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The Butcher Boy (2007)

Sinead O'Connor , Aisling O'Sullivan , Neil Jordan  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sinead O'Connor, Aisling O'Sullivan, Alan Boyle, Andrew Fullerton, Eamonn Owens
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Writers: Patrick Mc Cabe, Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Neil Jordan, Redmond Morris, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JYW5AK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,128 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Butcher Boy (DVD)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Scarlet Billows in Francie's Bubble September 19, 2000
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There has been a welcome trend in recent years of films that follow the first person narrative of their source novels. Seemingly free of conventional morality they provide the viewer with the resplendent and singular worldview of their often deranged protagonists. The standouts have been Danny Boyle's Trainspotting 1996 from Irvine Welsh's novel and Fight Club 1999 from Chuck Palahniuk's novel. I haven't read Patrick McCabe's The Butcher Boy, but from the film's looney narration its easy to guess that the book was written in first person. In the hands of fellow Irishman Neil Jordan's suprisingly whimsical hands, the film is a hysterical tragedy if there ever was one.
The time is 1960s Ireland. And from the bizzare opening credits where Mack The Knife plays over the comic book images that so completely engulf the world of our young anti-hero, it is clear that this is not a clear eyed picture of Irish life, but Ireland according to Francis Brady (Eamonn Owens). He's quite a scallywag this lad, he marches through the town along side his best friend Joe Purcell as if they owned it. Surrounded by Irish religious hysteria and John Wayne movies the villains in their world are the detestably snobbish and English accented Mrs.Nugent(Fiona Shaw), Aleins and Communists(in that order). According to the adult Francie's franctic narration his Da Brady (Stephen Rea) is "the best musician in the world" and his Ma is certainly the kindest and most loving of mothers. It is indeed a wonderful life, or a wonderful fantasy.
It becomes depressingly clear that Francie's father is a violent alcoholic, his mother a depressed suicidal and most importantly that his friend Joe is embarrassed by him.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece! November 29, 1999
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Slow moving plot? Oh, sure, it would be nice if abused children like Francie wasted no time and got straight to acting on their schizophrenic visions by the time they were, say, two or three years old. But let's face it, you have to be of a certain height to commit such acts, and at three he just would not have been tall enough.
The Butcher Boy is yet another masterpiece by Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan of The Crying Game fame. After seeing the movie four times, I went out to get Patrick Mc Cabe's book, but there were no copies left, so I can't discern which aspects of the movie were solely Jordan's vision and which were the work of Mc Cabe.
However, it is clear that the feeling throughout the movie is the work of Jordan. The surreal, cartoon-like ambience and the dark, macabre humor amount to nothing less than a brilliant way to present such otherwise deeply depressing material. And if it had been presented in an ordinary way, as the story of a disturbed child with frightful, self-absorbed parents who eventually snaps, it might not have amounted to much more than a Lifetime TV movie-and they're a dime a dozen, a commonness guaranteed to dilute the impact of such a tragic tale.
I originally rented the movie for two reasons-because it's Neil Jordan, and to stare at gorgeous Stephen Rea (can't blame me there), possibly the only actor on earth who needs not say a single word to convey volumes of feeling, and whose spoken word is a symphony of sound. The benefit is that I got to see some things the second and third and even fourth times that I never saw the first time through. Like for instance, when Francie's mother is about to hang herself, and she asks Francie if he'd ever let her down.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... October 21, 2002
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Neil Jordan's difficult-to-watch story about the all-too-common effects of violence on children. Francie Brady is growing up in Carney, Ireland, and enters adolence during the Cold War. He watches the mushroom clouds on the telie and hates the Commies. His drunk of a father, a talented musician who works in a slaughter house, beats both Francie and his mother. Francie bullies a school mate and the boy's mother calls him a pig. The audience gets to watch as these influences steadily take hold of Francie's psyche.

Eamon Owens (couldn't have been more than 15 yo when the movie was being filmed) who plays Francie, is so good, it's scary.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrific February 9, 2002
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When will this masterpiece finally be released on DVD? When!? How can 'Monkeybone' be on DVD and not 'Butcher Boy'? This is the best damn 'kid gone psycho' movie since Children of the Corn. Actually, that's a misnomer. This is simply the most provocative, well-written, and well-photographed cold-war parable ever made. Put it out on DVD, Mrs. Nugent, or pay the toll!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. Release on DVD! February 26, 2004
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I hope I don't use the term loosely, and at the risk of hyperbole and excessive adjective use, but this is a great movie. Hilarious and heartbreaking. It's one of the smartest, most fascinating and moving pictures I've seen. I can't think of a better made picture or a more accurate, poignant take on both childhood and dementia. Dark but not black, and neither cynical nor a shallow emotionally manipulating tear-jerker, which may account for this pitch-perfect adaptation never being heard of upon release in theaters. The young man playing the lead is stunning, the other actors excellent, the sets, costumes, and direction dead on. I later took the book out of the library, so blown away was I. This is, to trot out an old word, art.
That being said, release on DVD!
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3.0 out of 5 stars It is OK! Would not watch it again. ...
It is OK! Would not watch it again. Once is enough, but it' about an angry child acting out. Really? We haven't all experienced this at one time or another"
Published 19 days ago by Leo R. Therrien
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine addition to the collection
It's a trip. Comedically dramatic and violent. A must see movie. Fine addition to the collection.
Published 25 days ago by JD Milton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very interesting movie
Published 1 month ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The DVD came quick and was new, as advertised
Published 1 month ago by tommygrand13
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest characters of all time
This is a hilarious coming-of-age-movie, that takes place in the very Catholic Ireland of the early 1960s. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Janine Hannel
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
One of the best movies I have ever seen.
It is in that small group of films that I can view over and over without tiring of it .
Published 4 months ago by Terry Wayne Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive! ! ! !
Perfect in every aspect, the story, the characters. Top class acting, I first saw this movie when I was like 14 years old, and now im glad to own it on dvd.
Published 5 months ago by luis sandoval
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing.. but really well done
Disturbing.. but really well done. I thought the movie stayed relatively true to the book. Francie's character was really well depicted.
Published 5 months ago by Molly Nye
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
really enjoyed it while watching on my ps3
i would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in foreign movies
Published 7 months ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
My mom loves this movie! A bit off, always funny she says. I'll need to watch soon! Too many words required.
Published 13 months ago by Monica
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