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The Grass Arena 

The Grass Arena is a biopic based on the autobiography of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend ... See full summary »

Director:

Gillies MacKinnon

Writers:

Frank Deasy, John Healy (autobiography)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... John Healy
Pete Postlethwaite ... The Dipper
Lynsey Baxter ... Madalena
Marian McLoughlin ... Mrs. Healy
Billy Boyle Billy Boyle ... Mr. Healy
Andrew Dicks Andrew Dicks ... Young John Healy
Nick Dawney Nick Dawney ... Young Terry Healy (as Nick Dawnay)
Simon Napper Simon Napper ... Terry Healy
John Garrett John Garrett ... Albert
Brian Hall ... George
Gerard Horan ... The Sham
Clive Russell ... Mac
Louis Mellis Louis Mellis ... Jock
Anna Keaveney Anna Keaveney ... Liverpool Lil
Paddy Joyce Paddy Joyce ... Kelly
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The Grass Arena is a biopic based on the autobiography of John Healy. Raised in an ultra religious family, with an abusive father, young Johnny soon learns that he has to learn to defend himself. He takes up boxing, but soon falls victim to alcoholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics. Things only get worse, until he learns about the game of chess. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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BBC Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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An excellent study of alcoholism and problems encountered in recovery
9 August 2001 | by balfnetSee all my reviews

The film is a very intimate and accurate study of one man's alcoholism.I found it both violent and touching, as an alcoholic, I could Identify with Healy and this film is used extensively to show patients in recovery as it also explores the introduction of drugs to combat alcoholism and their effects in the early days of their introduction. A very thoughtful and excellently acted film, the writer must have had some experience of the effects of alcoholism.


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