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THE IRISH FILM GUIDE

Ireland as a Setting

"Agnes Browne" (1999) Anjelica Huston, Tom Jones, Brendan O'Carroll (in a small cameo appearance) -Dir: Anjelica Huston -film based upon Brendan O'Carroll's book "The Mammy" -A widowed Dublin mother of seven desires to meet sexy singing star Tom Jomes. (Welsh star Tom Jones plays himself.)

"Angela's Ashes" (1999) Joe Breen, Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Shane Corcoran, Ciaran Owens, Michael Legge, Eamonn Owens, Andrew Bennett -Dir: Alan Parker -Writers: Alan Parker, Laura Jones -Based upon the autobiography of Frank McCourt -a boy grows up in the lower-class part of Limerick from 1935 through the late 1940s.

"Dancing at Lughnasa" (1998)(94 minutes)(rated PG) Meryl Streep, Brid Brennan, Michael Gambon, Catherine McCormack, Kathy Burke, Sophie Thompson, Rhys Ifans, Darrell Johnston, Lorcan Cranitch, Peter Gowen, Dawn Bradfield, Marie Mullen, John Kavanagh, Katherine O'Toole -Dir: Pat O'Connor Writer: Frank McGuinness -Based upon a play by Brian Friel. -The life of five Irish sisters living together in the 1930s in a small Irish town.

"The End of the Affair" (1999) Stephen Rea, Julianne Moore, Ralph Fiennes -Dir: Neil Jordan -Two years earlier, a man's wife abruptly ended an affair that she was having with a novelist. When the novelist seeks her out again, she fights her feelings, finding that she is seriously ill.

"Felicia's Journal" (1999) Elaine Cassidy, Bob Hoskins -Dir: Atom Egoyan -Adaptation of William Trevor's novel. -A young pregnant, Irish woman arrives in England in search of her boyfriend. In her search, she enlists the help of an older man.

"The General" (1998) (129 min) (rated R) Brendan Gleeson -Dir: John Boorman -The life and death of Dublin Gangster Martin Cahill.

"The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns" (1998) Sinead Cusack, Orla Brady -NBC miniseries

"The Nephew" (1998) (rated PG) Pierce Brosnan, Donal McCann, Sinead Cusack, Hill Harper, Aislin McGuckin, Niall Toibin, Phelim Drew, Lorraine Pilkington, Luke Griffin -Dir: Eugene Brady -When a farmer living off the west coast of Ireland discovers that his sister has died in New York City, he also discovers that her son is coming to visit him. Having never met his nephew, the farmer is surprised to find that he is the son of an African American. The nephew explores the community and relationships, and, in doing so, members of the community come to face their pasts.

"Waking Ned Devine" (1998) (91 min) (rated PG) Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, James Nesbitt, Maura O'Malley, Robert Hickey, Paddy Ward, James Ryland, Fintan McKeown, Matthew Devitt, Eileen Dromey, Kitty Fitzgerald, Dermot Kerrigan, Jimmy Keogh -Dir: Kirk Jones Writer: Kirk Jones -A man in a small village in Ireland dies from the shock of winning the lottery. The town then conspires to keep the lottery winnings.

Productions Filmed in Ireland

"Saving Private Ryan" (1998) (rated R) Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore Dir: Steven Spielberg *** Written by Robert Rodat -After leading a group of men in the D-Day landing in France on June 6, 1944, U.S. Army Officer Miller is assigned to find U.S. Army Paratrooper Private Ryan and bring him home.

Irish in America

"One Man's Hero" (1999) Tom Berenger, Daniela Romo, Joaquim de Almeida, Greg Fitzgerald, Ilia Volok -Dir: Lance Hool -Screenwriter: Milton S. Gelman -The story of the San Patricios, the Irish immigrants and their comrades of other ethnic groups who fought for Mexico during the U.S.-Mexican War of 1846-48.

"Shadow of Death" (1998) Jim Andralis, Kevin Mahoney -A comedy. -A New York actor struggles until he makes a deal with a mysterious man in black.

Irish Elsewhere

"Sweety Barrett" (1998) Brendan Gleeson, -Dir: Stephen Bradley - Written by: Stephen Bradley -Irish/Icelandic co-production -A simple-minded man who has been let go by his employer at a circus wanders into a fishing town where he befriends a young boy. A local corrupt policeman keeps the town under his thumb until the visitor intervenes.

Irish Documentaries or Docudramas

"Curious Journey: The Fight for Irish Freedom" (1972) Dir: Kenneth Griffith -The story of the 1916 Easter Rising based upon interviews with nine Irish veterans of that rebellion.

"Hang Up Your Brightest Colors - The Life and Death of Michael Collins" (1972) -Dir: Kenneth Griffith -banned by British television in 1972

"The McCourts of Limerick" (1998) -A documentary made by Conor McCourt, Frank McCourt's nephew. It features interviews with each of the brothers and footage of Malachy Sr. and his wife Angela.

Irish Director but Film not about Ireland

"The End of the Affair" (1999) (105 min) (rated R) Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea, Ian Hart, Jason Isaacs -Dir: Neil Jordan -Based upon a novel by Graham Greene. -In England in 1939, Novelist Maurice Bendix begins an affair with a married woman. A couple years after she breaks off the affair, Bendix again attempts to reenter her life.

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