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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

Directed by
Robert J. Flaherty 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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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Certification:
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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Featured in Stützen der Gesellschaft (1935)See more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Spectacular depiction of man and nature, 26 April 2004
Author: (FADrury@aol.com) from Bow, NH

I rented this from Netflix recently. Visually, this picture is stunning. Some of the finest filming of the sea I've ever seen. The minimalist story really isn't much, just an attempt to provide some excuse for various actions in the film. This film is really not a documentary at all. One of the special features on the DVD is a short film called "Making the Myth" (or something like that), which is all about how the film was made, how Flaherty scripted various scenes, etc. As noted in the a previous review, the entire shark scene was something Flaherty pushed, recognizing that shark hunting sells. However, according to "Making the Myth," basking shark hunting had gone out over 50 years earlier. Apparently Flaherty also thought that, if he got people hunting the sharks for his move, they might start it up again as a local industry. We found a good portion of the dialogue almost unintelligible. Especially at the start, we thought they we speaking Gaelic! Still, the dialogue is really unnecessary. Flaherty uses old fashioned dialogue cards, like in a silent film, to explain what's coming up. Overall, this was a very interesting film to watch. Since it's just over an hour long, it's a good one to see when you have some time but don't want to commit to any "Major Movie Event!"

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