The Butcher Boy (1997) DVD9
Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) is a troubled, but charming twelve-year-old boy growing up in a small Irish town in the 1960s. With an alcoholic dad, Benny (Stephen Rea), a burnt out trumpet player and a neurotic mother, Annie (Aisling O'Sullivan), who's on the verge of a nervous breakdown, Francie hangs out with his best friend, Joe (Alan Boyle), or retreats into his own fantasy world gradually filling up with bug-eyed aliens, communists, occasional nuclear blasts, and visions of the Virgin Mary (Sinйad O'Connor). His favourite, most passionate pastime, however, is irritating Mrs. Nugent (Fiona Shaw), an uppity neighbour , who likened the Bradys to a bunch of pigs. So, Francie and Joe go about terrorising Nugent's nervous and nerdy son, Philip (Andrew Fullerton), when not taunting her. Things get worse when Francie's mother kills herself -- leaving him with his boozed up father- and when Joe soon backs away from Francie's behaviour and befriends Philip. Francie’s anguish leads to more and more agitated and violent behaviour, and things come to a head after he takes a job at the local butchery. Francie finally loses his last contacts with sanity and reality.

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:52:26 | 5.13 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English (Dolby AC3, 6 ch)
Subtitles: English
Genre: Comedy, Drama

Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Sean McGinley, Peter Gowen, Alan Boyle, Andrew Fullerton
Country: USA

• Commentary by: director/co-screenwriter Neil Jordan
• Deleted scenes
• Theatrical trailer

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