The Blue Boy (film)

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The Blue Boy
Written byPaul Murton
Directed byPaul Murton
StarringEmma Thompson
Adrian Dunbar
Theme music composerPhilip Appleby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Kate Swan
Running time64 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Scotland
DistributorBBC, PBS
Original release
  • 2 July 1994 (1994-07-02)

The Blue Boy is a 1994 British television film, starring Emma Thompson. In the story, a couple deal with personal conflict and supernatural happenings while spending the weekend at a secluded loch.


Joe Bonner breaks off his affair with a woman named Beth when his wife, Marie, falls pregnant. To try and fix their marriage, Joe and Marie go to a hotel in rural Scotland. Marie is told about a young boy who drowned in the nearby loch a century ago. While dealing with Joe's infidelity, Marie cannot get the story of the boy out of her mind and frequently sees his image in the lake.


Broadcasting and reception[edit]

The film was first shown on BBC Two on 2 July 1994.[1] In America, it aired on 2 October as part of PBS's Masterpiece Theatre series.[2]

The review in Entertainment Weekly gave the film a C grade, and called it a "slow muddle", saying that it was "frequently impossible to tell why Marie is rattled and teary: Is it because of her husband's philandering or the spectral visions she has of the boy turned blue from the freezing water?" and that the most of the cast "seem[ed] lost and irrelevant" because of the emphasis on Thompson.[2] Conversely, on the British Film Institute website Sergio Angelini praised "the finesse with which it introduces supernatural elements into an otherwise straightforward-seeming narrative about a couple coping with marital problems".[1]


The story of the blue boy, a four-year-old who drowned in nearby Loch Eck, is told about the Coylet Inn at Coylet.[3]


  1. ^ a b Angelini, Sergio. "Blue Boy, The (1994)". Screenonline. British Film Institute. BBC. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Tucker, Ken (30 September 1994). "The Blue Boy review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  3. ^ Mendham, Trevor. "The Coylet Inn". Streenge. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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