Irish Movie ListingI'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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MThe Magdalene Sisters: 2003. One of the sad truths about Ireland is that it was (and is) very restrictive of its females. Women who were thought to be 'too pretty' or who were raped were sent off to 'laundries' to repent for their sins. Stigmatized and sentenced to a life of hard labor, even those who escaped rarely told of the life there.
Man of Aran: 1934. A documentary of life on the Irish island of Aran.
The Matchmaker: 1997. This great love story stars Janeane Garofalo as an American who is sent to the fictitious town of Ballinagra for her political boss. She ends up in the middle of a matchmaking festival and great fun. It was actually filmed in Roundstone, in County Galway.
Michael Collins: 1996. A true story of the 1920s and 30s, set in Dublin and Radthrum, county Wicklow. This political tale stars Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, Alan Rickman as the IRA leader, and Julia Roberts as Michael's love interest. Michael is in charge of 'mayhem' as Liam tries to talk and ineptly fight the war. Michael does a much better job at guerilla tactics, especially when Liam is off 'negotiating' things. The movie seems to be an anti-English movie, and also strangely enough an anti-IRA movie. The IRA is seen as 'doing what they had to do' until the English grant them statehood, but then the 'good guys' try to work with that statehood while the 'evil guys' keep dissenting, insisting on getting Northern Ireland too.
The Miracle: 1991. Beverly D'Angelo goes to a small Irish village where a lonely teenage boy falls for her.
Miller's Crossing: 1990. Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney. Violent gangster film set in the 1930s.
The Molly Maguires: 1970. Richard Harris, Sean Connery. This movie isn't in Ireland at all, but is about Irish coal workers in pitiful conditions in Pennsylvania in the 1870s. Kids and adults are sent into the ground for long, grueling hours, breathing in coal dust under a candle in their hat. They're docked for all the supplies they use - axes, explosives, everything. They barely survive on their meager income. Strikes had failed, so now a small group is blowing up caves to make their point. Connery is in charge of these "Molly Maguires", while Harris is an undercover agent sent in to ferret them out. Very slow movie, but poignant look at how the Irish had to live.
My Left Foot: 1989. Academy award winner Daniel Day-Lewis is Irish poet Christy Brown who overcame cerebral palsy to become a famous writer. It's a poignant tale - while Christy is growing up, everybody thinks he's a moron because he can't communicate at all. Only his mother has faith in him - his father's an abusive drinker. Finally one day he writes "MOTHER" with his foot and they realize he *is* intelligent. He begins to paint, and has a showing, but still the girls tease him and he's lonely. He falls in love with his caregiver and is hurt when she marries someone else. A touching story of overcoming difficulties.
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