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  • Actors: Kyle Ward, Ian Hart, Sasha Parkinson, Daniel Solazzo
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N774FG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fourteen-year-old Robbie lives in New Brighton across the River Mersey from Liverpool with his mum, Lynda and pain-in-the-neck nine year old sister, Katie. Ever since his dad, Joe, walked out when Robbie was just four years old, Robbie is a boy defined by the absence of a father. Ten years on, Robbie still feels hurt, angry and lost. Despite Lyndas failed relationship with Katies dad, Katie at least gets to see her dad every weekend, a part-time relationship which Robbie covets. All Robbie has ever wanted in life is a dad. Instead, he gets something very different...a son.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2012
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'A Boy Called Dad' is a good little British film, it probably wouldn't have really caught my eye if I stumbled across the trailer, but I'm glad that I decided to give it a go.

It is the story of Robbie (Kyle Ward who is brilliant in his debut role and gives a performance of real honesty and emotion), a 14 year old boy who was left by his father (well played by Ian Hart) as a toddler. After a one night stand with his classmate, in a bus shelter, he becomes a dad himself and is determined to prove that he won't do the same as his father did when he was young. It reminded me a lot of Ken Loach's film classic Kes, if you're a fan of Loach's movies, you will probably enjoy this. Don't miss Crissy Rock's cameo as the chip shop woman, classic!

'A Boy Called Dad' follows the young boy's personal journey from boyhood to fatherhood in this touching and bittersweet movie. It's a fresh idea and one of the best recent British movies that I have seen in the past few years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GregoryOzBoy on 2 Feb. 2012
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This is a movie predominately about father and son relationships and for the most part it's a well told tale. Ian Hart puts in a solid performance but is easily outdone by the young and handsome Kyle Ward. But I must be honest in saying that I was left disappointed at the end of the film as I felt it deserved a more happy and fulfilling ending.....not that I'm into "Hollywood endings". Kyle Ward is actor with a real future, his role in one of the "The Street" - (Series 2) episodes was also very well played. Keep a look out for him.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alex L on 10 Aug. 2010
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Really enjoyed this. Loved the dynamic between Ian Hart and his screen son. Really moving. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys good quality British drama.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fonzy on 22 Nov. 2011
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quite a good film it pulls on the heart strings a little well worth watchingA Boy Called Dad [DVD] [2009]
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Simonkite on 10 Aug. 2010
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A really powerful film that kept me glued to the screen. First class acting and cinematography.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lulah on 9 Aug. 2010
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Caught this at Edinburgh last year. Top film, highly recommend it. Ian Hart is brilliant as ever. Very touching story, you'll enjoy it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Mar. 2012
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For those who praised both the directing and writing of A Boy Called Dad might like to know that Brian Percival (who directed the multi-award winning ITV drama 'Downton Abbey') won a BAFTA along with screenwriter Julie Rutherford. That was a short, About A Girl, in 2001.

This re-teaming in 2009, a small £1million budget and a welcome star name of Ian Hart have produced a modest little gem of a Brit movie, filmed in Liverpool and north Wales. A Boy Called Dad stars 14 y.o. Kyle Ward, a natural and fine performance (though according to IMDB, hasn't been in anything since) from a lad who has a one night stand - and then fatherhood. The mother of the child has little contact with Robbie (Ward) and lives separately.

Enter jack-the-lad Robbie's Dad, a cheeky scouser with a VW pickup. He left Robbie and his mother some years before and says that he had moved to Ireland, when he had in fact, not. Robbie, after some reacquainting and bonding with his Dad, feels rejected and goes off the rails, kidnaps his own son and makes off in a car.

The film does have its moments of action, bursts of anger and a lot of quiet moments of contemplation and emotion. It won't suit everyone, though its very humanity should appeal to us all. It's whether we choose to actually sit down and watch it rather than something more gimmicky and instantly gratifying. It's not a great movie, but a good one.

I watched it on BBC2, when it was shown in the small hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cris on 31 Jan. 2013
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I found this little gem by accident. I assumed it was going to be a run-of-the-mill story of boy from council estate, fathers a child, tries to do well, but fails. This had so much more than this and only a non-American film is prepared to give you the ending you dread! Highly recommended for anyone with a heart!
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