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Films With Ireland as a Setting

"Act Without Words" (1971) Rod Steiger Dir.: Tom Blevins ** Producer: Richard Denypont -The insurance company insuring the equipment being brought in from Britain wanted a premium of 1,000 pounds per week for Belfast but 5,000 pounds per day for Dublin. -Filmed first at Eamonn Andrews Studio, then at Ardmore Studios. -This unusual film has never been finished or released. -Based upon mime work by Samuel Beckett.

"The Adventures" (See: "I See a Dark Stranger")

"Ailsa" (1994) Brendan Coyle, Andrea Irvine, Juliette Gruber, O.Z. Whitehead Dir: Paddy Breathnach **Written and adapted by Joseph O'Connor from his own short story. -Film won first prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. -A Dublin man becomes obsessed with an American woman who moves into a flat under his in an old Georgian house.

"Alive, Alive O" (See: "And No One Could Save Her")

"Alive and Kicking" (1958: UK) (94 min) Estelle Winwood, Sybil Thorndike, Kathleen Harrison, Stanley Holloway, Joyce Carey Dir.: Cyril Frankel -Three senior ladies escape from a rest home to live together on an island near Ireland.

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" (1993) (94 min) (rated G) Gabriel Byrne, Tom Wilkinson, Ciaran Fitzgerald Dir.: Barry Devlin *** Writer: Barry Devlin -filmed in the village of Donoughmore, County Laois -In the 1950s, a nine-year-old alterboy believes he has had a vision of the Blessed Virgin.

"All Our Fault" (See: "Nothing Personal")

"And No One Could Save Her" (1972) Lee Remick, Milo O'Shea, Frank Grimes Dir: Kevin Billington -Earlier Title: "Alive, Alive O" -A wealthy American woman comes to Dublin to search for her missing husband.

"Angel" (See: "Danny Boy")

"Anne Devlin" (1984) Brid Brennan, Bosco Hogan, Ian McElhinney Dir.: Pat Murphy *** Photography by: Thaddeus O'Sullivan -Irish Film Board provide 200,000 punts for the 600,000 punts project -filmed on location in Strokestown, County Roscommon and Kilmainhan Jail -Robert Emmet finds he has a devoted servant. After the 1803 rebellion, Devlin is put under pressure by the British to inform but she resists.

"Another Shore" (1948: U.K.) Robert Beatty, Moira Lister, Stanley Holloway Dir: Charles Crichton -Based upon a novel by Kenneth Reddin -Dubliner Gulliver Shiels dreams of getting away to the South Pacific. When he has been out-of-work for eighteen months, he meets Jennifer Stockley, who becomes determined to reset his dream on a more conventional lifestyle of work and marriage.

"Arrah-na-Pogue" (1912: U.S.) Jack P. McGowan, Robert Vignola Dir.: Sidney Olcott - music composed by: Walter Cleveland Simon

"Ascendancy" (1983: U.K.) Julie Covington Dir.: Edward Bennett -A film about the Unionists of Northern Ireland. -Connie, the daughter of a Unionist employer, mourns the loss of her brother in WWI while events around her in Ireland add to her discomfort.

"At a Dublin Inn" (1951) Joseph O'Connor, Valentine Dyall, Agnes Barnhill Dir: Desmond Leslie -An ex-convict helps a blackmailed young woman.

"Attracta" (1982) (feature length) Wendy Hiller, Kate Thompson, John Kavanagh, Deirdre Donnelly Dir: Kieran Hickey **adapted by William Trevor -based upon a short story by William Trevor -photography by Sean Corcoran -Winner of a Drama Award at the Celtic Film and Television Festival in Glasgow -A never-married teacher visits a grave in Belfast of someone who was a victim of violence, and she thinks back on her own experiences.

"Barry Lyndon" (1974) (185 min) (rated PG) Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Hardy Kruger, Gofrey Quigley, Patrick Magee, Marie Kean, Arthur O'Sullivan, Patrick Dawson Dir: Stanley Kubrick -Based upon a novel by William Makepiece Thackeray. -An Irish fellow moves up within the 18th Century British hierarchy.

"Belfast Assassin" (1982:UK) (130 min) (not rated) Derek Thompson, Ray Lonnen Dir: Yorkshire Television, LTD -A British cabinet minister is gunned down in front of his family, and an undercover British agent goes to Belfast to track down the IRA killer.

"Beloved Enemy" (1936: U.S.A.) (90 min) Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Karen Morley, David Niven, Donald Crisp, Henry Stephenson, Jerome Cowan Dir: H. C. Potter -The film has two endings: One where the rebel is shot dead by a former comrade in arms as the rebel gives a speech about peace, and the other where the rebel lives to be reunited with his English sweetheart. -An Irish rebel loves an English woman during treaty negotiations of the Anglo-Irish war of 1916-1922. (Although the names were changed, the characters were the thinly disguised real-life Michael Collins and Mrs. Lavery. The film highlights their mythical relationship.)

"The Big Birthday" (See: "Broth of a Boy")

"The Big Gamble" (1961) (100 min) Stephen Boyd, Juliette Greco, David Wayne, Sybil Thorndike, Philip O'Flynn, Maire Kean Dir.: Richard Fleischer -Script by Irwin Shaw. -Filmed in part in Dublin. -An Irish couple seeks their fortune in the Ivory Coast by opening a carting business.

"The Bishop's Story" (1992) (See: "Budawanny")

"Blarney" (1917) Kathleen Murphy, J.M. Kerrigan Dir.: J.M. Kerrigan

"Blarney" (1938) Jimmy O'Dea, Myrette Morven, Ronald Malcolmson Dir: Harry O'Donovan -A salesman by mistake takes a bag of stolen gems.

"Blown Away" (1994) (121 min) (rated R) Stephen Hopkins, Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Lloyd Bridges, Forest Whitaker, Suzy Amis, John Finn, Stephi Lineburg, Loyd Carlett, Caitlin Clarke, Chris De Oni, Ruben Santiago-Hudson Dir.: Stephen Hopkins -An Irish wacko comes to Boston to blow up a former IRA crony now with the bomb squad.

"Bold Emmet, Ireland's Martyr" (See:"Robert Emmet, Ireland's Martyr")

"Boom Babies" (1986) Aisling Toibin, Andrew Connolly Dir.: Siobhan Twomey (directorial debut) Written by: Siobhan Twomey -produced on a budget of 18,000 punts supplied by the Irish Film Board, RTE, and Irish businessman -The lives of two young people from opposite sides of Dublin City are contrasted when they meet after his friends steal her car on Dollymount Beach.

"The Boy from Mercury" Tom Courtenay, Rita Tushingham, James Hickey, Hugh O'Connor Dir: Martin Duffy *** Written by: Martin Duffy -In 1960, an eight-year-old Dublin boy seeks Mercurian assistance when his friend is bullied.

"The Boxer" (1997) (114 min) (rated R) Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox, Kenneth Craham, Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley Dir: Jim Sheridan ** Boxing Consultant: Barry McGuigan -After spending 14 years in prison for IRA activities, Danny Flynn attempts to find his old life: his Belfast home, his boxing career and the woman he still loves.

"Boyd's Shop" (1957) (~60 min) Geoffrey Golden, Eileen Crowe, Aideen O'Kelley Dir.: Henry Cass ** Produced by Emmet Dalton. -Based upon an Abbey Theatre play by George Sheils. -Outdoor scenes filmed near Enniskerry and indoor scenes in a studio in England.

"Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) (128 min) (rated R) Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits Dir.: Francis Ford Coppola -Bram Stoker wrote the story in Dublin. -Lavish rendition of Bram Stoker's story of Dracula.

"Broken Harvest" (1994) (101 min) Colin Lane, Niall O'Brien, Marian Quinn, Darren McHugh, Joy Florish, Joe Jeffers, Pete O'Reilly, Michael Crowley Dir.: Maurice O'Callaghan ** Screenplay by Maurice Callaghan and Kate O'Callaghan (brother and sister) -A poor wheat harvest in Ireland in the early 1950s heighten a family's financial problems. In this setting, two men who had fought on opposite sides in the Irish Civil War continue to feud, influencing the thoughts of the anti-treaty man's son as he matures into manhood in the 1980s.

"Broth of a Boy" (1959: UK) (77 min) Barry Fitzgerald, Tony Wright, June Thorburn, Harry Brogan, Marie Kean, Dermot Kelly Dir.: George Pollock -original title: "The Big Birthday" -The last film performance of Barry Fitzgerald. -A British TV scout finds the oldest man in the world in Ireland and tries to get him onto his TV show.

"The Brylcreem Boys" (1996: U.S./U.K.) (106 min) (rated PG-13) Gabriel Byrne, Jean Butler, Bill Campbell, William McNamara, Angus MacFadyen, John Gordon Sinclair, Oliver Tobias, Joe McGann, Hal Fowler, Marc Sinden, Marek Vasut, Rupert Wickham, Peter Woodward Dir: Terence Ryan -Screenplay by Terence Ryan, Jamie Brown & Susan Morrall -Choreography by Jean Butler (of Riverdance) -During WWII, Ireland imprisons any foreign soldiers found on its soil in an effort to remain neutral. The Irish allow the Allied prisoners to mix with the German prisoners on day passes where the men are on their honor not to escape. Both the German Government and the Allied Command have agreed to return any prisoner who escapes when on a day pass because both powers want to curry Irish favor in regards to Ireland's ports. When a German officer and an Allied officer fall in love with the same Irish woman, a conflict of a different sort arises.

"Budawanny" (1986: Ireland) Donal McCann, Margaret Fegan Dir.: Bob Quinn -low budget film that Quinn would later re-release as "The Bishop's Story" -Filmed in black and white at Clare Island, County Mayo, and had its first showing in Galway. -Adapted from a novel by Fr. Padraic Standuin entitled, Suil Le Breith. Fr. Standuin is a Connemarra priest -An elderly bishop recalls an affair he had had with a woman when he was a young priest in Ireland. After the young woman became pregnant, she left the island and he was sent to the 'foreign missions' where he retells his story to a fellow-exile, an alcoholic and pedophiliac priest.

"Bunny Blarneyed" (1929) Johnny Bunny Dir.: Larry Trimble -A fellow gets the consent of his sweetheart's father by hanging him over the Blarney Stone.

"The Butcher Boy" (1997) (rated R) Stephen Rea, Sinead O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson Dir.: Neil Jordan -Growing up within a troubled family in the early 1960s in a small town in Ireland, a boy descends into madness.

"The Byeways of Fate" (1917) Nora Clancy Dir: J.M. Kerrigan

"Cal" (1984: UK) (102 min) (rated R) Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh, Ray McAnally, Tom Hickey Dir.: Pat O'Connor (his first feature film) Screenplay by Bernard MacLaverty adapted from his own novel. -O'Connor was an ex-director of RTE -In March 1984, O'Connor had won the BAFTA award for his direction of the RTE/BBC co-production "The Ballroom of Romance" (named best TV drama in England) -filmed in County Kildare and County Wicklow -Helen Mirren received Best Actress Award at Cannes Film Festival -A young Irish Catholic man in Belfast joins the IRA and falls in love with the widow of a policeman who had been killed by the IRA.

"Captain Boycott" (1947: U.K.) (92 min) Stewart Granger, Cecil Parker, Kathleen Ryan, Alistair Sims, Noel Purcell, Mervyn Johns, Robert Donat, Joe Linnane Dir.: Frank Launder * Producers:Frank Launder & Sidney Gilbert -Based upon a novel by Philip Rooney. -A unit of the Irish Army acts in the film. -Filmed in Counties Wicklow, Westmeath and Mayo. -In 1880 a wealthy landowner threatens his tenants with evictions, and farmers in the area stand up to him by encouraging the community to shun him. However, when violence is unleased by the community, it proves self-defeating.

"Captain Lightfoot" (1955: U.S) (91 min) Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Finlay Currie, Kathleen Ryan, Denis O'Dea Dir: Douglas Sirk -The film takes certain liberties with history. -Filmed in County Dublin, Louth, Meath, and Wicklow. -Film is about a 19th-century rebellion in Ireland and its leader.

"Catholics" (1973) (78 min) Trevor Howard, Cyril Cusack, Raf Vallone, Martin Sheen, Andrew Keir, Michael Gambon, Leon Vitale Dir.: Jack Gold *** Writer: Brian Moore -made for TV movie based upon a novel by Brian Moore -Video Title: "The Conflict" -On an island off the coast of Ireland, an order of monks defy the Vatican and retain the Tridentine Mass.

"Children in the Crossfire" (1984) (104 min) Charles Haid, Karen Valentine, Julia Duffy, David Hoffman Dir.: George Schaefer -Kids from Belfast, Catholics and Protestants, come to the United States for a summer. A sequel to "A War of Children".

"A Child's Voice" T.P. McKenna Dir: Kieran Hickey ** Written by: David Thompson -A ghost story.

"Christmas Morning" (1978) (short film) Godfrey Quigley, Paul Bennett Dir: Tiernan MacBride Music by: Paul Brady -Ireland's entry at the film competition at the Cannes Film Festival. -Visualization of the old Irish ballad "Arthur MacBride"

"Circle of Deceit" (1994:UK) (103 min) Dennis Waterman, Peter Vaughan, Derek Jacob, Clare Higgins Dir: (made for British TV) -An SAS officer, whose wife and child were killed two years ago, is assigned to learn about an arms shipment to Northern Ireland by assuming the identity of a recently deceased IRA soldier.

"Circle of Friends" (1995: Irish-U.S.) (102 min) (rated PG-13) Chris O'Donnell, Minnie Driver, Colin Firth, Saffron Burrows, Geraldine O'Rawe, Mick Lally, John Kavanagh, Tom Hickey Dir: Pat O'Connor -based upon a book by Maeve Binchy -In 1957, a young Irish woman leaves her village for college in Dublin where she falls in love. Her two close girlfriends fall in love as well.

"Clash of the Ash" (1986) (50 min) Liam Heffernan Dir.: Fergus Tighe (directorial debut) -filmed in Fermoy, County Cork -A young man searches for his identity in his small town, which leads to his departure.

"Cleansing Fires" (1918) -a drama

"The Colleen Bawn" (1911: U.S.A.) Brian MacGowan, Sidney Olcott, Agnes Mapes, Alice Hollister, J.P. McGowan, Gene Gauntier, Jack Clark Dir: Sidney Olcott -Filmed in Ireland by a U.S. production company. -Two other films of the same title were produced in 1911. one in Australia and one in the United States by a different film company than Olcott's Kalem. -Based upon the 1860 play of same title by Dion Boucicault, which was possibly the most popular play in Ireland in the 19th century. -See: "The Lily of Killarney," a 1929 adaptation of the same play by Boucicault. -In Ireland, a defrocked priest secretly 'marries' Eily O'Connor, a beautiful young peasant woman, with Hardress Cregan, her family's landlord who is impoverished. While Eily awaits the public announcement of their marriage, Hardress' mother puts pressure on him to marry Anne Chute, a wealthy aristocrat. Although Eily thinks that she is married, she continues a flirtation with her friend Myles na Coppaleen. At one point, Danny Mann, Hardress' half-witted employee, attempts to drown Eily. "The Commitments" (1991: UK-Irish) (118 min) (rated R) Robert Atkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Felim Gormley, Glen Hansard, Dick Massey, Johnny Murphy, Kenneth McCluskey, Andrew Strong, Colm Meaney Dir: Alan Parker *** Story by: Roddy Doyle -Dublin working-class youth form a soul band in the fictional north Dublin suburb of Barrytown.

"The Conflict" (See: "Catholics")

"Conway" (~1913: U.S.) Dir: Sidney Olcott

"Cosc an Gadai" (1953) Dir: Gerald Healy -Featured Abbey Theatre actors.

"The Country Girls" (1983) Sam Neill, Maeve Germaine, Niall Toibin, Jill Doyle, John Kavanagh, Sheila Flitton, Agnes Bernelle Dir: Desmond Davis (director of "Girl With Green Eyes") -The Film Board invested 10% of the film's costs (75,000 punts) and Channel Four also invested. -Two girls rebel against a convent education.

"The Courier" (1988) (85 min) (rated R) Gabriel Byrne, Ian Bannen, Padraig O'Loingsigh, Cait O'Riordain, Patrick Bergin Dir: Frank Deasy & Joe Lee ** Music: Elvis Costello Songs by: U2, The Pogues, and Hothouse Flowers -The first urban gangster feature film set in Ireland. -A former addict in Dublin seeks revenge on the drug dealers who killed his friend.

"The Courtney Affair" (See: "The Courtneys of Curzon Street)

"The Courtneys of Curzon Street (1947: U.K.) (112 min) Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Gladys John, Coral Browne Dir: Herbert Wilcock -AKA: "The Courtney Affair" -A musical that was the top moneymaker in the U.K. in 1947. -A young aristocrat marries the family's Irish maid, and their lives are followed from 1899 to 1945.

"Crime on the Irish Border" (1946) Kieron Moore, Barbara White, Shaun Noble, Breffni O'Rourke Dir: Maurice J. Wilson -Also known as "The Voice Within" -A story about smuggling on the Irish border.

"Criminal Conversations" Dir: Kieran Hickey -Short feature film

"Cross My Heart" (See: "Stone in the Heather")

"Cruiskeen Lawn" (1924) Jimmy O'Dea, Fay Sergaent, Thomas Moran Dir: Norman Whitton *** Scripted by: John McDonagh -produced by Irish Photoplays, Ltd. -A film involving horse-racing.

"Cry of the Innocent" (1980) (93 min) Rod Taylor, Joanna Pettet, Cyril Cusack, Nigel Davenport, Alexander Knox Dir: Michael O'Herlihy *** Story by: Frederick Forsyth -The family of an American man is killed when a plane crashes into a rented house in Ireland after a bomb explodes on-board the plane. The American then sets out to get those responsible.

"The Crying Game" (1992: UK) (112 min) (rated R) Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson, Forest Whitaker, Adrian Dunbar, Jim Broadbent, Ralph Brown, Breffini McKenna, Joe Savino, Birdie Sweeney, Andre Bernard Dir: Neil Jordan -Original Title: "The Soldier's Wife" -Academy Award: Best Original Screenplay -Carnival sequence was shot in Bettystown, County Meath, but the bulk of the film was shot in England. -An IRA man becomes involved with the life of a captive British soldier.

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