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.