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25 April 1934 (UK) See more »
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In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail. | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Colman 'Tiger' King ... A Man of Aran
Maggie Dirrane ... His Wife
Michael Dirrane ... Their Son
Pat Mullin ... Shark Hunter
Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh ... Shark Hunter
Patcheen Faherty ... Shark Hunter
Tommy O'Rourke ... Shark Hunter
'Big Patcheen' Conneely of the West ... Canoeman
Stephen Dirrane ... Canoeman
Pat McDonough ... Canoeman
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Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Writing credits
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Robert J. Flaherty 

Produced by
Michael Balcon .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Film Editing by
John Monck  (as John Goldman)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pat Mullin of Aran .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Slim Hand .... sound recordist (as H. Hand)
 
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Leighton Lucas .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frances H. Flaherty .... collaborator
John Taylor .... field laboratory
Harry Watt .... laboratory assistant (uncredited)
 

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USA:76 min
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UK:E (DVD rating)

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The play "The Cripple of Inishmaan" by Martin McDonagh is a fictionalized account of the making of this film.See more »
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Referenced in Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (1976)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
People working through incredible hardship, 18 May 2005
Author: bscardozo from United States

Another movie by a master movie maker.

His documentaries make one feel the hardship his subjects undergo, whether real or not.

A must see along with Nanook.

The visuals are stunning as is the empathy of the director for his subjects.

Would there be a documentary director like him today -- except for Frederick Wiseman whom I am sure was inspired by Flaherty's movies such as Nanook (a picture of a long lost world) and Man of Aran.

I wonder if people are still farming Aran or if they have all left for the big city.

There are other documentaries by the BBC -- See South Georgia Island or the re-creations of Shackleton's unsuccessful trip to the South Pole and you will feel as well as ache along with them.

A true pioneer when making films was difficult at best, impossible at worst. But Flaherty make the impossible real and captured a world that no longer exists.

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