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Boy A (2007)

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The story of a young Jack, newly released from serving a prison sentence for a violent crime he committed as a child.

Director:

John Crowley

Writers:

Jonathan Trigell (novel), Mark O'Rowe (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Garfield ... Jack Burridge
Peter Mullan ... Terry
Siobhan Finneran ... Kelly
Alfie Owen Alfie Owen ... Eric Wilson
Victoria Brazier Victoria Brazier ... Teacher
Skye Bennett ... Angela
Madeleine Rakic-Platt Madeleine Rakic-Platt ... Schoolgirl
Josef Altin ... Bully
Dudley Brewis Dudley Brewis ... 2nd Bully
Leigh Symonds Leigh Symonds ... Eric's Dad
Maria Gough Maria Gough ... Eric's Mum
Taylor Doherty Taylor Doherty ... Philip Craig
Jeremy Swift ... Dave
Shaun Evans ... Chris
Carlene Hanson Carlene Hanson ... Waitress
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Storyline

A young man is released from prison after many years and given a new identity in a new town. Aided by a supervisor who becomes like a father to him he finds a job and friends and hesitantly starts a relationship with a compassionate girl. But the secret of the heinous crime he committed as a boy weighs down on him, and he learns that it is not so easy to escape your past. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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They took his name so he could have a future. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, some disturbing content and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 2008 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rapaz See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,024, 27 July 2008

Gross USA:

$113,662

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,200,398
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cuba Pictures, Film4 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Andrew Garfield. See more »

Quotes

Michelle: [showing her breasts posing for Jack's photograph] What?
Jack Burridge: [laughing] You're fucking nuts. Carry on. Keep going! Keep going! Keep going!
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Boy A Runs the Gauntlet to Z!
28 July 2016 | by KissEnglishPastoSee all my reviews

.......................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA and ORLANDO, FL

BOY A also gets RIGHT up in your face…literally. This engrossing film treats you to a wide array of emotions and forces you come to grips with some very serious and highly complex issues…. How should society handle a murder when its perpetrators are only 11 or 12 years old?

One of my most cherished and appreciated qualities in any film is just how intensely issues and images from the film continue to ricochet around in your brain… and how prolonged that process ends up being! Primarily based on this key factor, BOY A gets a resounding 10 Stars!

What is hardest for me to comprehend, in relation to this film is, that despite having dominated the BAFTA awards not all that many years back and showing an impressive 7.7 IMDb rating, it seems a sure bet that it has found a relatively limited U.S. audience! Soembody explain that to me…"like I were a six-year-old!" This is hard to watch without tearing up at some moments. Yet, I am convinced that Director John Crowley never strived to that end, it is just that the subject matter is such that it provides quite a number of emotional gut punches!

Owing to Andrew Garfield's recent turn as SPIDERMAN, hearing his name probably would not illicit a knee-jerk, "Wow! What a great dramatic actor!" But here, in a role relatively near the beginning of his On screen career, his portrayal of a 24 year old who is re-released into society after being institutionalized For half of his life is deliciously nuanced and astoundingly impacting! It's really hard to find anything NOT to like with this British masterpiece!

10*....ENJOY!/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!.....KissEnglishPasto@Yahoo.com


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