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Arthur Dreifuss (adaptation)
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Release Date:
20 June 1963 (Italy) See more »
Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Q&A: Kathy Burke
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 15 April 2011, 4:08 PM, PDT)

Q&A: Kathy Burke
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 15 April 2011, 4:08 PM, PDT)

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Patrick McGoohan ... Thomas Crimmin

Sylvia Syms ... Kathleen
Walter Macken ... Regan
Dermot Kelly ... Donnelly
Jack Cunningham ... Chief Warder

Hilton Edwards ... Holy Healy
Philip O'Flynn ... Prison Governor
Leo McCabe ... Doctor Flyn
Norman Rodway ... Lavery
Marie Kean ... Mrs. O'Hara

Pauline Delaney ... Mickser's Wife
Geoffrey Golden ... 1st Customs Officer (as Geoff Golden)
Tom Irwin ... 2nd Customs Officer
Joseph O'Donnell ... Poet (as Joe O'Donnell)
Agnes Bernelle ... Meg
Iris Lawler ... Minna
Dominic Roche ... Prison Chaplain
Brian Hewitt-Jones ... Jenkinson
Arthur O'Sullivan ... Hangman ('Himself')

Aubrey Morris ... Silvertop
Eamonn Brennan ... Flaherty
Robert Bernal ... Mickser
Gerry Alexander ... Kelly

T.P. McKenna ... Walsh
Harry Brogan ... Dunlavin
Eric Gorman ... Neighbour

James Caffrey ... O'Connor (as Jimmy Caffrey)
John Cowley ... Cleary
John Welsh ... Carroll
Eddie Golden ... Reception Warder

David Kelly ... Reception Clerk
Frank O'Donovan ... Clancy
Desmond O'Neill ... O'Shaughnessy
Aiden Grennell ... Food Orderly
Derry Power ... Stretcher-Bearer
Brendan Cauldwell ... Shamrock Attendant
Pat Layde ... 1st Publican
Marie Conmee ... Publican Woman
Michael C. Hennessy ... 2nd Publican
James Brennan ... Old Patriot
Ronnie Walsh ... Irate Citizen
Charlie Roberts ... Dock Worker
Marcella Grimes ... Charwoman
Celia Salkeld ... Lavery's Assistant

Directed by
Arthur Dreifuss 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Brendan Behan  play
Arthur Dreifuss  adaptation
Arthur Dreifuss  screenplay
Jacqueline Sundstrom  adaptation

Produced by
Anthony Havelock-Allan .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Faris 
Cinematography by
Peter Hennessy 
Film Editing by
Gitta Zadek 
Art Direction by
Edward Marshall  (as Ted Marshall)
Costume Design by
Joyce Stoneman 
Makeup Department
Peter Armston .... makeup artist
Ivy Emmerton .... hairdresser
Production Management
Ronnie Bear .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Baird .... assistant director
Art Department
Josie MacAvin .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Ernie Cousins .... sound mixer
Stephen Dalby .... sound director
Alastair McIntyre .... dubbing editor (as Alistair McIntyre)
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Allwork .... camera operator
Gerry Anstiss .... assistant camera
Vincent Corcoran .... location photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joyce Stoneman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Ernie Grimsdale .... assistant editor
Location Management
Desmond Mackey .... location assistant
Music Department
Alexander Faris .... conductor
Kathleen O'Connor .... vocal arranger
Other crew
Hal Collins .... story editor
Kay Rawlings .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Condemned Man" - International (English title) (literal title)
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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating)

Did You Know?

The interior prison scenes were filmed in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol (jail), which is no longer in operation, and is open for tours by the public.See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I think the same sort of plot has been done better...., 23 December 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Quare Fellow" is a film about prisons--particularly focusing on capital punishment. It's all told from the viewpoint of a new prison guard (Patrick McGoohan) who has learned that his new job will include assisting in the executions. At first, this doesn't seem to bother him, as he sees his job as a public service and the men being killed had earned their fate. However, after meeting the wife of the man he's about to execute, doubts enter his mind--especially since her actions led to her husband committing murder.

The film is clearly anti-death penalty and shows the prison guards pretty uniformly despising it. Whether this is true in reality, I have no idea but the idea is interesting. The story is also told in a nice straight-forward manner--without a lot of melodrama and told almost documentary style. However, the film has a big weakness--you never really connect with the condemned nor is there much of a sense that you should feel sorry for the guy. Yes, no one likes capital punishment but this particularly case just doesn't seem all that compelling. As a result, it's a film that fails to connect on an emotional level and loses some of its impact as a result. A decent film but no more....and there are certainly better anti death penalty films.

By the way, the title apparently is a reference to the condemned man--called 'quare fellows' in the Irish prison system.

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