Borstal Boy (2002)

Borstal Boy
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 31mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Period, Biopic
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  • Borstal Boy Review
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    This handsome and assured coming-of-age tale, inspired by Brendan Behan's autobiography, is the kind of film you respect like crazy but can't love. Shawn Hatosy as the young Borstal inmate fired by nationalistic Irish politics and inchoate homosexual urges convinces more as a politically beasty Borstal boy. In spite of decent acting all around, this melange of fierce pro-Irish politics, a World War II backdrop, the British boys reformatory that is more resort than prison and the slow-sim

Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Shawn Hatosy Actor Brendan Behan 1 1000001
Danny Dyer Actor Charlie Milwall 1 1000002
Lee Ingleby Actor Dale 1 1000003
Robin Laing Actor Jock 1 1000004
Eva Birthistle Actor Liz Joyce 1 1000005
Michael York Actor Governor Joyce 1 1000006
Peter Sheridan Director n/a 2 2000001
Pay Moylan Producer n/a 3 3000001
Arthur Lappin Producer n/a 3 3000002
Jim Sheridan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Nye Heron Executive Producer n/a 174 3000004
Judy Counihan Co-Producer n/a 170 3000005
Nye Heron Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Peter Sheridan Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Brendan Behan Source Material (from novel) ("Borstal Boy") 120793 4000003
Paul Myler Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Andrew Hegarty Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Ciaran Tanham Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Stephen O'Connell Editor n/a 172 7000001
Stephen McKeon Music n/a 120781 8000001
Crispian Sallis Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Michael Higgins Art Director n/a 183 9000002
Maureen Hughes Casting n/a 179 10000001
Marie Tierney Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Phillipe Faujas Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Synopsis
The teen years of Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan. At the age of sixteen, while on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the Second World War, he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned by the British. He is sent to a Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders, in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face to face with those he perceived as "the enemy," a confrontation that forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn as Brendan falls for the headmaster's daughter and befriends an ostracized gay student. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to some difficult truths and finds a way to move on.
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