Song For A Raggy Boy details
|Starring:||Marc Warren, Aidan Quinn, Dudley Sutton, Marc Warren, Ian Glen|
Song For A Raggy Boy
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||Not currently released|
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A true story which you should not miss!By Jim from Bromsgrove UK , 23 Dec 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Well you only need to see the first ten minutes to decide that William Franklin was a brilliant teacher. Set in 1930?s Ireland Aidan Quinn brilliantly portrays this civil war fighter turned schoolteacher who joins a reform school run by the Catholic Church and its priests.
He soon finds that the majority of the boys cannot read or write and have been locked away in this ?prison school? for minor offences such as truancy and theft or have been abandoned by their parents. Pity these schools cannot be revived in today?s yob culture society of political correctness and if you touch me I?ll sue you. Not saying that I condone what these priests did, there is plenty of sexual & physical abuse in the film something that the Catholic Church has only recently admitted to have gone on within their organisation. But certainly some children ? teenagers these days could do with a spell of national service or have a spell in reform schools like this to teach them some manners and discipline.
Ian Glen plays the brutal bully priest who will give the boys the hiding of their life just for the sake of it and just because he is the prefect, another excellent portrayal of a priest who borders on psychotic beats up children and thinks it?s justified if he says few prayers.
Aisling Walsh directors this wonderful film with some well known faces who all play their part in making this true story even more believable and leaves you angry and wanting justice to be done or just to give the priests a good smack in the mouth.
The boys are all new to acting and judging by their performances some have got long and lucrative careers ahead of them.
A film that somehow got overlooked by the Oscars & Baftas but is a must see!
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greatBy a customer from england , 21 Mar 2006This movie is disturbing in places, dealing with child abuse both sexual and physical beatings, however, stay with it, as the storyline is gripping, it drags you into the movie and you will feel your anger building as the movie progresses. Another great title, as expected by the actor Aidan Quinn. Also, a true story, which certainly makes you think.
SONG FOR A RAGGY BOYBy a customer from London, England , 06 Mar 2006Brilliant film!! - would definitely go out and buy.
o my god.By Lorna from N.I , 18 Feb 2006this film is unexpectd. it's sad bcuz a wee boy gts.... i wasn't expectin that! it really makes u think wat it must av been lyk 4 them. i mean HE WAS A PRIEST!! it's jus nt rite! i dnt trust ne priests now! they're ment 2 no wats rite nt go about doin wat they did!! i cnt go thru this film wifout cryin evry time! i'm jus warnin ya, if i havnt put ya of go ahead an watch it bt U WILL CRY!!
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BeautifulBy a customer from Worcestershire, England , 09 Jan 2006Very emotional tear-jerker. Even my dad was affected by this one. Heart-warming tale, won't give too much except to say if you're offended by scenes of child abuse, skip over that part.
soberingBy nestman from Harrow , 21 Nov 2005A film that is not for the faint-hearted. Very well acted - the atmosphere which was conjured up was one of stifling claustrophobia together with an underlying layer of suspicion and apprehension.
It's a film, which, I believe has been played out ,in the past, in institutions like these.