Mickybo and Me

"We all need heroes"
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Mickybo and Me is an Irish dramatic comedy movie that was written and directed by Terry Loane. The film is based upon Owen McCafferty's play, Mojo Mickybo. The film was also produced by Mark Huffam and Michael McGeagh for Working Title Films and released by Universal Studios. The cast includes John Joe McNeill, Niall Wright, Julie Walters, Ciaran Hinds, Adrian Dunbar and Gina McKee.

The story takes place in 1970s Belfast during the center of the controversy in Northern Ireland. While the city is divided, for two ten year old boys in vastly different communities are not affected by such divisions.

Micky Boyle, also called Mickybo (played by John Joe McNeill) is an average boy who is always involved in some type of mischievous act. He is rather small, but carries a packing punch with a fast tongue who users foul language regularly. He is desperate for attention as the runt in a large Irish Catholic family. His mother (played by Julie Walters) has her hands full and Mickybo is always trying to get her attention, along with fatherly approval from his dad (played by Adrian Dunbar).

Johnjo (played by Niall Wright) is an only child who regularly receives a great deal of attention from a father (played by Ciaran Hinds) who is guilt ridden. While he has an affair with a local movie house usheress (played by Susan Lynch) his wife (played by Gina McKee) wants to get out of an increasingly failing marriage.

Due to their circumstances and the bullying from some other boys, Mickeybo and Johnjo are brought together. The become fast friends and manage to get involved in a variety of escapades and misadventures. After seeing the rollicking film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the boys are inspired to go on the run, escaping their humdrum lives.

The boys finally leave for Australia, with a gun that Mickeybo had found in a deceased neighbor's home.

| 2005 | 1 hr 36 min | 7.2/10
John Joesph Mcneill, Niall Wright, Julie Walters, Ciarán Hinds
Universal Studios
Terry Loane
Produced By
Mark Huffam, Michael McGeagh
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Also directed by Terry Loane