The Brylcreem Boys

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The Brylcreem Boys
The Brylcreem Boys FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Terence Ryan
Produced by Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Brown
Written by Jamie Brown, Terence Ryan
Starring Billy Campbell
Angus Macfadyen
Jean Butler
Gabriel Byrne
Joe McGann
John Gordon Sinclair
Music by Richard Hartley
Cinematography Gerry Lively
Edited by Emma E. Hickox
Distributed by Guerilla Films
Release dates
Running time
124 min.
Country Isle of Man
Language English
Budget $6 mil

The Brylcreem Boys is a 1998 film directed and co-written by Terence Ryan about the extraordinary neutrality arrangements pertaining to Ireland during World War II, by the Éamon de Valera government. The title comes from a popular nickname for the RAF personnel during the period.[1]

Because of Irish neutrality during World War II, any Allied or Axis serviceman on active service found on Irish soil would be interned for the duration of hostilities. They were actually interned in separated sections of the same Curragh Camp in County Kildare.[2]

The film is a romantic comedy with a triangle formed by a Canadian pilot, a German pilot (both interned at the camp under extremely flexible arrangements) and a local woman.[2]

The film stars Billy Campbell and Angus Macfadyen as the two pilots, Jean Butler as the Irish woman they fall in love with and Gabriel Byrne as the internment camp commander Sean O'Brien.[2]

Cast by Jo Gilbert, this was the first movie made on the Isle of Man since George Formby's No Limit in 1936. It was also the film that established the Isle of Man Film Commission.[3]


Billy Campbell [credited as Bill Campbell] as Miles Keogh
Jean Butler as Mattie Guerin
Gabriel Byrne as Commandant O'Brien
Hal Fowler as Bunty Winthrop
Joe McGann as Captain Deegan
Angus Macfadyen as Rudolph von Stegenbek
John Gordon Sinclair as Richard Lewis
Marc Sinden as Senior Allied Officer White
Jérôme Pradon [credited as Jerome Pradon] as Ricard
B.J. Hogg [credited as B J Hogg] as Sean
William McNamara as Sam Gunn
Oliver Tobias as Hans Jorg Wolff
Peter Woodward as Ernst Stossel
Rupert Wickham as Preuss[4]

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  1. ^ Room, Adrian (1983). Dictionary of trade name origins. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7102-0174-4. 
  2. ^ a b c Nichols, Peter M. (1998-03-13). "Home Video; Olden Goldies Burnished Up". Movies (New York Times). Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
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