Song for a Raggy Boy 2003
1h 34min | Drama | 22 August 2003 (Denmark)
The true story of a single teacher’s courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect’s sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland.
Late last night I was watching Foxtel and I came across Song For A Raggy Boy. This movie shook me so hard that I could cry at the drop of a hat. I have no idea why this movie would rattle me more than most other movies I have seen recently – there are far more graphic and shocking movies than this. But the cruelty of the violence coupled with the students’ passion and hope (as well as the inspiring school teacher) left me to turn off the TV and sit in complete darkness for what felt like hours, literally trembling.
Also, as a result, I shall forever look upon Ian Glen as The Sadist Headmaster Who Thrashed The Kids Senseless. He was almost TOO good in this role. Aidan Quinn, however, has proved himself once again to be a fine actor, worthy of much more acclaim than he has received. He’s not an A-lister, by any means, but he has an art, an impeccably developed craft. He blew me away in Two Of Us and…well, if I wore a hat, i’d take it off to you.
Director: Aisling Walsh
Writers: Aisling Walsh, Kevin Byron Murphy (as Kevin Byron-Murphy)
Stars: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren
Country: Ireland | UK | Denmark | Spain
Release Date: 22 August 2003 (Denmark)
Also Known As: Song for a Raggy Boy
Filming Locations: Ballyvourney, Co. Cork, Ireland
Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
File size : 900 MiB
Duration : 1h 31mn
Overall bit rate : 1 374 Kbps