A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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Lukey
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Pat
F.J. McCormick ...
Shell
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Fencie
Fay Compton ...
Rosie
Denis O'Dea ...
Inspector
W.G. Fay ...
Father Tom
Maureen Delaney ...
Theresa O'Brien
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...
Tober
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Dennis
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Nolan
Kitty Kirwan ...
Grannie
Beryl Measor ...
Maudie
Roy Irving ...
Murphy
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Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go sour: Johnny is wounded, cannot make it back to the hideout, and disappears in the back-alleys of Belfast. Immediately, a large-scale man-hunt is launched, and the city is tightly covered by the constabulary, whose chief is intent on capturing Johnny and the other members of the gang. Kathleen sets out in search of Johnny. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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An adventure in unbearable suspense !


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23 April 1947 (USA)  »

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The Crown Bar in the center of Belfast has long been associated with the movie, although in fact, contrary to popular opinion, it was not actually used in the filming. Instead a copy was made on set in England. It shows all the familiar ornate features of the real thing, but was more spacious and laid out in a different way. See more »

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When Johnny's three friends are fleeing the police, they run into a little square with a grocer's shop. The shop and the windows above it are lit up. As they run past it, a blind in the left-hand upper window is pulled down. Later, when Dennis tries to draw the police away from Johnny, he runs past the same shop. It can be seen that the blind is now back up again. See more »

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Lukey: [about painting a portrait of the wounded Johnny McQueen] There's something to be said about him before he dies.
Tober: And about all of us.
Lukey: I understand what I see in him.
Tober: What is it?
Lukey: It's the truth about us all.
Tober: Is that all?
Lukey: He's doomed.
Tober: So are we all.
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Unusual and Interesting Film
14 January 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Very unusual film, this. Haunting. I'm not a big fan of James Mason but he is excellent in this.

An unnamed organisation (the IRA) in an unnamed Norhern Irish city (Belfast) carry out an armed robbery that goes wrong. Johnny ends up shot, dying and on the run. The movie tracks the multiple stalking of this wounded, dying creature. Everyone wants a piece of him for different reasons.

Why the IRA and Belfast aren't named I don't know - perhaps the politics of the time caused this.

Some aspects of the movie have dated somewhat, but much of it remains gripping and fascinating.

Harold Pinter refers to it constantly in his play Old Times and you can imagine that a young Pinter would have been influenced by this movie.

Check this one out, for sure.


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