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Films With Ireland as a Setting

"Paddy" (1970: Irish) (97 min) (rated PG) Des Cave, Milo O'Shea, Dearbhla Molloy, Peggy Cass, Judy Cornwell, Donal LeBlanc, Maureen Toal Dir: Daniel Haller -Based upon a novel by Lee Dunne entitled Goodbye to the Hill. -Filmed on location in Dublin. -Banned in Ireland. -An Irishman from a Dublin slum seduces one woman after another.

"Parnell" (1937: U.S.A.) (115 min) Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Edmund Gwenn, Edna May Oliver, Alan Marshal, Donald Crisp, Billie Burke, Berton Churchill, Donald Meek, Montagu Love, George Zucco Dir: John M. Stahl -Irish politician to the British Parliament of the late 1800s fights for Home Rule, but his career is destroyed by the exposure of his affair with a married woman, Kitty O'Shea. This is the story of Charles Stewart Parnell, who helped the Irish tenant farmers during the landwar of 1879-81 although his later Home Rule campaign is destroyed by his love for a married woman.

"A Passing Shower" (1918) -a comedy

"Patrick - Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle" (1993) (30 min) Dir: Fernando Uribe -Animated cartoon of the capture of St. Patrick, his escape, and return to Ireland.

"Paying the Rent" (1922) Jimmy O'Dea Dir: John McDonagh **Scripted by John McDonagh

"Peg O' My Heart" (1912) -First film version of the play by J. Harley Manners, whose theme was taming the fiery Irish colleen through contact with the English aristocracy.

"Peg O' My Heart" (1922) (85 min) Laurette Taylor, Mahlon Hamilton, Russell Simpson, Ethel Grey Dir: King Vidor -Based upon the play by J. Harley Manners. -Irish girl is sent to live with her English mother's rich relatives in England during the Anglo-Irish War of 1916-1922.

"Peg O' My Heart" (1933) (89 min) Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald, Irene Browne, Juliette Compton, Alan Mowbray Dir: Robert Z. Leonard -remake of 1922 movie of same title. -Peg O'Connell, a motherless Irish girl, attempts to overcome upper-class English snobbery of her mother's family when she inherits $2 million pounds and a condition of the inheritance is that she must live in England with the Chichesters. Peg falls in love with Sir Jerry Markham, who has hidden his social status from her. After learning that the Chichesters are receiving $5,000.00 per year to keep her and that Jerry has been deceiving her, she returns to Ireland. Jerry chases her and asks her to marry him.

"Philadelphia, Here I Come" (1975: Ireland) (95 min) Donal McCann, Des Cave, Siobhan McKenna, David Kelly, Eamonn Morrissey, Liam Redmond, Fidelma Murphy, Eamonn Kelly Dir: John Quested -adapted by Brian Friel from his play of the same title, the play being first staged in 1965. -filming began in 1970, but not screened publicly until 1974 at the Cork Film Festival. -A young man in a village in Donegal on the night before he is to emigrate to America debates with himself on whether he should go or stay.

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945) (110 min) Hurd Hatfield, George Sanders, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore Dir: Albert Lewin -An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. -A man stays young while his portrait ages.

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1974) (130 min) Shane Briant, Nigel Davenport, Charles Aidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Linda Kelsey, Vanessa Howard Dir: Glenn Jordan -An adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play. -A man stays young while his portrait ages.

"Pigs" (1984) James Brennan, George Shane, Maurice O'Donoghue, Liam Halligan, Kwesi Kay, Mary Harper Dir: Cathal Black *** Screenplay by James Brennan Music by: Roger Doyle *** Photography by: Thaddeus O'Sullivan -The Irish Film Board granted 90,500 punts. -The story of squatters sharing the same run-down flat in Dublin.

"Playboy of the Western World" (1962: Irish) (96 min) Siobhan McKenna, Gary Raymond, Elspeth March, Liam Redmond, Niall McGinnis Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst -From the play by John Millington Synge. -Filmed mainly on Inch Strand in County Kerry. -A young man who says he murdered his father finds love with an innkeeper's daughter.

"The Playboys" (1992) (114 min) (rated PG-13) Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright, Milo O'Shea, Alan Devlin, Niamh Cusack, Ian McElhinney, Niall Buggy, Adrian Dunbar Dir: Gillies MacKinnon ***Screenplay by Shane Connaughton -Set in Rehills, County Cavan. -In an Irish town in 1957, an unmarried young woman has a child, and two men vie for her affection: a policeman and a travelling entertainer.

"The Plough and the Stars" (1936: U.S.A.) (78 min) Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Barry Fitzgerald, Una O'Connor, Denis O'Dea, F.J. McCormich, Sara Allgood. Dir: John Ford **Screenplay by: Dudley Nicholls -Based upon a Sean O'Casey's play. -An Irish revolutionary's commitment threatens his marriage. The husband is a commander in the Irish Citizen Army in 1916, and his wife sees him as risking too much in vain.

"The Poacher's Daughter" (1960: Irish) (74 min) Julie Harris, Harry Brogan, Tim Seeley, Marie Kean, Brid Lynch, Noel Magee, Philip O'Flynn, Eddie Golden Dir: George Pollock -Based upon a George Shiels' play called "The New Gossoon". -Renamed later: "Sally's Irish Rogue" -A young woman straightens out her boyfriend who has revolted against his family.

"Poitin" (1978) Cyril Cusack, Niall Toibin, Donal McCann Dir: Bob Quinn ** Written by Colm Bairead and Bob Quinn -Awarded the first annual Film Script Award by the Arts Council -filmed in the Connemara with Irish dialogue and English subtitles -A poitin-maker and his helpers carry-on.

"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (See: "James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man")

"A Prayer for the Dying" (1987: UK) (104 min) (rated R) Mickey Rourke, Alan Bates, Bob Hoskins, Sammi Davis, Liam Neeson, Alison Doody, Christopher Fulford Dir: Mike Hodges -(Hodges and Rourke were dissatisfied with the film as released.) -Based upon a novel by Jack Higgins. -An IRA man tries to escape the organization.

"The Prisoner" (late 1970s) Dir: Tim Booth -music by Gary Moore and Phil Lynott -animated short based upon a poem by W.B. Yeats

"Professor Tim" (1957) (~60 min) Ray McAnally, Maire O'Donnell Dir: Henry Cass ** Produced by Emmet Dalton. -Outdoor scenes filmed near Enniskerry and indoor scenes in a studio in England. -Based upon an Abbey Theatre play by George Sheils.

"The Promise of Barty O'Brien" (1951) Eric Doyle, Eileen Crowe, Harry Brogan, Doirin Ni Mhaidin, Philip O'Flynn, Alfie Byrne Dir: George Freedland **Script by: Frank O'Connor -Alfie Byrne was an actual mayor of Dublin, who was quite popular. -How Marshall Aid was put to use in Ireland. -A young man is determined to become an electrical engineer although his father is opposed to this plan.

"Puck Fair Romance" (1916) J.M. Kerrigan, Kathleen Murphy Dir: J.M. Kerrigan -produced by The Film Company of Ireland

"The Purple Taxi" (1977: France) (107 min) Charlotte Rampling, Fred Astaire, Peter Ustinov, Edward Albert, Philippe Noiret, Agostina Belli Dir: Yves Boisset -A group of foreigners in Ireland interact in peculiar ways.

"Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx" (1970:Irish) (90 min) (rated PG) Gene Wilder, Margot Kidder, Eileen Colgen, Seamus Ford, May Ollis, David Kelly, Martin Crosby Dir: Waris Hussein -Reissued as "Fun Loving". -A fellow follows the horses around Dublin so that he can gather the manure for sale for gardening purposes. He falls in love with an American coed about the time cars start replacing the horses.

"The Quare Fellow" (1962: Irish) (85 min) Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms, Walter Macken, Dermot Kelly, Jack Cunningham, Hilton Edwards, Pauline Delany, Harry Brogan, T.P. McKenna Dir: Arthur Dreifuss -Based upon Brendan Behan's play, which were based upon his own prison experiences. -Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray and at Kilmainhan Jail. -A new prison guard changes his mind about capital punishment.

"A Quiet Day in Belfast" (1974: Can.)(92 min)(unrated but the film has profanity, nudity & violence) Barry Foster, Margot Kidder Dir: Milad Bessada -set in Belfast (but filmed in Dublin) -Adapted from a Canadian stage play. -Although the producers claimed the film was non-partisan and non-political, a hero of the story is a British soldier, who gets killed on a Belfast street by an Irish sniper. -Directed violence spins out of control on a day in Belfast.

"The Quiet Man" (1952: U.S.A.) (153 min) John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Francis Ford, Mildred Natwick, Michaeleen Og Flynn, Eileen Crowe, Jack McGowran, Arthur Shields, Charles Fitzsimons, May Craig Dir: John Ford (real name: John Feeney) -music by Victor Young -Based upon a short story by Maurice Walsh that was expanded into a novel by Richard Llewellyn (writer of "How Green Was My Valley") and written into a screenplay by Frank Nugent and John Nugent. -An Irish-American ex-boxer, Sean Thornton, goes to Ireland to claim his family's ancestral home and falls in love with a local beauty, the sister of Red Will Danaher who is industrializing his farm.

"Rafferty's Rise" (1918) Fred O'Donovan, Kathleen Murphy, Arthur Shields Dir: J.M. Kerrigan -produced by the Irish Film Company of Ireland

"The Railway Station Man" (1992: UK) (93 min) Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, John Lynch, Frank MacCusker, Mark Tandy Dir: Michael Whyte -filmed in Donegal -based upon a novel by Jennifer Johnston -An Irish widow falls in love with an American who is rebuilding the town's railway station.

"Rawhead Rex" (1986: UK-Irish) (89 min) (rated R) David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Niall Toibin, Ronan Wilmot, Sheila Flitton, Derry Power Dir: George Pavlou -Writer Clive Barker adapted his own story for the film but disowned the result. -filmed in County Wicklow -Profanity, nudity & gore. -A demon is unearthed in rural Ireland and wreaks havoc.

"The Real Charlotte" (1988) Jeananne Crowley, Patrick Bergin, Sorcha Cusack, Aiden Grennell Dir: Tony Barry -Filmed at Ardmore Studio in Bray. -Like "The Irish R.M.," the setting was the Irish countryside at the end of the 19th century. -4-part mini-series based on a novel by Sommerville and Ross.

"Reefer and the Model" (1987) Ian McElhinney, Carole Scanlan, Ray McBride, Sean Lawlor Dir: Joe Comerford -Won the Europa Prize of 150,000 pounds at the Barcelona Film Festival. -A trawler captain teams up with others to rob a mobile bank.

"Resurrection Man" (1997: U.K.) (101 min) Stuart Townsend, Geraldine O'Rawe, James Nesbitt, John Hannah, Brenda Fricker Dir: Marc Evans -In Belfast during 1975, a loyalist and his gang, called the Resurrection Men, kill an innocent Catholic man in an especially gruesome manner. An imperfect journalist takes an interest in the story, especially after a second murder victim is found with a slashed throat. More similar murders heighten the media coverage while the Resurrection Man starts to kill his fellow loyalists as well.

"Return to Glenascaul" (1953) Orson Wells Dir: Hilton Edwards (one of the founders of the Gate Theatre in Dublin) ** Screenplay by: Hilton Edwards -A brief ghost story that was nominated for an Academy Award in Hollywood. -(Wells had made his first major stage performance under Edwards in 1931 at the Gate Theatre.) -Exteriors at the Phoenix Park in Dublin and in Milltown. -During a winter's night, a man experiences weird happenings.

"Riders to the Sea" (1935) Sara Allgood, Ria Mooney, Kevin Gutherie, Shelagh Richards Dir: Brian Desmond Hurst -Filmed in Renvyle, County Galway -Based upon a play by John Millington Synge -Story of the traditional Irish fishermen in the West of Ireland.

"Rising of the Moon" (1957: Irish) (81 min) Frank Lawton, Denis O'Dea, Cyril Cusack, Noel Purcell, Maureen Connell, Jimmy O'Dea, Donal Donnelly, Tyrone Power, Maureen Porter Dir: John Ford -aka: "Three Leaves of Shamrock" -Filmed on the west coast of Ireland in Galway and Clare. -Three tales performed by players from the Abbey Theatre in Dublin based upon works of Irish Writers: ("Majesty of the Law," "A Minute's Wait," "1921"). ...........***-"Majesty of the Law": from a story by Frank O'Connor. Noel Purcel The last survivor of an Anglo-Irish family lives alone in his rundown manor. ...........***-"A Minute's Wait": from a one-act play by Michael McHugh -An overextended stay at a country station for a Dublin train brings confusion. ...........***-"1921": from a one-act play by Lady Gregory. Donal Donnelly -The film is about the rescue of an IRA man from jail in 1921.

"Rituals of Memory" (late 1970s or early 1980s) (short film) Dir: Pat Murphy

"Riverdance" (1995) (78 min) Michael Flatley, Jean Butler, Maria Pages, Anuna Dir: John McColgan -Principal Choreographer: Michael Flatley -Irish-traditional dance is given a modern rendition. -Although this film is without a story line, it consists of dance performances that greatly contributed to popularizing Irish culture, including Irish films.

"River of Unrest" (See: "Ourselves Alone")

"Robert Emmet, Ireland's Martyr" (1914: U.S.) Jack Melville, Pat O'Malley, Robert Rivers (Vignola) Dir: Sidney Olcott aka: "Bold Emmet, Ireland's Martyr"

"Rooney" (1958: UK) (88 min) Barry Fitzgerald, John Gregson, Muriel Pavlow, June Thorburn, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, Jack McGowran, Philip O'Flynn, Liam Redmond, Maire Kean, Pauline Delany Dir: George Pollock -Exterior scenes filmed in Dublin. -An Irish sanitation worker befriends an invalid. A blarney comedy.

"Rory O'Moore" (1911: U.S.) Gene Gauntier, Jack P. McGowan, Sidney Olcott Dir: Sidney Olcott -Featured the 1798 Rebellion, especially Rory O'Moore, who was a romantic figure in the later style of Robert Emmet. -An Irish rebel is captured and sentenced to death, but he escapes with the help of a priest to sail to America with his love.

"Rosaleen Dhu" (1919) William Powell, Kitty Hart Dir: William Powell -filmed mainly in the Bray area although the desert scenes were shot in Arklow. A crossroads dancing scene was filmed in Kilmacanogue. -The film premiered in Mac's, a cinema located in an old Turkish Bath in Bray, and then was shown throughout Ireland. -An American company offered $2,000.00 for this film. -Nothing of William Powell's works have survived to the present. -A Fenian is exiled from Ireland and joins the Foreign Legion. He then meets and marries an Algerian woman who he finds out later is an heiress to a large Irish estate.

"Run of the Country" (1995: UK) (109 min) (rated R) Albert Finney, Matt Keeslar, Victoria Smurfit, Anthony Brophy Dir: Peter Yates -Based upon a novel by Shane Connaughton entitled A Border Station. -In County Cavan, a young man loses his mother and must come to terms with his relationship with his father while he deals with his first love.

"The Running Man" (1962: U.K.) (103 min) Laurence Harvey, Lee Remick, Alan Bates, Eddie Byrne, Noel Purcell, Joe Lynch, Felix Aylmer, Eleanor Summerfield, Allen Cuthbertson Dir: Carol Reed -Interiors filmed at Ardmore Studios and some exteriors at Bray. Other exteriors filmed in Spain. -A husband is presumed to have died in an aircrash, but he is really in hiding to work an insurance scam. He leaves Ireland for Spain but runs into the insurance man who has fallen in love with his "widow" while he follows her.

"Ryan's Daughter" (1970:UK) (192 min) Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Sarah Miles, John Mills, Christopher Jones, Leo McKern, Barry Fostor, Marie Kean, Arthur O'Sullivan, Des Keogh, Niall Toibin, Emmet Bergin Dir: David Lean (director of "Dr. Zhivago, Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Lawrence of Arabia") Writer: Robert Bolt -filmed mainly on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry -Film won an Oscar for camera work that shows Ireland, including a dramatic scene where guns are landed from a ship on a rocky, windswept shore for the Anglo-Irish War of 1916-1922. Mills won an Oscar for his portrayal of a crippled mute. -Just after the 1916 rising, a married woman in Ireland desires a British military officer rather than her schoolteacher husband in a coastal village on the west coast of Ireland.

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