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Playboy of the Western World (1963)

A quiet little village, and especially a pretty young woman, falls under the spell of a charming, somewhat roguish stranger who suddenly appears one day.
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Siobhan McKenna ...
Pegeen Mike
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The Playboy (Christy Mahon)
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Widow Quin
Michael O'Brian ...
Shawn Keogh
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Michael James
Brendan Cauldwell ...
Jimmy Farrell
John Welsh ...
Philly Cullen
Niall MacGinnis ...
Old Mahon
Eithne Lydon ...
Susan
Finnuala O'Shannon ...
Sara
Anne Brogan ...
Nelly
Katie Fitzroy ...
Honor
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A quiet little village, and especially a pretty young woman, falls under the spell of a charming, somewhat roguish stranger who suddenly appears one day.

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Superb
21 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Synge's masterpiece, superbly acted and ingeniously shot. I regret the cuts in Act III, but they were necessary. Siobhan McKenna was one of the stars of the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and an outstanding actress -- her Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and St. Joan in Shaw's play of the same name are available in audio book format, and are highly recommended. Though the great Cyril Cusack played the role of Christy Mahon -- the title character in Synge's play -- at the Abbey Theatre, I can't imagine anyone better suited for the role than Gary Raymond, McKenna's costar in this movie version. The entire cast is excellent, and the brogue is never too thick to be plainly intelligible to American ears. It's a shame this film is not available on DVD.


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