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The Butcher Boy

Director:Neil Jordan
Writers:Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe
Director of Photography:Adrian Biddle
Editor:Tony Lawson
Music:Elliot Goldenthal
Production Designer:Anthony Pratt
Producers:Redmond Morris and Stephen Woolley
Warner Brothers; R; 106 minutes
Release:4/98
Cast:Eamonn Owens, Fiona Shaw, Aisling O'Sullivan, Stephen Rea, Alan Boyle, Sinead O'Connor and Milo O'Shea.
Based on the novel by Patrick McCabe

A small-town Irish boy's rambunctious nature turns violent in this shocker from filmmaker Neil Jordan (The Crying Game and Michael Collins) Thirteen-year-old Francie Brady (Owens) retreats from his father's (Rea) drunkenness and his mother's (O'Sullivan) depression into a world of manic fantasy that begins with a prank on his nasty neighbor Mrs. Nugent (Shaw) and ends, well, apropos the film's title.