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Writers:
Brendan Behan (play)
Arthur Dreifuss (adaptation)
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Release Date:
20 June 1963 (Italy) See more »
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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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Cast

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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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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating)

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First film of Aubrey Morris.See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't pull any punches, 17 July 2009
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"The Quare Fellow" is a 1962 film starring Patrick McGoohan and Sylvia Syms. Based on the play by Brendan Beehan, it is not faithful to the source. If you know the play, you will probably be disappointed.

McGoohan plays Thomas Crimmon, a new guard at a prison - he's young, devoted to the law, and believes in his work. He soon finds his belief challenged. He meets a woman, Kathleen, (the beautiful Sylvia Syms) with whom he becomes smitten almost immediately. She is trying to get her husband a stay of execution and not having much luck. It turns out that she and Thomas live in the same rooming house, and the two are attracted to one another. She appeals to him to help her get a stay- will he? Thomas goes to a senior guard, Regan (Thomas Macken) to ask for his help and guidance.

This is a hard-hitting film about capital punishment. It shows men digging the grave, the hangman going in to see the prisoner as someone else so he can observe the size of his neck, etc. It's pretty gruesome stuff.

The entire atmosphere is depressing. The performances are wonderful. McGoohan, whom most of us know as an assured, smart man, here is young and naive. He is excellent. Syms is compelling as Kathleen. Thomas Macken as Regan is a real standout as a humanitarian guard who has seen too many hangings.

"The Quare Fellow" - and quare means a man about to be executed - is not a film to watch if you're feeling down. It's a strong indictment against capital punishment and very well done. But watching a movie that takes place in a dank prison, a bar, and cheap lodgings where people talk about death makes for a real downer. Still, it's a good movie.

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