The Butcher Boy 1998

Neil Jordan
Neil Jordan and Pat McCabe, based on the book by Patrick McCabe
Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Brendan Gleeson
The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.


Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is about Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens), a 12-year-old boy who retreats into a violent fantasy world to escape the reality of his dysfunctional family; as his circumstances worsen, his sanity deteriorates and he begins acting out, with increasing brutality.