• Boy A (2008)

Boy A

Release Date: July 23rd, 2008

DVD Release Date: October 7th, 2008

R |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Freed after a lengthy term in a juvenile detention center, convicted child killer Jack Burridge (Andrew Garfield) finds work as a deliveryman and begins dating co-worker Michelle (Katie Lyons). While out on the road one day, the young Englishman notices a distressed child, and, after reuniting the girl with her family, becomes a local celebrity. But, when a local newspaper unearths his past, Jack must cope with the anger of citizens who fear for the safety of their children.

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Peter Mullan, Katie Lyons, Shaun Evans, Jeremy Swift, Anthony Lewis, Alfie Owen, Taylor Doherty

Director: John Crowley

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Cuba Pictures

Keywords: Tense, 1990s, Office, Quest, Dark, Transformation, 2000s, Murder, Rescue

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Jack, as played by Andrew Garfield, comes across as agonized, desperately anxious to get things right -- something you might also say about the filmmakers, who have turned Boy A's very particular story into a scary, universal and wrenching social statement. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Mullen and Garfield anchor the film. Mullen, that splendid Scottish actor ("My Name Is Joe") and Garfield, 24, with his boyish face and friendly grin. show more

  • 90
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Andrew Garfield's phenomenal performance makes room for the many and various pieces of Jack's personality, whether or not they're securely fastened together. show more

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