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The Grass Arena 

The Grass Arena is the true story 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 ... See full summary »

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John Healy
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The Dipper
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Madalena
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Mrs. Healy
Billy Boyle ...
Mr. Healy
Andrew Dicks ...
Young John Healy
Nick Dawney ...
Young Terry Healy (as Nick Dawnay)
Simon Napper ...
Terry Healy
John Garrett ...
Albert
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George
Gerard Horan ...
The Sham
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Mac
Louis Mellis ...
Jock
Anna Keaveney ...
Liverpool Lil
Paddy Joyce ...
Kelly
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The Grass Arena is the true story 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 alcholism. His boxing career over, John takes to the Grass Arena (the park) where he lives with other alcoholics. Written by Blair Stannard <stannard@sonetis.com>

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An excellent study of alcoholism and problems encountered in recovery
9 August 2001 | by See 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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