The Blue Boy (film)

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The Blue Boy
Written by Paul Murton
Directed by Paul Murton
Starring Emma Thompson
Adrian Dunbar
Theme music composer Philip Appleby
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Kate Swan
Running time 64 minutes
Production company(s) BBC Scotland
Distributor BBC, PBS
Original release
  • July 2, 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 lady 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. It is 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? These two plot strands are never successfully intertwined. And because the production has been shaped as a star turn for Thompson—who's certainly good—the rest of the small cast seems lost and irrelevant." Conversely, Sergio Angelini of the British Film Institute praised "the finesse with which it introduces supernatural elements into an otherwise straightforward-seeming narrative about a couple coping with marital problems".[1]


  1. ^ a b "Blue Boy, The (1994)". BFI Screenonline. British Film Institute. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Tucker, Ken (30 September 1994). "The Blue Boy review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 

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