Irish Movie Listing

I've always loved Irish history and culture - on our trips to Ireland we've enjoyed seeing the beautiful lands which served as backdrops to these fine movies. Of course, we had to dodge the many fake tourist traps along the way! "The Field" pub. "The Quiet Man" Inn. Ah well ...

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The Fantasist: 1986. Christopher Cazenove stars in this movie about a psychotic killer who lures his victims over the phone. His latest victim is a country woman in Dublin.

Far and Away (1991) 140m.
Starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, a typical 'strive against all odds' romance story. The young farmer and his landlord's daughter start out in a small village in Kerry (looks like it's near Dingle). They both run away, sailing to America to gain some land. The Left Bank of Dublin at Temple Bar was transformed into 19th Century Boston, where they live amidst other Irish immigrants and get both support and degradation from them. Eventually they get out to the great land run in the midwest. Only a small portion of the movie takes place in Ireland, but you get a good glimpse of the difference between a small village and the life of the landlords. It's also interesting to hear again of the 'importance of the land', and to see how Irish treated their own in a day when Irish were looked down upon by other Americans. Of course, the most amusing part is the appearance of Colm Meaney; it seems either he or a Colm-lookalike is in every Irish movie we see.

The Field (1991)
Directed by Jim Sheridan, this story has Richard Harris as a stubborn farmer fighting to keep his land from "The American", Tom Berringer. The farmer's son is played by Sean Bean, who became famous playing Boromir in Lord of the Rings. Adapted from a play, there is a lot of interpersonal drama - nobody is 'good' or 'bad'. It contains a lot of comment on the famine. It's set in dark hills by the water: Leenane in the northwest of Galway, at the head of Killary Harbour. Even the homes are gritty and earthy. A true classic.

The Fighting O'Flynn (1949)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is a young gallant lad helping to fight off Napoleon's attack in the 1800s. Note: While this is the "back cover info", I've also been told that the Irish begged Napoleon for assistance in kicking the English out, so that actually to prevent him coming in was preventing an ally of Ireland from coming to rescue them. Everything has a bias!

Finnegan's Wake (1965)
This Joyce classic is well done; a Dublin man envisions his own wake and how it would progress.

Four Days in July (1984)
This comedy has two couples (one Protestant, one Catholic) who meet in a Belfast maternity ward. Quite funny movie.

Frankie Starlight (1995)
Gabriel Byrne, Matt Dillon. A dwarf grows up in Ireland in love with astronomy, and lives a life confused by love, his mother's loves, and life.

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