The Brylcreem Boys

The Brylcreem Boys is a 1998 romantic comedy film set in Ireland during the Second World War. The film, which stars Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Jean Butler and Gabriel Byrne, was directed and co written by Terence Ryan. The story is set against the extraordinary neutrality arrangements in Ireland during World War II.

The Brylcreem Boys
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Directed byTerence Ryan
Written byJamie Brown, Terence Ryan
Produced byGabriel Byrne, Jamie Brown
StarringBilly Campbell
Angus Macfadyen
Jean Butler
Gabriel Byrne
Joe McGann
John Gordon Sinclair
CinematographyGerry Lively
Edited byEmma E. Hickox
Music byRichard Hartley
Distributed byGuerilla Films
Release date
Running time
124 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget$6 million

The title comes from a popular nickname for the RAF personnel during the period.[1] Not to be confused with the identically titled 1979 BBC2 TV play about RAF Bomber Command.[2]


During World War II, all Allied and Axis service personnel that end up in Ireland are to be interned for the duration of the conflict. Two pilots, one from the Royal Canadian Air Force, Miles Keogh, portrayed by Campbell and one from the Luftwaffe, Rudolph von Stengenbek, portrayed by Macfadyen, both fall in love with a local Irish girl, Mattie Guerin played by Butler. The relationship is further complicated by Byrne, who plays the unceasingly vigilant internment camp commander, Commandant O'Brien.



Although set in Ireland, the film was made on location in the Isle of Man. It was the first major production to use the island since George Formby's No Limit in 1935. The film established the Isle of Man Film Commission.[3]

Casting was by Jo Gilbert.

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  1. ^ Room, Adrian (1983). Dictionary of trade name origins. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-7102-0174-4.
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 December 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2003.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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