The Brylcreem Boys
|The Brylcreem Boys|
|Directed by||Terence Ryan|
|Produced by||Gabriel Byrne, Jamie Brown|
|Written by||Jamie Brown, Terence Ryan|
John Gordon Sinclair
|Music by||Richard Hartley|
|Edited by||Emma E. Hickox|
|Distributed by||Guerilla Films|
|Country||Isle of Man|
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Room, Adrian (1983). Dictionary of trade name origins. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7102-0174-4.
- Nichols, Peter M. (1998-03-13). "Home Video; Olden Goldies Burnished Up". Movies (New York Times). Retrieved 2012-01-27.
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