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Just A Boy's Game

  • 1979
  • UK
  • 75 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John MacKenzie
  • Cast: Gregor Fisher, Frankie Miller, Ken Hutchison.
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Caught up in the same perpetual cycle of violence that consumed his grandfather and caused his father's death, shipyard worker Jake McQuillan (a superb, intense performance by rock singer Frankie Miller) finds himself spiralling into his inevitable inheritance, isolated and entangled in his own hard man reputation. McDougall's brilliantly nihilistic script is a dark, dangerous and poignant affair, the potential of which is realised to the full by Mackenzie's expert direction. 'Part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival'.

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EIFF 2009 - Peter McDougall and John Mackenzie

11 Jun 2009

Poor, white, Protestant and on the run from Greenock’s shipyards, Peter McDougall may not have possessed the background to execute the first two Reithian tenets of public service and probity, but he certainly knew about universality. The mythology goes…

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