The Butcher Boy

Synopsis: Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. Unfortunately, one tragedy after another, Francie's world sinks deeper and deeper into paranoia (directed mainly against Mrs. Nugent, a nasty neighbor) and fantasy (where he has visions of the Virgin Mary).
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Neil Jordan
Production: Warner Bros.
  10 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Why you, Francie?


It'd have broken

your poor mother's heart.

I'm sorry, Mr. Leddy.

When I was a young lad,

20 or 30 or 40 years ago...

I lived in a town

where they were all after me...

on account of what I had done

on Mrs. Nugent.

If she hadn't poked her nose in

between me and Joe...

everything would have been all right.

Me Geronimo. Who are you?

Sitting Bull.

Let's do a war cry.

Now look around for white man.

Of all the wrong things I done,

I suppose the apples were the first.

They started all the trouble.

And Francie Brady didn't need

any old snake to give him one.

He robbed them himself.

- Francie!

- Come on, Joe. Come on.

What do you mean, come on?

Come on, it's not that high.

- Don't worry, kemosabe, I got you.

- Oh, f*ck.

Come on, Francie, get a move on.

Come on!

Yeah, all right, Joe.

How many have we got now?

Just keep shaking, Francie.

- I'll shake the living shit out of her, Joe.

- Another 100 and we're right.

- Nugents aren't gonna get the better of us.

- No way, boy.

And who butts in, only Phillip Nugent...

his head full of amazing facts,

like the boiling point of water...

and the number of eyes on a fly head.

Sure, it's yourself, Phillip, isn't it?

Doing a bit of reading, now?

Comics, Francie.

We've got to have them, Joe.

Tell you what, Phillip. We'll swap.

One of your ma's Cox's Pippins

for all of them comics.

It's only fair, Phillip.

Now, Joe, he isn't really that bad.

- What are you doing? Get out!

- Jesus, Francie, it's Mrs. Nugent.

- Run, Joe, run!

- F*ck!

It has got nothing to do

with knowing kids or anything else!

I knew the kind of you lot

long before I went to England.

- Well...

- And I should've had more sense...

than to let my Phillip

near the likes of him.

I mean, not that it's

the poor child's fault.

What do you expect from a house

where the father's never in?

Lying about in pubs

from morning till night.

He's no better than a pig!

It is small wonder

that the boy is the way he is.

What chance has he got,

living in a pigsty?

But if he's seen near my Phillip again,

there'll be trouble. Mark my words.


That's all youse are!

The whole town knows that.


It's that old Mrs. Nugent.

What are we gonna do about her?

I don't know, but be Christ,

I know what I'm going to do with you!

Stop it, Jim. Will you stop it, please?

Well, I don't know if me da

was a pig or not...

but one thing she was right about,

he sure could drink.

He was the best drinker in the town.

and how. Man has realized his dream.

Now he must control it.

What would you do, Joe, if you won

a million billion trillion dollars?

I'd buy a million billion trillion

Flash bars, Francie.

Hey, fish, do you know

what I'm going to tell you?

F*ck off.

Now, fish, what do you think of that?

Hey, come back with my arrow.

Do you know you were only

5 pounds weight...

when you were born, Francie?


what's the chair doing on the table?

You'd never let me down, Francie,

would you?

You know I wouldn't, Ma.

I'm away off up the town now, Francie.

I have to get the baking started

for your Uncle Alo's Christmas party.

You dropped your tablets, Ma.

Dr. Boyd said they'd cure me.

I think they're making me worse.

Come on, Annie.

I'm so sorry.

Well, there you go, Joe.

That's Ma off on her travels, then.

Where is she off to, Francie?

They say she had a breakdown, Joe.

What's a breakdown?

That's when you're took off to the garage,

when the truck comes and tows you away.

I'll tell you,

there's some craic in this town.

There sure is. The garage.

"Hand me down a spanner, eh, Mike? I think

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Neil Jordan

Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish film director, screenwriter and novelist. He won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for The Butcher Boy. more…

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