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The Gentle Gunman (1952)

 -  Drama  -  10 October 1953 (USA)
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IRA member Terry modifies his violent views after working undercover in wartime London. When his co-conspirators are arrested, he ensures that his brother Matt escapes back to Ireland. ... See full summary »

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IRA member Terry modifies his violent views after working undercover in wartime London. When his co-conspirators are arrested, he ensures that his brother Matt escapes back to Ireland. Terry follows and the local group have to decide what to do about him and about their imprisoned colleagues being shipped to Belfast. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Bombe im U-Bahn-Schacht  »

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Edward Byrne, Michael Golden, and E.J Kennedy had also featured in a 1950 TV play in different roles. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: NORTHERN IRELAND 1941 See more »

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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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rarely seen post-war English drama
22 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This small gem of a thriller is set in the ambiguous battleground of Northern Ireland during World War Two, where a hotheaded young Irish patriot (i.e. terrorist) learns his older and wiser brother (a disenchanted ex-IRA soldier) has been suspected by his old comrades of duplicity. It may not be a classic, but the film offers plenty of action, some unobtrusive melodrama, and a script that never strays too far from the larger issues. The optimistic ending may ring false, but it at least provides a memorable punch line, when an Englishman and his Irish companion are shown celebrating their differences with a toast. Says the Britisher: "To England, where the situation is serious but never hopeless", to which the Irishman replies: "To Ireland, where the situation is hopeless but never serious."


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