well-developed characters. Additionally, it's very fast-paced as well as multi-dimensional in that it covers several facets of human emotion and human life. I honestly think that everyone would be able to take something (not necessarily the same thing) from this movie.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
Format: DVD
BOY A is a film that moves the audience in ways few other films do. Part of this is the subject matter, part the solid drama of the novel by Jonathan Trigell on which Mark O'Rowe based his brilliantly understated screenplay, part the sensitive direction by John Crowley, and in large part is the cast of remarkably fine actors who make this impossibly treacherous story credible.

'Boy A' refers to Eric Wilson (Alfie Owen) who was jailed for a crime with his friend with whom he was associated as a youth. He has been released from prison and under the guidance of his 'parole officer/advisor' Terry (Peter Mullan), the now young adult is renamed Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) to protect him from the public who still remember the heinous crime of which he was convicted: Terry warns Jack to tell no one his real identity. Jack is assigned a new family and finds new friends in this strange world outside prison walls, but he is still haunted by the crime that changed his life. How Jack relates to his first female relationship and survives the bigotry of his classmates and city folk and finds a way to hold onto life despite his childhood 'sins' forms the development of this story.

While the entire cast is excellent, Andrew Garfield's performance as the guilt ridden needy Eric/Jack is exemplary. There are many issues this film deals with in addition to the trauma of starting life over after imprisonment, issues that are universal in nature and that probe our psyches for answers that are never easily resolved here. It is a brilliant little film from the UK. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, October 08
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By 2yoshimi on October 9, 2008
Format: DVD
An incredible film. Never before have I seen and felt such emotional intimacy committed to film before this. Andrew Garfield has launched himself as an actor worthy of the BAFTA he won for this performance. I can't shake this one from my mind since seeing it in a theatre 3 weeks ago. My DVD arrived yesterday along with the book it is based upon. I need to keep it close.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JustJohn on October 3, 2008
Format: DVD
Andrew Garfield's performance is one of the best of recent memory; Just brilliant! Peter Mullan also gives a fine performance. The film is good but it is the acting that makes this a must see.

An original and moving film that, because of the cast, will stay with you for a long time after viewing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. HupFons on November 25, 2008
Format: DVD
BOY A is a gut-wrenching character study of a tormented, young ex-con who struggles to start a new life & break free of the haunting grip of his crime & troubled youth. I will avoid as many specifics about the film as possible because I think, as other reviewers do, that it's best to see it without too much advance knowledge of the plot.

Andrew Garfield is most convincing in his portrayal of BOY A, and Peter Mullan gives another of his fine performances as the case worker who does all in his power to smooth the transition from prison to society for BOY A by helping him to a assume a new identity under a federal relocation program.

NOTE: the strong accents will challenge even the best viewers of UK films; I found the subtitles helpful but not necessary to grasp the compelling, disturbing nature of this emotion-laden story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Powell on February 7, 2011
Format: DVD
So after seeing Andrew Garfield in The Social Network, I've decided to see how well the young man can act & after viewing this charm of a movie I was able to I've come to a conclusion that he is not a bad actor at all. Actually quite enjoyable on screen.

Boy A follows the life of "Jack Burridge" (Beautifully portrayed by Andrew Garfield), which is a mysteriously chosen name from the young man in the movie after he is being secretly released from prison due to a crime he and another boy committed when they were much younger. The amount of footage put in from the earlier times when Jack was a kid was just the right amount. Unlike a movie that would just put the first half hour as someone's childhood, the director wonderfully edited flashbacks into the film and periodically placed them into it to add more questions and build more interest to what the boys did to be incriminated when they were younger. I won't spoil anything for you because the film is fantastic and really offers that question of "Who decides who gets a second chance"? Jack Burridge has a bruised soul yet a very strong heart, but due to his lack of being nurtured properly, he is on a verge of an emotional collapse. While he is "technically" given his second chance, we follow Jack to see whether he will move on with his life or be pulled back into the life he once had, become the boy that he once was again? The film offers most of every emotion there is. Before taking a turn into becoming a psychological suspense, you are given laughter, love, hope, and a point of view of someone trying to adjust to world, tyring to work, have a girlfriend, have friends, but due to a past from his childhood, it may be tougher than expected. I recommend this for everyone, though some will differ on the ending of the film. I hope I've been helpful..

-Cam
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