A Sense of Freedom

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A Sense of Freedom
DVD cover
Directed byJohn Mackenzie
StarringDavid Hayman
Jake D'Arcy
Sean Scanlan
Hector Nicol
Fulton Mackay
Music byFrankie Miller
Rory Gallagher
Release date
  • 17 February 1981 (1981-02-17) (UK)
  • 18 October 1985 (1985-10-18) (US)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

A Sense of Freedom is a 1981 Scottish crime film directed by John Mackenzie for Scottish Television. The film stars David Hayman and featured Jake D'Arcy, Sean Scanlan, Hector Nicol, Alex Norton and Fulton Mackay. It is based on the autobiography of Glasgow gangster Jimmy Boyle, who was reputed to be Scotland's most violent man. Due to non-co-operation by the Scottish Prison Service in allowing a film crew access to their property, Hayman's scenes in prison were filmed in Dublin's Kilmainham Jail.

A harrowing tale of a habitual and brutal criminal. Boyle repeatedly resisted attempts by the Prison Service to dampen his temper. He was brutally assaulted many times by Prison Officers. He also assaulted many staff including a brutal attack causing an officer to lose his eye.

The music is by Frankie Miller and Rory Gallagher.

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