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“Mackintosh Man, The” (1973) (98 mins) Cold War Spy Thriller.

Paul Newman, James Mason, Dominique Sanda, Harry Andrews, Ian Bannen, Nigel Patrick, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, Joe Lynch, Joe Cahill, Donal McCann, Michael Horden.

Director: John Huston.

Based on the novel The Freedom Trap by Desmond Bagley. The film and the original novel were loosely based on the identification, defection and escape from Wormwood Scrubs Prison in 1966 of Russian spy George Blake who worked as a double agent in British intelligence.

Filmed in Ireland – Connemara (Ardfry House) and Roundstone; Dublin (Kilmainham Jail) ; also in Malta, and England.

Historic Ardfry House in County Galway was used in the film. The semi-derelict house was reroofed and rewindowed and then burnt.

Mackintosh Man Paul Newman in Kilmainham Jail - Copy

Above: Kilmainham Gaol doubles for Wormwood Scrubs.

Joseph Rearden (Paul Newman) is recruited by spymaster Mackintosh (Harry Andrews) to impersonate an Australian criminal and infiltrate a mysterious spy ring in an operation so covert that no one but Mackintosh and his secretary, Mrs. Smith (Dominique Sanda), know the truth. Rearden robs a postman of a diamond shipment and allows himself to be caught and sentenced to 20 years in Chelmsford Prison, where he becomes acquainted with Slade (Ian Bannen), a notorious traitor serving a life term. Recruited by an organization that arranges escapes for high profile prisoners in exchange for half of their hidden loot, Rearden, along with Slade, soon finds himself out of jail and in a safe house in Ireland…

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Available on VHS (used) – scarce and on DVD.

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“Macushla” (1937) (59 mins)

Pamela Wood, Liam Gaffney and Jimmy Mageean.

Director: Alex Bryce.

Production companies: Victor M. Greene Productions, Twentieth Century-Fox Productions.

Not available.

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“Mad About Mambo” (2000) (88 mins) Comedy/Romance.

William Ash, Keri Russell, Maclean Stewart and Tim Loane.

Director: John Forte.

Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin.

In order to improve his footwork on the soccer field, Danny Mitchell (William Ash), a teenage Catholic school student in Belfast, Northern Ireland, enrols himself in Mambo classes. He falls in love with his teacher, 18-year-old Lucy McLoughlin (Keri Russell), who is determined to win a local Latin dancing competition. Though Danny and Lucy are from different sides of the tracks and Lucy’s bossy boyfriend seems to get in the way, their connection on the dance floor breaks down all barriers.

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Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Made in Belfast” (2012) (85 mins) Drama

Ciaran McMenamin, Shauna McDonald, Owen McDonnell, Tara Lynne O’Neill, Paul Kennedy, Stuart Graham, Lalor Roddy and Bronagh Gallagher.

Director: Paul Kennedy.

KGB Screen.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast; France – Paris.

In a city he barely recognises from the one he left, Jack Kelly has one weekend to try to and put right a lot of things he did wrong before he left all those years ago.

No DVD release yet. Still on Festival circuit 6/2013.

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“Maeve” (1981) (110 mins) British Film Institute Production Board/ RTE

Mary Jackson, Mark Mulholland and Brid Brennan.

Director: Pat Murphy.

In a Catholic School in Ireland, a nun schoolteacher entertains a complex debate between republicanism and feminism.

Not available.

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“Magdalene Sisters, The” (2002) (119 mins) True Drama.

Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone.

Director: Peter Mullan.

Filmed in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

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The triumphant story of three extraordinary women whose courage to defy a century of injustice would inspire a nation! Abandoned by society and cast out by their families for crimes they did not commit, these women found themselves stripped of their liberty and dignity and condemned to indefinite sentences of manual labour. Within the church-run Magdalene Laundries, these women were forced into unbearable institutional servitude in order to cleanse themselves of the “sins” of which they had been accused.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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Magnificent Ambersons, The (2002) (150 mins) TV movie. Drama.

Madeleine Stowe, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, James Cromwell, Gretchen Mol, Bruce Greenwood.

Director: Alfonso Arau.

Based on the Booth Tarkington Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and on the original 1942 screenplay by Orson Welles.

Filmed in Ireland – County Dublin and at Killruddery House in Bray, County Wicklow.

$16 million budget.

The Magnificent Ambersons DVD

In 1942 Orson Welles followed his triumphant “Citizen Kane” with “The Magnificent Ambersons” but the studio (RKO Radio Pictures) wrenched control of the film from him and slashed more than 1 hour from of it. All surviving footage from the original version was destroyed. The film was a commercial failure and Welles’ career never fully recovered. This new version, based on the original script, tells the haunting story of a wealthy Midwestern family’s struggle to keep pace with the rapidly changing world at the dawn of the 20th century and of two interwoven romances.

Available on DVD.

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“Making Ends Meet” (1999) (52 mins) Comedy/Drama. RTÉ TV movie.

Paul Raynor, Patrick Hyland, Des Cave, Eva Birthistle.

Director: Declan Recks.

Filmed in County Dublin.

Welcome to the world of the petty Dublin criminal. There’s Massive, Mags, the Byrne brothers and then there’s Cal, a small-time crook who always has time to help the elderly even when he’s robbing the local post office. Cal’s number one fan is his young son David, who’s following in his father’s footsteps, to the great dismay of his mum. The principal of his school is looking for a reason to expel him, the gardai are on his trail, and a rival gang want his luminous sneakers. When they all meet up in the principal’s office, something has to give.

Not available online.

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“Making the Cut” (1998) (105 mins) Crime. RTÉ TV movie.

Sean McGinley, Andrea Irvine, Alan Archbold, Brendan Gleeson, Bosco Hogan, Gerard McSorley, Owen Roe, Aaron Harris.

Director: Martyn Friend.

Based on the novel of the same name by Jim Lusby.

Waterford, southern Ireland. A Saturday night in October during a dock strike. A wino looking for a place to sleep breaks into a cargo container full of peat moss. But there’s already someone else nestling snugly in there, wrapped in a bin-bag, head protruding from a tear in one end, a rough X carved on his face.

Unshaven, unorthodox and unpopular with his superiors, Detective Inspector Carl McCadden (Sean McGinley) must figure out exactly what Billy Power, keeper of greyhounds, and Jack-the-Lad about Waterford  – was involved in, and why he had to die. But straight answers about Power, or anything else for that matter, are hard to come by…

See also shortlived spin-off series DDU (1999).

Not available due to copyright issues. RTE 21/8/2014.

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“Malice Aforethought” (2005) (180 mins) Murder Mystery. ITV TV Movie.

Ben Miller, Barbara Flynn and Megan Dodds.

Director: David Blair.

Based on the 1931 novel of the same name by Anthony Berkeley Cox.

Production company: Granada Television.

Filmed in Ireland.

Malice Aforethought

Set in a 1920’s Devonshire village, the plot concerns the complicated love life of Dr. Edmund Bickleigh and his plans to resolve his unhappy marriage by murdering his wife.

Edmund Bickleigh (Ben Miller) is a country doctor who has risen above his station in life, married well, but whose wife never lets him forget who has the money and the status in their little English town. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope: many of the town’s female population seems to have had intimate relations with him. When a new arrival in town, Madeleine Cranmere (Megan Dodds),  becomes involved romantically with Edmund, he decides maybe it was time his wife wasn’t around any longer. He puts in place a plan to become free to remarry — after all he has a cabinet full of lethal (and mostly legal) drugs on hand…

Available on Region.1. DVD – scarce and very expensive.

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“Mammal” (2016) (96 mins) Drama

Rachel Griffiths, Michael McElhatton and Barry Keoghan.

Writer/Director: Rebecca Daly.

Filmed in Dublin.

Margaret, a forty year old single woman living in Dublin, learns that her 18 year old son, who she left as a baby, has been found dead.

Enduring this unsettling grief privately, Margaret escapes daily to the local swimming pool. One day at the pool she runs into Joe, a homeless youth she took care of late one night when she found him injured outside the charity shop she manages.

Margaret offers Joe a room in her house and soon finds herself experimenting with motherhood on him. Margaret’s ex-husband, Matt, starts to turn up randomly in her life. He pursues her to feed his grief and for a time, out of guilt, she complies.

As Margaret and Joe’s mutual reliance grows they begin to confuse the boundaries between parental affection and sexual intimacy. Their tentative trust is threatened by the escalation of Matt’s grieving rage and Joe’s involvement with a gang of violent youths.


“Man About Dog” (2004) (85 mins) Comedy.

Allen Leech, Tom Murphy, Ciaran Nolan, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt.

Director: Paddy Breathnach.

Filmed on location in Ireland.

Three chancers on the run from a violent debt collector come into the possession of a greyhound, but after discovering that it can’t run straight, they sell it to some Travellers. However, when they realise that the dog is actually a natural born hare coarser, they plan to steal it back…

Available on DVD.

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“Manions of America, The” (1981) (290 mins) TV mini-series.

Pierce Brosnan, Kate Mulgrew, Linda Purl, David Soul.

Director: Joseph Sargent & Charles S. Dubin.

Filmed in Dublin, Carlow and England.

Manions of America

America’s proud heritage is her people. They came from all over the World, survived then prospered, and with their spirit and muscle helped America achieve greatness. From one of the smallest countries – Ireland – came one one of the largest migrations. Though forced to leave their beloved shores, these people brought to their new home a dedication and devotion which endures in their descendants today. This is the saga of a family that emerged from the deeply rooted love between Rachel Clement (Kate Mulgrew) and Rory Manion (Pierce Brosnan). A family traced from poverty in Ireland to eminence in America.

Available on VHS (used) and DVD (2012).

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“Man Made Men” (2009) (90 mins) Sci-fi Thriller.

Ronan Wilmot, Conor Brophy, Liam Burke and Kevin Cummins.

Director: Alex Fegan.

Filmed in County Dublin – Dublin Airport, Westin Hotel….

Low budget €4,000!!

This is the story of Benjamin Ezekiel, an arrogant young scientist who conducts an experiment which purports to unravel the mysteries of life. Controversy unfolds as word of his project spreads. Three Rabbis arrive in Dublin, Ireland to stop his experiment. They believe that it will cause the end of the world. They soon realize, however, that Benjamin is being protected by powerful forces that want to see the experiment completed; an experiment which just might hold the answers to life’s biggest questions. Written by Alex Fegan

17/4/16 – No sign of a DVD release.

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“Man of Aran” (1934) (132 mins) (Remastered DVD is 71 mins)

Coleman (Tiger) King, Maggie Dirrane, Mikaleen Dillane.

Director: Robert Flaherty.

A fisherman and his family struggle to survive on an island off the west coast of Ireland.

A staged film with the feel of a documentary.

Man of Aran

The influential American documentary pioneer, Robert Flaherty, spent three years making this celebrated film. Life off the western coast of Ireland on the Aran islands in the 1930’s was hard. Families were forced to fight against the elements for their livelihoods. It was the custom of the men to await the annual migration of basking sharks. If caught, they would provide a family with enough oil for a year, but to catch them meant setting sail in a flimsy boat. Could it protect the fishermen against the pounding force of the ocean? From http://www.parkcircus.com/latest/264_man_of_aran_out_now_on_dvd

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD (2011).

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“Man of No Importance, A” (1994) (98 mins) Drama.

Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon, Tara Fitzgerald, Rufus Sewell,Patrick Malahide, David Kelly, Mick Lally.

Director: Suri Krishnamma.

Filmed in Dublin City.

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Early 1960’s Dublin, and passengers on Bus Conductor Alfie Byrne’s (Albert Finney) route are entertained by a daily diet of poetry, prose and excerpts from Oscar Wilde. Alfie delights his ‘brethren’ and attempts each year to put on a play in the church community hall.

This year he wants to stage “Salome”. When he finds his ‘star’ in the unsuspecting form of the delightful Adele (Tara Fitzgerald) he tries to convince his driver Robbie (Rufus Sewell), who he has affectionately named ‘Bosie’, to tread the boards for the first time, to no avail.

Alfie soon discovers that Dublin can turn into ‘Peyton Place’ when local butcher Carney (Michael Gambon) the usurped former leading man, recruits Alfie’s sister Lily (Brenda Fricker) and the elders from the church to condemn Salome as the ‘work of the devil’.

Available on VHS and DVD and as a newspaper Promo DVD.

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“Man Who Crossed Hitler, The” (2011) (90 mins) BBC TV movie.

Ian Hart, Ed Stoppard, Bill Paterson.

Director: Justin Hardy.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, County Antrim.

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In the summer of 1931, with Germany on the brink of economic collapse, and the city of Berlin turning into a paramilitary war-zone, the audacious young prosecutor Hans Litten chose to summon a star witness to a trial of Nazi thugs. In spite of the risk to his own safety and against the advice of those who love him, Litten forced rising political star Adolf Hitler to make a sensational appearance in the witness stand of Berlin’s central criminal court.

Litten aimed to expose the true character of Hitler and his politics to the German public, to reveal his hypocrisy and his violent ambitions, and in doing so, halt the electoral success of the Nazi Party.

In a humiliating and hostile cross-examination, Hitler was forced to account for his political beliefs, his contempt for the law and his desire to destroy German democracy. For a brief moment, Hitler’s political future was genuinely in the balance.

http://www.northernirelandscreen.co.uk/catalogue/217/108/the-man-who-crossed-hitler-2011.aspx

Available on DVD.

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“Mapmaker” (2001) (95 mins) Drama.

Brían F. O’Byrne, Susan Lynch, Brendan Coyle, Ian McElhinney and Oisín Kearney .

Director: Johnny Gogan.

Production companies: Bandit Films and Grand Pictures.

Filmed in the border counties of Leitrim, Sligo and Fermanagh.

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Unaware of the ugly secret buried in the land he is hired to map, engineer Richard Markey (Brían F. O’Byrne) stumbles into the middle of the violent and lethal past of Ireland’s border landscape. When he chances upon the long dead body of an alleged informer, the discovery stirs up old hostilities, setting off a chain reaction of treachery, bloody violence and relentless pursuit.

Available on DVD – scarce import.

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“March Hare, The” (1956) (85 mins) Comedy.

Peggy Cummins, Terence Morgan, Wilfred Hyde-White , Martita Hunt and Cyril Cusack.

Director: George More O’Farrell.

Based on the novel Gamblers Sometimes Win by T.H.Bird.

Filmed on location in Ireland – County Mayo.

After gambling away his ancestral home, Wolfshill, spendthrift young Irish aristocrat Sir Charles Hare (Terence Morgan) is mistaken by the new American owner’s daughter, Pat McGuire (Peggy Cummins), for a horse groom, and keeps him on in that position. A romance between the two begins to develop. Meanwhile, Charles’ Aunt Anne (Martita Hunt) and Col. Keene (Wilfrid Hyde-White) have bought a young colt on behalf of the impoverished peer and handed it over to superstitious drunkard Mangan (Cyril Cusack) to train.

When the colt appears to have classic potential, Sir Charles replaces the oft-inebriated Mangan with a professional trainer and names the horse The March Hare, but only the superstitious Irishman Mangan knows the special word supposedly given to the highly-strung thoroughbred by the mythical fairy queen. So Mangan is reinstated and The March Hare progresses to compete in the Derby.

Available on DVD (2015)

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“Mark, The” (1961) (127 mins) Drama.

Maria Schell, Stuart Whitman, Rod Steiger, Brenda De Banzie, Maurice Denham, Donald Wolfit, Paul Rogers, Donald Houston.

Director: Guy Greene.

Filmed at Ardmore Studios in Bray.

The film was banned in Ireland, but in America it was well-attended. Whitman was nominated for the 1961 Oscar for Best Actor.

Three years ago, Jim Fuller (Stuart Whitman) attempted to assault a young girl. Now he’s out on the streets again, thanks to the recommendation of his psychiatrist Dr McNally (Rod Steiger). Fuller moves to a new town, gets a job and tries to rebuild his life. But then the flashbacks start – and the nightmares. As he struggles with his past, he falls in love with a work colleague, Ruth (Maria Schell) – not knowing she has a 10-year-old daughter of her own. And when a young girl is murdered in the town, suspicion once again falls upon Fuller and his life starts to fall apart…

New digitally remastered DVD  available here: http://www.odeonent.co.uk/

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“Marley & Me” (2008) (115 mins) Comedy.

Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston and Eric Dane.

Director: David Frankel.

Filmed in the USA and in County Galway – Roundstone.

Available on DVD.

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“Matchmaker, The” (1997) (97 mins) Comedy.

Janeane Garofalo, David O’Hara, Milo O’Shea, Denis Leary, Jay O.Sanders and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Director: Mark Jaffe.

Filmed in the USA and Ireland (County Galway – Aran Islands and Roundstone).

I’m including this trailer as a warning!

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Mattie” (2009) (166 mins) RTE Comedy. 12 episodes.   5 STAR - Copy

Pat Shortt, Lesley Conroy, Joe Taylor, Alvaro Lucchessi and Sean McDonagh.

Creator: Pat Shortt.

Filmed in Counties Limerick & Tipperary.

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After his transfer from a sleepy country beat to a busy city garda station, Mattie is partnered with feisty detective Sharon Kelly (Lesley Conroy). Bringing his own unique perspective to crime solving, the hapless Mattie always manages to get the job done, despite regularly rubbing people up the wrong way. His success only adds to the frustration of Superintendent O`Meara (Joe Taylor) who has it in for Mattie while smug fellow detectives,Tom (Alvaro Lucchessi) and and Felix (Sean McDonagh) constantly try to put him down. Add to the mix Mattie’s developing relationship with Sharon, a demanding mother and a rogues gallery of criminals and misfits and you have the recipe for an hilarious comedy drama.

Available on DVD.

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“Maze”  (2017) (92 mins) Drama

Martin McCann, Niamh McGrady, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, BarryWard.

Writer/Director: Stephen Burke.

An Irish-Swedish co-production.

Budget of €1.7 million – partly funded by the Irish Film Board.

The film was shot in the recently closed Cork Prison and around the city. Some filming in Sweden.

Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from the Maze Prison, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

Due for cinema release 22nd September 2017 (UK)

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“McKenzie Break, The” (1969) (108 mins) War Drama.

Brian Keith, Ian Hendry, Helmut Griem, Horst Janson, Jack Watson, Patrick O’Connell.

Director: Lamont Johnson.

Filmed in Ireland at Ballymoney and Ardmore Studios, County Wicklow; also in Turkey.

Soldiers from the Irish Army acted as extras.

In W.W.II, German prisoners attempt to escape from a British prison in Scotland.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“McVicar” (1980) (111 mins) Crime Drama.

Roger Daltrey, Adam Faith, Cheryl Campbell, Brian Hall, Steven Berkoff, Jeremy Blake, Ian Hendry.

Director: Tom Clegg.

Screenplay by John McVicar who adapted his own book.

Filmed in Ireland at Arbour Hill and Kilmainham Jails, in England – Berkshire and London.

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John McVicar was a London Bad Boy. he graduated to armed bank robbery and was Britain’s “Public Enemy No. 1”. He was captured and put into a high security prison. Will even the highest security prison be able to hold him ? This is the true story of his life, his criminal exploits and his eventual rehabilitation.

Available from Amazon on VHS and DVD.

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“Medallion, The” (2003) (88 mins) Action/Fantasy. aka “Highbinders” .

Jackie Chan, Lee Evans and Clare Forlani.

Director: Gordon Chan.

Filmed in Ireland. Co.Antrim – Dunluce Castle. Co.Dublin – Dublin Castle.

The Medallion

Available on DVD.

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“Meeting on the Stairs” (2012) (72 mins) Drama/Romance.

Aoife Coghlan, Fergus Kealy and Declan Buckley.

Director: Lorna Fitzsimons.

Molly moves into a bed-sit in Dublin where neighbour Dave helps her with her furniture. Ignoring early signs that she’s pregnant, Molly’s friendship with Dave grows, helped along by the matchmaking of Guy, another neighbour. A pregnancy test confirms Molly’s fears, forcing angry and divisive conversations that the fledgling romance is not ready for. Feeling emotionally shattered and alone, Molly makes a decision to take a journey that will change everything. From Lorna Fitzsimons Vimeo site: http://vimeo.com/20098109

Available…..?

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“Men of Consequence”  (1981) (53 mins) RTÉ TV movie.

Fran Dempsey, Liz Bono, Pat Laffan, Godfrey Quigley and Emmet Bergin.

Director: Barry Kelly.

A young factory worker is unfairly pensioned off and his social worker works to investigate the case.

Not available.

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“Men of Ireland” (1938) (62 mins) Aka “The Island Man”.

Cecil Ford, Eileen Curran, Brian O’Sullivan, Gabriel Fallon.

Director: Richard Bird.

A young medical student visits the Blasket Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, during the holidays and becomes charmed with the place and its people. He falls in love with a local girl, who is betrothed to a local man. The two men meet and become fast friends, and the student realizes the hopelessness in his love of the girl of his friend. He leaves but, after his graduation from Trinity College in Dublin, he returns to cast his lot with these simple fishermen.

Not available but the IFA have a copy in their archive.

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“Messiah.V. – The Rapture” (2008) (120 mins) BBC.1. Crime Drama. Two part mini-series.

Marc Warren, Marsha Thomason, Daniel Ryan, Nina Sosanya. Rory Kinnear, Ciarán McMenamin.

Director: Harry Bradbeer.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, Ballyclare and Magheramorne Quarry.

Messiah

Renowned detective Joseph Walker (Marc Warren) is haunted by a past of violence, passion and betrayal – a past which threatens his ability to hunt down a killer with a terrifying message for the world. Heading up an investigation into a series of gruesome and elaborately staged murders, Joseph is puzzled by the bizarre nature of the killings and the presence of mysterious symbols traced into a layer of sand at each murder scene. To end the killings, Joseph must solve the riddle. But the clock is ticking – are Joseph and his new squad just tracking a criminal or are they themselves part of the murderer’s plan?

Available on DVD.

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“Michael Collins” (1996) (133 mins) Drama.

Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman and Julia Roberts.

Director: Neil Jordan.

Filmed in Dublin and Wicklow.

This film covers Ireland’s struggle for independence from 1916 to 1922. After the disastrous Easter Rebellion against British troops, Michael Collins, an Irish nationalist leader of Sinn Fein, leads the guerrilla fighters, which later became the IRA. The film clearly shows the ambivalence of the nationalists, many of whom wanted independence but would accept no compromise. It was a war that was not a war, yet, Collins and his men, through perseverance, brought about a treaty with England and the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Available on VHS and DVD.

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“Mickybo and Me” (2004) (95 mins) Drama.

John Joe McNeill, Niall Wright, Adrian Dunbar and Julie Walters.

Director: Terry Loane.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – County Down and Australia.

The film is set in Belfast in the summer of 1970. Against the backdrop of ‘the Troubles’, the friendship of two young boys from either side of the political divide (“up the road” and “over the bridge”) helps overcome the barriers. Their lives change when they see the film ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’. Together they swear an oath to be blood brothers for life and to try to escape Belfast for the freedom of the Australian outback. Their infatuation with the movie leads them from fantasies into petty crime.

Available on DVD.

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“Middletown” (2006) (88 mins) Drama

Matthew Macfadyen, Daniel Mays, Eva Birthistle, Mick Lally and Gerard McSorley.

Director: Brian Kirk.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Belfast, Keady (County Armagh) and the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. Also in Glaslough, County Monaghan.

Middletown

After almost an entire lifetime spent in religious instruction, Gabriel (Matthew Macfadyen) returns to his small Irish town as the new preacher. But the town is full of drinking and gambling, and Gabriel’s younger brother Jim (Daniel Mays) and sister-in-law Caroline (Eva Birthistle) are no exceptions. Soon Gabriel learns that Caroline does not attend service, runs the local pub across from the church on the Sabbath, and refuses to have her child baptized. Jim, the flat-broke black sheep of the family, quickly becomes caught between his brother’s beliefs and his wife’s strong-mindedness. As a messenger of God, Gabriel believes he must save the townspeople, especially his brother, his sister-in-law, and the couple’s unborn child…

Available on DVD.

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“Midnight Man” (1997) (104 mins) Thriller. Made for TV. Turkey 1Turkey 1Turkey 1

Rob Lowe, Kenneth Cranham and Deborah Moore.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark.

AKA “Eye of the Storm”.

Based on the novel by Jack Higgins.

Filmed in the USA.

Midnight Man

Married and supposedly retired from duty, Sean Dillon (Rob Lowe) is dragged back into the dangerous world of international espionage when a plan to assassinate members of the British Royal Family is discovered by Brigadier Ferguson (Kenneth Cranham). Dillon must discover who is behind the plot, but the suspects are many and varied. Is the IRA involved, are Middle East fundamentalists or old guard Russian leaders tightening their fingers on the trigger that will set Britain on the road to a Republic?  The stage is set for a deadly game of cat and mouse between former comrades turned adversaries.

Verdict:

An awful mess with a poor plot, wooden acting and only for the diehard connoisseur of political/terrorist movies with vaguely Irish connections.

Available on DVD (2003 release) – scarce.

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“Mighty Celt, The” (2005) (82 mins) BBC Drama.

Robert Carlyle, Gillian Anderson,  Ken Stott, Tyrone McKenna, Sean McGinley and Mark McCavanagh.

Director: Pearse Elliot.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – County Antrim (Belfast, Magheramorne etc.)

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Young Donal (Tyrone Mckenna) lives with his single mother Kate (Anderson) in Belfast, and works after school at a greyhound trainer’s to help make ends meet. The trainer, Good Joe (Ken Stott), agrees to let Donal keep one of the dogs, The Mighty Celt if he can train him to win three successive races. At the same time, a mysterious figure from Kate’s past, known only as ‘O’ (Carlyle) has returned, and as Donal gets closer to O, and as the dog trainer goes back on his deal, the young boy learns some harsh lessons about life.

Available on DVD.

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“Milo” (2012) (90 mins) Drama. Irish/Dutch production.

Lorcan Bonner, Stuart Graham, Jer O’Leary, Laura Vasiliu, Charlotte Bradley, Dolf de Vries.

Directors: Berend Boorsma, Roel Boorsma.

Production company: Samson Films.

Irish locations Dublin and Wicklow.

YouTube trailer: Milo

http://www.filmvandaag.nl/film/60918-milo#trailer

Milo is unaware that he suffers a rare genetic disease. He is kept under strict control by his parents who strive for wealth and success and are set on keeping Milo’s shameful condition a secret. However, a failed kidnapping, an unusual friendship and a violent confrontation forces Milo and his parents to embrace the imperfections in their lives. Irish Film Board.

Available on DVD (2013)

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“Minstrel Boy, The” (1938) (UK) (80 mins) Musical. Aka “The Melody Maker”.

Chili Bouchier, Lucille Lisle and Fred Conyngham.

Director: Sydney Morgan.

Mike, an Irish singer and leader of a popular band called the Minstrel Boys, meets Angela, and, within 24 hours they get married. An ex-girlfriend shows up and causes trouble for Mike. With his problems, Mike’s performances are lackluster and his star fades. He attempts suicide, but Angela arrives to pick up the pieces.

Available……………??

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“Miracle, The” (1991) (97 mins) Romance.

Beverly D’Angelo, Donal McCann, Niall Byrne, Loraine Pilkington, J.G. Devlin and Tom Hickey.

Writer/Director: Neil Jordan.

Set in Bray, which is Jordan’s hometown.

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Available on VHS and DVD – scarce!

Now available on Region 4 DVD – Australian import.

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“Miracle, The” (2011) (100 mins) Irish/Danish co-production. aka “Miraklet“.

Ulrich Thomsen, Sonja Richter, Peter Plaugborg.

Director: Simon Staho.

Production company: Subotica Entertainment.

Filmed in County Wicklow.

MIRAKLET

A former dancer returns for the first time in years to his childhood village to attend his mother’s funeral. He discovers that the love of his youth still lives there, trapped in an unhappy marriage with the town priest. The dancer and his former lover secretly resume their liaison and slowly rekindle their old love.

Danish cinema release June 2014.

Available…?

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Miracle at Midnight (1998) (90 mins) TV Drama.

Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow, Justin Whalin, Patrick Malahide, Eva Birthistle.

Director: Ken Cameron.

Production company: Walt Disney Television.

Filmed in Ireland.

Miracle at Midnight

Set in Denmark during September 1943, Miracle at Midnight tells the dramatic true story of the Danish rescue of Jews from deportation to Nazi concentration camps.

Available on DVD.

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“Miracles & Miss Langan” (1979) (58 mins) Made for TV movie.

Deirdre Donnelly, Malcolm Douglas and Godfrey Quigley. Director: Pat O’Connor. RTE ‘Thursday Play Date’.

Susan Langan, a teacher approaching middle age, meets Ben D’Arcy, a young man in his twenties, when he decides not to finish his studies for the priesthood and joins the staff of a vocational school in Dublin. http://www.tcd.ie/irishfilm

Not available.

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“Miser’s Gift, The” (1916) Comedy Short. Silent.

J.M. Kerrigan, Kathleen Murphy, Fred O’Donovan. Director: J.M. Kerrigan. Produced by The Film Company of Ireland.

The first comedy production by the Film Company of Ireland. First shown on Oct. 26, 1916, at Dame Street Picture House.

In Killaloe, a girl and her lover get a miserly father drunk so that he dreams of leprechauns’ gold. Ref: http://www.tcd.ie/irishfilm

Not available.

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“Miss Conception” (2008) (104 mins) Romantic Comedy.  aka “Buy, Borrow, Steal“.

Heather Graham, Mia Kirshner, Tom Ellis and Orlando Seale.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – County Antrim and England – London.

€6 million budget.

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Georgina  (Heather Graham) is a broody 33 year-old who sends her boyfriend Zak (Tom Ellis) packing when it has become apparent that he doesn’t share her desire for a bundle of joy. Zak sets off on a documentary shoot and hopes that she’ll cool off in his absence. But Georgina discovers that early menopause runs in her family and heads for a specialist with her reluctant best friend, Clem (Mia Kirschner), in tow. Learning that her baby-making days are numbered, Georgina enlists Clem and their pal, Justin (Orlando Seale), to make the most of it. A battle plan is drawn up but their escapades become increasingly frantic as Georgina explores internet sperm donors, personal ads respondents, night clubbers, a love-struck co-worker and funeral-goers in their hilarious and desperate attempts to beat the biological clock.

Available on DVD

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“Miss Julie” (2014) (129 mins) Romantic Drama.

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton.

Director: Liv Ullmann.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Castle Coole, Co Fermanagh

Based on the play “Fröken Juli”  by Swedish author August Strindberg’s ” – first published in 1888.

Filmed in Northern Ireland – Castle Coole, Co Fermanagh.

MISS JULIE DVD

Set on Midsummer’s Eve in 1890 in a large country house in Co. Fermanagh, Miss Julie details a battle of both sexes and classes, revolving around the daughter Miss Julie (Jessica Chastain) of a wealthy landowner, and her flirtation with and seduction of her father’s valet John (Colin Farrell), a power struggle that has tragic consequences

Available on DVD.

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“Monged” (2015) (82mins) Comedy/Drama

Graham Earley, John Connors, Rex Ryan.

Directors: Rory Mullen, David Prenderville and Brian Quinn.

MONGED

Dave is a wannabe drug dealer stuck with a batch of experimental new pills, Ray is a failing club DJ getting by on a daytime radio slot, and socially awkward office worker Bernard just turned up to the wrong party by mistake. When Dave enlists Bernard’s help to test out his new consignment, the weekend descends into a riotous cocktail of narcotics, booze, clubs and parties. Embarking on a series of drug fuelled misadventures, the three lads get more from the weekend then they’d ever bargained for.

The trailer looks awful – probably another one to avoid.

On the Irish Festival circuit in 2015.

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“Moone Boy” (2012) Comedy. TV series.

Chris O’Dowd, David Rawle, Deirdre O’Kane.

Production company: Baby Cow Productions.

Filmed in County Roscommon – Boyle….

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Martin Moone is a young boy who relies on the help of his imaginary friend Sean to deal with the quandaries of life in a wacky small-town Irish family in the 1980’s.

Available on DVD.

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Moonfleet (2013) (90 mins) Drama. Sky1 two-part TV mini-series.

Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard, Sophie Cookson.

Loosely adapted from the 19th century novel by J Meade Falkner.

Production company: Company Pictures.

Filmed in Ireland – Galway, Kildare and Dublin (Howth, Drimnagh Castle, Kings Inns), Wicklow – Silver Strand etc.

Moonfleet

In the coastal town of Moonfleet in eighteenth century Dorset, orphan, John Trenchard (Aneurin Barnard), dreams of the infamous Blackbeard’s treasure – and of the wealth and happiness it will bring him. However, John’s search draws him into the company of local smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Ray Winstone), and forces him to go into hiding with a price on his head – little guessing the adventures and misfortunes he will face before he sees Moonfleet and the girl he loves again. – Company Pictures.

Available on DVD.

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Morlang (2001) (94 mins) Psychological Drama. English language.

Paul Freeman, Diana Kent, Susan Lynch.

Director: Tjebbo Penning.

Production company: Phanta Vision Film International (Netherlands)

Budget: $3,500,000 (estimated)

Filmed on location in County Clare – Cliffs of Moher, County Meath – Duleek. Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands.

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Morlang is loosely adapted from the true story of a couple who made a suicide pact, but only the woman died as her husband did not really want to kill himself.

Julius Morlang (Paul Freeman) is a successful yet starting to age visual artist is faced with life changing choices. His wife and artistic agent Ellen (Diana Kent), no longer inspires him and he finds solace in a new lover Ann (Susan Lynch). When Ellen is diagnosed with a terminal illness the couple decided to commit suicide together, but Morlang having started an affair with Ann decides his art, not to mention himself, is too important to be sacrificed. Instead, he lets his wife carry on with her suicide leaving him free to marry his lover…

Available on DVD.

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“Mrs.Brown’s Boys D’Movie” (2014) (94 mins) Comedy

Brendan O’Carroll, Jennifer Gibney, Fiona O’Carroll, Paddy Houlihan, Danny O’Carroll.

Director: Ben Kellet.

Shot in Ireland – Dublin City Centre.

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When market-trader Agnes Brown finds her stall under threat from a ruthless developer, she and her family embark on a campaign to save their livelihood, aided only by a motley troop comprising Buster’s blind trainee ninjas, a barrister with an unhelpful affliction, and Grandad’s elderly friends. As daughter Cathy turns her back on the family business and unwanted secrets emerge from Agnes’s past, could the Brown matriarch finally be out of her depth? It’s sink or swim for Agnes.

Available on DVD.

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“Murder in Eden” (1991) (165 mins) Dark Comedy. BBC (NI) 3-part TV mini-series.

Tony Doyle, Peter Firth, Ian Bannen, Alun Armstrong, Tara MacGowran, Tina Kellegher, Garrett Keogh, Sean Lawlor, Frankie McCafferty and Breffni McKenna.

Director: Nicholas Renton.

Based on the novel ‘Bogmail’ by Patrick McGinley.

Filmed in Glencolumbkille, County Donegal.

TONY DOYLE

Tim Roarty (Tony Doyle) the landlord of a pub in a remote Irish village murders his barman and buries the body out on the bog. However, before long he is threatened by a mysterious blackmailer and body parts start appearing. The local policeman, Sgt.McGing (Alun Armstrong) leaves no stone unturned – or fridge door unopened – in his efforts to track down the murderer, while Roarty has plans for the blackmailer if only he can be certain of his identity.

Not officially released on VHS or DVD, but well worth tracking down a copy.

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Murphy’s Stroke (1980) (90 mins) Made for TV movie.

Pierce Brosnan, Niall Tobin, Tony Doyle and T.R.Bowen.

Director: Frank Cvitanovich.

Based on the true story of the racehorse Gay Future and an attempt to take the bookmakers to the cleaners.

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In the Spring of 1974, a group of Irish millionaires and punters put together the biggest, craziest betting coup ever attempted in the history of British turf.

Was released on VHS but very scarce anywhere now.

Also available on DVD as a Dail Mail newspaper promo.

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“My Brothers” (2010) (87 mins) Drama.

Timmy Creed, Paul Courtney, T.J. Griffin, Don Wycherley, Kate Ashfield.

Director: Paul Fraser.

Writer: William Collins.

Filmed in County Cork.

Set over Halloween weekend of 1987, My Brothers is the story of three young brothers’ epic quest to replace their dying father’s watch. Noel (17), serious, weighed down by responsibility; Paudie (11), cocky, not so bright and dreams of playing in goals for Liverpool and Scwally (7), naive and obsessed with Star Wars (despite never actually having seen the films). Using a battered bread van, the brothers embark on a journey across the wild Irish landscape on the Halloween weekend, grinding gears and screaming at each other to get to an arcade machine in Ballybunion. Along the way they are detoured by escalating brotherly battles in an off-beat and moving journey that can only lead them home.

Released on DVD.

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“My Brother’s War” (1997) (84 mins) Thriller. Aka “Flashpoint

James Brolin, Jennie Garth, Salvator Xuereb, Cristi Conaway and Josh Brolin.

Director: James Brolin.

Producer: Roger Corman.

A New Concorde production.

Filmed in Belfast, County Antrim and Salthill, County Galway.

Retired CIA agent Adam Hall (James Brolin) has been called in to locate and neutralize Liam Fallon (Salvator Xuereb), an armed and dangerous renegade IRA terrorist who has begun a campaign of murder and mayhem designed to end the peace talks. Hall must employ the help of Liam’s brother Gerry, a convicted terrorist responsible for killing Hall’s sister, in order to get to Liam. Pitting brother against brother, Hall has his work cut out for him in this dramatic, action-packed thriller.

Available on DVD – scarce.

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“My Irish Molly” (1938) (66 mins) Musical. aka “Little Miss Molly

Binkie Stuart, Tom Burke, Phillip Reed and Maureen O’Hara (as Maureen FitzSimons).

Filmed at Welwyn Studios, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.

Binkie Stuart, a child star whose career briefly flourished before the outbreak of war in 1939, takes the titular role in this heart-warming musical charting the adventures of a little orphan girl in the difficult days of pre-war Ireland. Starring alongside Hollywood siren Maureen O’Hara in an early role, Britain’s answer to Shirley Temple plays a spirited young girl left in the clutches of a cruel guardian aunt.

MY IRISH MOLLY

An Irishman leaves to make his fortune in America, in the mean time, a custody battle arises over a talented little girl between one sister that loves her and another who only seeks the money offered to care for her.

Available on DVD.

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“My Life for Ireland” (1941) (90 mins) Nazi Propaganda Drama. German dialogue with English subtitles.

Anna Dammann, René Deltgen, Paul Wegener, Will Quadflieg and Heinz Ohlsen.

Original title “Mein Leben für Irland“. German WWII propaganda movie.

Director: Max W. Kimmich.

Filmed in Maulbronn, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

Mein Leben fur Irland

Set in an English boarding school, Mein Leben für Irland tells the story of the Irish revolt against British domination. The sons of Irish rebels are sent to the school to become good British patriots, but the secretly await the day they can fight for their country’s independence against the British, who are depicted as treacherous oppressors bent on world hegemony. It was aimed largely at the Hitlerjugend market and was directed with assurance by Max Kimmich, who happened to be Joseph Goebbels’ brother-in-law.

Available here to download: http://archive.org/details/1941-Mein-Leben-fuer-Irland

DVD available here: http://ihffilm.com/22970.html $24.00

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“My name is Emily” (2015) (100 mins) Romance/Drama.

Evanna Lynch, Michael Smiley, George Webster.

Writer/Director: Simon Fitzmaurice.

Shortly after his second short film The Sound of People premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, director Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with MND, the debilitating disease for which the viral ice-bucket challenge raised awareness last September.  Now completely paralysed, Fitzmaurice typed the script for the film, as well as his best-selling book “It’s Not Yet Dark” through the movement of his eyes and iris recognition software.  This is also how he communicated to direct the film during its six week shoot.

Filmed in County Dublin and County Wicklow – Bray.

It’s Emily’s 16th birthday and for the first time in her life, she doesn’t receive a birthday card from her Dad.  After meeting a fellow outsider at her new school, Emily and her handsome ally, Arden, decide to embark on a road trip adventure across Ireland to find her missing father.  They are an odd couple, this pale girl and the boy in the velvet suit, and along the way, they find love as well as some hard and unexpected truths.

Irish cinema release 8th April, 2016.

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“Mystics” (2003) (90 mins) Comedy.

Milo O’Shea, David Kelly, Liam Cunningham and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Director: David Blair.

Filmed in Ireland – Dublin, Wicklow, L’derry. Also in Malaga, Spain.

MYSTICS

Dave and Locky are a couple of old-timers who have found the perfect scam offering solace and peace to the bereaved and an injection of cash to their pockets. Posing as a medium in touch with the other side, Dave (David Kelly) acts as the front man, whilst his partner in deception Locky (Milo O’Shea) relays messages from ‘beyond the grave’. All is going swimmingly until Larry, the kingpin from the local mob, gets killed and his wife Foxy (Maria Doyle Kennedy) wants to know where he’s hidden his last haul. Unable to refuse a request from the Irish mafia, Dave and Locky must go through with the act praying the cons don’t see through it, or soon they might not be able to communicate with the living!

Available on DVD.

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“My Wild Irish Rose” (1922) (U.S.A.) (Silent)

James Farley, Edward Cecil.

Director: David Smith.

Based upon the play entitled “The Shaughraun,” written in 1874 by popular Irish playwright Dion Boucicault.

During the Fenian agitation of the 1860s, a magistrate and an informer conspire to seize a man’s property by falsely accusing him of being a Fenian conspirator and having him transported to Australia. The man escapes the transport ship and returns to set things right.

Nothing online.

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