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1 hr. 33 min.

Plot Summary
Brendan Behan, a 16-year-old Republican, is going on a bombing mission from Ireland to Liverpool during the second World War. His mission is thwarted when he is apprehended, charged and imprisoned in Borstal, a reform institution for young offenders in East Anglia, England. At Borstal, Brendan is forced to live face-to-face with those he perceived as the enemy, a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is revealing.

Cast: Shawn Hatosy , Danny Dyer , Michael York , Lee Ingleby , Robin Laing , Eva Birthistle ,

Director: Peter Sheridan

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Strand Releasing

Borstal Boy (2000)

Release Date: March 1st, 2002|1 hr. 33 min.

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    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is a film that will probably please people already fascinated by Behan but leave everyone else yawning with admiration. show more

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    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film's intimations of bisexual romance have a certain innate drama that no amount of bad acting or cornball rugby matches can completely erase. show more

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    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The film moves briskly enough to be entertaining, but it can't escape the smothering hero worship that Sheridan infuses into every frame. show more

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