"Ace Eli and Rodgers of the Skies" (1973) (92 min) (rated PG) Cliff Robertson, Jack Watson, Pamela Franklin, Eric Shea, Rosemary Murphy, Bernadette Peters, Alice Ghostly Dir: Bill Sampson (John Erman) (Cliff Robertson project) -story by: Steven Spielberg -original title: "Where Were You the Night the Baron Was Shot Down?" -after the Irish segments were done in 1969, the film went into storage for several years while financial backing was sought to complete the film. -film debut of Bernadette Peters -In the early 1920s, a stunt pilot barnstorms with his son.
"Alfred the Great" (1968: U.K.) (122 min) David Hemmings, Michael York, Prunella Ransome, Colin Blakely, Julian Glover, Ian McKellen Dir: Clive Donner -Filmed near Loughrea in County Galway and on the River Shannon. Hundreds of locals were hired as extras. -The story of the battles between the invading Vikings and the settled Saxons in 9th-century Britain.
"All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1989) (85 min)(rated G) Burt Reynolds, Loni Anderson, Judith Barsi, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback, Charles Nelson Reilly, Melba Moore Dir: Don Bluth -Filmed in Dublin. -Sequel: "All Dogs Go to Heaven 2" (1996: US - UK) -Animated film about a dog who is returned from heaven to do a good deed.
"Ambush in Leopard Street" (1960: U.K.) (60 min) James Kenney, Michael Brennan, Bruce Seton, Norman Rodway, Jean Harvey, Pauline Delany Dir: J. Henry Piperno -Filmed at Ardmore Studio in Bray. -A veteran thief assembles a gang for one last heist.
"An American Tail" (1986) (81 min) (rated G) Don DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Phillip Glasser, Christopher Plummer, Nehemiah Persoff, Will Ryan, John Finnegan, Cathianne Blore Dir: Don Bluth -Animated film by Sullivan-Bluth & Steven Spielberg -Cost: $9 million **** Box Office: $50 million in the U.S. -Sullivan-Bluth Ireland Studios are in Dublin. -Sequel: "An American Tail: Fievel Goes West" (1991) -A Russian mouse (Fievel) immigrates to NY City in the 1880s.
"Assault Force" (See: "ffolkes")
"An Awfully Big Adventure" (1994) Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Peter Firth, Prunella Scales, Georgina Coates Dir: Mike Newell (director of "Into the West") -filmed entirely in Dublin although the story is set in 1950s Liverpool -based upon a novel by Beryl Bainbridge. -A 17-year old girl becomes an assistant stage manager on a production of "Peter Pan" and falls in love.
"Ballad in Blue" (1964: U.K.) (89 min) Ray Charles, Mary Peach, Tom Bell, Dawn Addams, Piers Bishop, Betty McDonald Dir: Paul Henreid -Filmed at Ardmore while under receivership. -aka: "Blues For Lovers" -Story of Ray Charles and a blind child.
"The Big Red One" (1980) (113 min) (rated PG) Lee Marvin, Robert Carradine, Mark Hamill, Stephane Audran Dir: Samuel Fuller ** Written by: Samuel Fuller -filmed partly in Ireland at Trim Castle and Carton House but filmed mostly in Israel -In WWII, a squad of five men of the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division battle together from North Africa to Czechoslovakia.
"Black Beauty" (1970: UK) (106 min) Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Patrick Mower, Ursula Glas, Peter Lee Lawrence Dir: James Hill -adapted by Wolf Mankowitz from a book by Anna Sewell -filmed in Ireland (Powerscourt & Ardmore Studios) and in Spain -A little girl looks to recover her horse in Victorian England as the horse goes from one hardship to another.
"Black Narcissus" (1946: U.K.) (99 min) Deborah Kerr, Sabu, David Farrar, Jean Simmons, Kathleen Byron, Flora Robson, Esmond Knight Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger -Based upon a novel by Rumer Godden. -Filming done partly in Tipperary and Killarney -Only about 2 minutes of the original print survive. -The flashback scenes were originally censored in the U.S. -Nuns open a hospital/school in a mountainous village in India, and the young Superior, Sister Clodagh from Tipperary flashes back on her former life where she had had an unhappy affair in Ireland when her memories are stirred by a Mr. Dean who lives near the convent and by a love affair between a local prince and a dancer. Unconsciously, other nuns at the convent, especially Sister Ruth, have their suppressed sexual desires activated. Sister Ruth provocatively discards her habit and taunts Sister Clodagh with her reawakened sexuality. After Ruth dies while trying to push Clodagh over a cliff, Clodagh chooses to leave the convent.
"Bloodfist VIII: Trained for Action" (1995) Don Wilson (American kick-boxing champion), J.P. White Dir: Rick Jacobson -filmed at Concorde Anois film studio, located in Tully, County Galway. -Concorde Anois was founded by Producer/Director Roger Corman, producer of "The Pit and the Pendulum" & "The Raven" -A kick-boxing action flick.
"Blue Max" (1965) George Peppard, James Mason, Ursula Andrews, Jeremy Kemp Dir: John Guillermin -Aerial scenes were shot at Weston Aerodome. -The Irish Dept. of Defense allowed several hundred troops to be used in the battle scenes. -The film depicts air battles of WWI over the Somme and the character of the men who flew those planes.
"Blues For Lovers" (See: "Ballad in Blue")
"Brave Heart" (Scotland) (1995) (177 min) Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, James Cosmo, David O'Hara, Angus McFadyen, Peter Henly, James Robinson, Alun Armstrong, Ian Bannen, Sean McGinley, John Kavanagh, Gerald McSorley, Niall O'Brien Dir: Mel Gibson -filmed for the most part in Ireland. -Won academy awards for best film and best director. -1,500 members of Ireland's defence forces were used as extras. -Thirteenth-Century Scottish rebel William Wallace goes to war with English King Edward I.
"Brotherly Love" (See: "Country Dance")
"Casino Royale" (1966) (130 min) David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles, George Raft, Woody Allen, Peter O'Toole, Charles Boyer, William Holden, John Huston, Ursula Andress, Joanna Pettet, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jacqueline Bisset Dir: John Huston (38 min), Val Guest (26 min), Ken Hughes (25 min), Joseph McGrath (26 min), and Robert Parrish (20 min). -Film used five directors, each for a different segment. -Screenplay by Wolf Mankowitz from the novel in which Ian Flemming introduced his character James Bond. -Huston filmed at Glencree and Killeen Castle. -A spoof on James Bond movies.
"Country Dance" (1969: U.K.) (112 min) Peter O'Toole, Susannah York, Michael Craig, Cyril Cusack, Harry Andrews, Judy Cornwell, Brian Blessed Dir: J. Lee Thompson ** Produced by: Robert Emmet Gina -Screenplay by: James Kennaway -aka: "Brotherly Love" -Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. -An eccentric landowner of a mansion in the Highlands of Scotland has more than brotherly-love for his married sister.
"Darling Lili" (1968) (136 min) Julie Andrews, Rock Hudson, Jeremy Kemp, Lance Percival, Jacques Marin, Michael Witney Dir: Blake Edwards -Filmed in part in Dublin at the Hueston Station, the Gaiety Theatre, and Trinity College. -A sexy singer is a German spy who moves in social circles in London in WWI. She falls in love with a British squadron leader.
"Dead Man's Evidence" (1962: U.K.) Jane Griffith, Conrad Phillips Dir: Francis Searle -Filmed in County Dublin and County Wicklow. -A secret agent investigates the death of a frogman who is exposed as a traitor.
"The Devil's Agent" (1963: Irish) McDonald Carey, Peter Van Eyck, Christopher Lee, John Cowley Dir: John Paddy Carstairs -Filmed at Ardmore by Emmet Dalton's production company. -A man becomes a double agent at the U.N.
"Driftwood" (1995) James Spader, Anne Brochet, Barry McGovern Dir: Ronan O'Leary -Written by Ronan O'Leary & Richard Wearing -filmed in March on the Aran Islands -interior shots at Ardmore Studios in Bray. -A mysterious stranger arrives on an island and finds a lonely French woman.
"Educating Rita" (1983: UK) (110 min) (rated PG) Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas Dir: Lewis Gilbert -Based upon Willie Russell's successful play -Exterior Film shot in Dublin, principally at Trinity College -With the closure of Ardmore Studios in Ireland, the studio filming was moved to Paris. -A working class woman finds that education changes her.
"Enter Inspector Duval" (1961: U.K.) Anton Varnell Dir: Max Varnell -Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. -A British thriller set in England.
"Escape" (See: "McKenzie Break")
"Excalibur" (1981: UK) (140 min) (rated PG) Nicol Williamson, Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, Cherie Lunghi, Liam Neeson, Nicholas Clay, Gabriel Byrne, Niall O'Brien, Eamonn Kelly Dir: John Boorman -When made, this was the biggest project ever taken on by the National Film Studio of Ireland at Ardmore. However, financial backing came from the U.S. when Irish investors balked. -filmed at the Norman Cahir Castle, Sugar Loaf Mountain, the bogs of Sally Gap, and the forests of Wicklow. Camelot was erected on the back lot at Ardmore. -based upon history and romanticizing fiction as recounted in Morte d'Arthur by Thomas Malory. -Part of the King Arthur story, which is based upon the Celtic "King Legends".
"Exorcist II: The Heretic" (1977) (110 min) (rated R) Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Ned Beatty Dir: John Boorman -filmed in part at the National Studios at Ardmore. -A priest chases the demon in a little girl.
"The Face of Fu Manchu" (1965: U.K.) (96 min) Christopher Lee, Tsai Chin, Nigel Green, Howard Marion Crawford, James Robertson Justice, Walter Rilla Dir: Don Sharp -Based upon the Fu Manchu novels of Sax Rohmer, whose real name was Arthur Sarsfield Ward. -Filmed at Kenure House in Rush, the Skerries, Kilmainhan Jail, and the Dublin Docks. -The fast-paced thriller was set in China and in the English country. -Emperor Fu Manchu is set on conquering the West.
"The Family" -TV mini-series filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray.
"ffolkes" (1980) (99 min) (rated PG) Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins, Michael Parks, Noah Wylie, Jack Watson, David Hedison, Lea Brodie Dir: Andrew V. McLaglen (son of Actor Victor McLaglen) Screen Writer: Jack Davies -filmed in Galway Bay area aka: "North Sea Hijack" -retitled for tv: "Assault Force" -A team of terrorists seize two off-shore oil platforms, and the British Government brings in a counter-terrorist to thwart their plans for a 25 million pound ransom.
"The First Great Train Robbery" (1979: UK) (111 min)(rated PG) Sean Connery, Lesley Anne Down, Donald Sutherland Dir: Michael Crichton Adapted by Michael Crichton from his own novel. -filmed at the National Film Studio at Ardmore, Georgian mansions in Dublin, and other locations throughout the country of Ireland -In the 19th century, a train on the way to the Crimea is robbed of gold bullion.
"The Flame is Love" (1979) (98 min) Linda Purl, Timothy Dalton, Shane Briant, Richard Johnson Dir: Michael O'Herlihy -adaption of a novel by Barbara Cartland -filmed in Ireland, extensively at Bray's railway station and at Dublin Georgian buildings -At the turn of the century, an American heiress falls in love with a French journalist although she is engaged to an Englishman.
"Fr. Brown" (1960: German) Heinz Ruhman Dir: Helmut Ashley -Filmed on location in Galway and Howth. -film is in the German Language. -The film is based upon a character by novelist G.K. Chesterton.
"Fragments of Isabelle" (1989) Gabrielle Reidy Dir: Ronan O'Leary -used MTM studio in Dublin for six days to film Gabrielle Reidy recreate her stage roll of a survivor of Auschwitz.
"Freedom to Die" (1961) James Maxwell, T.P. McKenna Dir: Frances Searle -Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. -A thriller.
"A Guy Called Caesar" (1962: U.K.) (62 min) Conrad Phillips, George Moon, Phillip O'Flynn, Charles Mitchell, Maureen Toal Dir: Frank Marshall -Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray. -Set in England, a police officer pretends to be a crook so that he can join a gang of thieves for a jewel heist.
"The Hard Way" (1979) (88 min) Patrick McGoohan, Lee Van Cleef, Edna O'Brien, Donal McCann Dir: Michael Dryhurst -An assassin is pressured to take one last assignment.
"Henry V" (1943: U.K.) (136 min) Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Rene Asherton, Leo Genn Dir: Laurence Olivier -filmed in Ireland on the estate of Powerscourt -First film in which the Irish Defense Forces played bit roles, and this was to set a precedent for many other films. -Special Oscar to Olivier. -Adapted from a Shakespeare play where the English and the French are at war in France.
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