Borstal Boy (film)

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Borstal Boy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Sheridan
Produced byJim Sheridan
Pat Moylan
Screenplay byPeter Sheridan
Nye Heron
Based onBorstal Boy
by Brendan Behan
StarringShawn Hatosy
Danny Dyer
Lee Ingleby
Michael York
Music byStephen McKeon
CinematographyCiarán Tanham
Edited byStephen O'Connell
Distributed byStrand Releasing
Release date
  • 1 March 2000 (2000-03-01)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$87,400

Borstal Boy is a 2000 romantic drama film directed by Peter Sheridan, based on the 1958 autobiographical novel of the same name by Brendan Behan.


In 1941, 16-year-old IRA volunteer Brendan Behan (Shawn Hatosy) 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 regarded as his enemies, a confrontation that reveals a deep inner conflict in the young Brendan and forces a self-examination that is both traumatic and revealing. Events take an unexpected turn and Brendan is thrown into a complete spin. In the emotional vortex, he finally faces up to the truth.


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