Boy A

They took his name so he could have a future.

Boy A
This British drama takes a look at the attempted re-integration into society of a young man, who, as a child, committed murder. After his partner in crime died in jail, he was put up for parole. In order to give him a chance, he was given a new identity in a new home. He settled in well, even getting a girlfriend, before some inopportune publicity saw his cover blown. He goes on the run, seeking to once again start over, while his desperate parole officer does his best to track him down and salvage the situation.

105 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Sex, Violence).
Crime, Drama, Romance, On the art circuit
Sometimes I feel closer to you than to my own son...
Sometimes I feel closer to you than to my own son...


Jack Burridge, Peter Mullan, Alfie Owen, Katie Lyons
John Crowley
ScreenplayMark O'Rowe, from the novel by Jonathan Trigell
MusicPaddy Cunneen
CinematographyRob Hardy
EditingLucia Zucchetti
Sound formatsDolby Digital
Made in2007
Produced byCuba Pictures

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Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
Die Burger
Laetitia Pople
Cape Times
Michael Sragow
The Citizen
David Jenkin quote iconBoy A stands head and shoulders above the mindless Hollywood drivel of late. It will leave you pondering for days.
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe film, directed by John Crowley and written by Mark O'Rowe, paints an accurate portrait of working-class life in the north of England, the grimness of the streets contrasting with the beauty of the countryside.
eye Weekly
Liz Clayton quote iconThe landscape of grey England and, indeed, the personal vistas within the characters themselves, offer a worthy invitation into emotional darkness.
22 critics
Rottentomatoes critics
53 critics
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconSmall in scale but large in impact, Boy A's career making performances (particularly that by star Andrew Garfield) and carefully crafted characters defy judgment and aggressively provoke debate.

What the People say

4288 Netizens quote iconGo and see it, you won't regret it.

Average .. 75%



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