Borstal Boy Movie Review 2000

Information and Film Reviews for Borstal Boy the Movie

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Irish teen, IRA partisan, (and future writer) Brendan Behan (Hatosy) is caught smuggling dynamite into Britain and sent to reform school, known as a "borstal," in East Anglia in 1939. Naturally, he learns that all Brits aren't the devil incarnate as he befriends gay Cockney sailor Charlie (Millwall) and falls in love with fair-but-tough Warden Joyce's (York) daughter, Liz (Birthistle). Inspired by Behan's 1958 memoirs.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 91 minutes.
Originally from Irish, British.

Cast and Crew

Period Piece: 1930s, Teen Angst, This Is Your Life, Writers, Great Britain, Gays, Coming of Age, Biopics: Writers
Peter Sheridan, Nye Heron
Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eva Birthistle, Michael York, Lee Ingleby, Robin Laing
Ciaran Tanham
Peter Sheridan
Stephen McKeon
Phillipe Faujas, Stephen O'Connell, Michael Higgins, Marie Tierney, Crispian Sallis
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