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Handsome devil.jpg
Film poster
Directed By
John Butller
Produced By
Rebecca O'Flanagan
Robert Walpole
Claire McCaughley
Sarah Gunn
Narrated By
Fionn O'Shea
Written By
John Butler
Fionn O'Shea
Nicholas Galitzine
Andrew Scott
Cathal Walters
Music By
John McPhillips
Treasure Entertainment
Distributed By
Icon Film Distribution
Release Date
28 April 2017 (United Kingdom)
95 minutes

Handsome Devil is a 2016 Irish comedy-drama film directed by John Butler. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

It centres on an ostracised teenager (Fionn O'Shea) at a rugby-obsessed all boys boarding school in Ireland whose new roommate (Nicholas Galitzine) is the school's new rugby star-player. The two form an unlikely friendship until it is tested by those around them. Handsome Devil has received critical acclaim, winning the award for Best Irish Feature of 2017 from the Dublin Film Critics' Circle; four nominations at the 2018 Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) Awards, including Best Feature Film; and the Best Single Drama Award at the annual Celtic Media Festival in 2018.


  • Fionn O'Shea as Ned Roche
  • Nicholas Galitzine as Conor Masters
  • Andrew Scott as Dan Sherry
  • Moe Dunford as Pascal O'Keeffe
  • Michael McElhatton as Walter Curly
  • Ruairi O'Connor as Weasel
  • Ardal O'Hanlon as Donal Roche
  • Mark Lavery as Wallace
  • Jay Duffy as Victor
  • Jamie Hallahan as Spainer


  • "My Perfect Cousin" by The Undertones
  • "Sucking It Out" by The Shaker Hymn
  • "Thirteen" by Big Star
  • "Desire As" by Prefab Sprout
  • "Think for a Minute" by The Housemartins
  • "It's Yours" by David Kitt
  • "Obscurity Knocks" by Trashcan Sinatras
  • "The Russians Are Coming" by Val Bennett
  • "Go or Go Ahead" by Rufus Wainwright


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 83% based on 42 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Handsome Devil offers a charming, well-acted variation on the coming-of-age story with a few fresh topical twists." Metacritic gives the film a weighted average rating of 60 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".

External links



Handsome Devil Official Trailer