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The Night Fighters (1960)

A Terrible Beauty (original title)
In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermott O'Neil (Robert Mitchum) finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dermot O'Neill
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Sean Reilly
Anne Heywood ...
Neeve Donnelly
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Don McGinnis
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Jimmy Hannafin
Niall MacGinnis ...
Ned O'Neill (Dermot's brother) (as Niall McGinnis)
Marianne Benet ...
Bella O'Neill (Dermont's sister)
Christopher Rhodes ...
Tim Malone
Harry Brogan ...
Patrick O'Neill
Eileen Crowe ...
Mrs. Kathleen O'Neill
Joe Lynch ...
Seamus
Marie Kean ...
Mrs. Matia Devlin (the publican)
Geoffrey Golden ...
Sgt. Crawley
Eddie Golden ...
Johnny Corrigan (as Edward Golden)
Wilfred Downing ...
Quinn
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In Ireland, it's 1941 and Irish Republicans have made a tentative bond with Nazi Germany to help Ireland in its never-ending struggle with Great Britain. A small cell of IRA soldiers is recruited in one village, under the flimsy leadership of the morally and physically lame Don McGinnis. Among the new recruits is Dermot O'Neill, who wants to free Ireland from Britain, but is not as convinced of the means as are his colleagues. McGinnis, in love with Dermot's sister, who spurns him, means to prove himself through violence, even though he's not able due to his disability to participate in the raids he sends Dermot and others on. On one such raid, Dermot and his pal Sean Reilly are separated from the squad. Dermot helps the wounded Sean to safety, but when Sean returns to their village and is captured, Dermot must decide whether his duty lies with the cause, with Ireland, or with his own humanity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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17 June 1960 (West Germany)  »

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The title "A Terrible Beauty " comes from a line in a W.B. Yeats poem. See more »

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Dermot: Sometimes I think the I.R.A. was invented by a manufacturer of trench coats to keep up sales.
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Could have been better
15 October 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum is an irish-man who joins the IRA during the WW2 era. They plan to fight the British while they're occupied with the Germans. Could have been a much better movie if the people didn't act so one- dimensional. I almost yawned a few times.

Where I saw it: Showtime Extreme (ironic, i know)

My grade: C-


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