Movies

Browse by Title
Browse by Release Date

Song for a Raggy Boy

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Drama, Drama
Release Date:January 1, 2002
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin, Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin, Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin, Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin, Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin
Director:Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh
Writer:Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh, Aisling Walsh

Description: A teacher takes on the corrupt leadership of an Irish reform school in this drama based on a true story. William Franklin (Aidan Quinn) is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a school for wayward boys run by Brother John Iain Glen, who is a firm believer in strong discipline. But Franklin comes to believe the students are being treated with excessive force, with many of the children severely punished for trivial violations of the rules, and some treated as delinquents for the crime of not having parents. As Franklin campaigns for more humane treatment of his charges, he makes a powerful enemy in Brother John, who responds to Franklin's reform efforts with greater vehemence against the students, in particular Mercier (John Travers), an inquisitive child who has become a favorite of Franklin. Franklin's distrust of Brother John's regime reaches a high point when a new student informs him that he was sexually assaulted by one of the clerics. Song for a Raggy Boy was adapted from the memoir by Patrick Galvin, who also helped adapt his story for the screen.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Movie summaries and listings powered by Cinema-Source

highlights

7 Tips to Childproof Your Smartphone
Before you hand over your smartphone or tablet, follow these childproofing tips to help keep both your child and your device safe.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

11 Survival Tips for Summer Boredom
When the kids are home all day, every day, summer boredom strikes hard and fast. Learn the best summer boredom busters for children of all ages.

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks