The Brylcreem Boys

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The Brylcreem Boys is a lower budget romantic comedy, the title of which refers to a moniker given to British RAF pilots and their use of the hair care product during World War II. Based on a true story, the film details the unique neutrality of Ireland during the war and the unusual circumstances for detention of both allied and German pilots who found themselves on Irish soil.

The curious and liberal POW arrangement permitted the captured men to earn passes to travel into a nearby town and socialize with locals. The film seems to take on an anti-war perspective in showing how a Canadian pilot and a German pilot who shot him down, co-existed peacefully while remaining rivals for the attention of an Irish lass they met in town. Part of the story details how this rivalry continued until such time as some of the prisoners decide to leave permanently. The film then focuses on this decision.

| 1996 | 2 hr 4 min | 6.3/10
Billy Campbell, Chris 'Kit' Ryan, Jean Butler, Gabriel Byrne
Terence Ryan
Produced By
Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Brown
The Brylcreem Boys
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