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The Quare Fellow -- In 1962, legendary Irish playwright Brendan Behan's incendiary insider's look at life on death row, THE QUARE FELLOW, was adapted for the screen. A zealous rookie prison guard, Thomas Crimmin (Patrick McGoohan), arrives at a crumbling correctional facility where inmates and turnkeys alike anxiously await a man's imminent trip to the gallows. Though the condemned (called the "quare fellow" in Hibernian jailhouse slang) remains unseen, the cruelty of the brutal murder that has marked his days and the system that would take a life for a life are both keenly felt. Under the tutelage of a retiring guard, and via a chance liaison with Kathleen (Sylvia Syms), a woman with a deep connection to both the man awaiting execution and the crime of passion he committed, Crimmin's duty-bound veneer erodes and the tragedy of state-sanctioned murder threatens to claim more than just the life of the guilty.

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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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(2 articles)
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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Not much like the play See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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

Aubrey Morris ... Silvertop
Eamonn Brennan ... Flaherty
Robert Bernal ... Mickser
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gerry Alexander ... Kelly
James Brennan ... Old Patriot
Harry Brogan ... Dunlavin

James Caffrey ... O'Connor (as Jimmy Caffrey)
Brendan Cauldwell ... Shamrock Attendant
Marie Conmee ... Publican Woman
John Cowley ... Cleary
Eddie Golden ... Reception Warder
Eric Gorman ... Neighbour
Aiden Grennell ... Food Orderly
Marcella Grimes ... Charwoman
Michael C. Hennessy ... 2nd Publican

David Kelly ... Reception Clerk
Pat Layde ... 1st Publican

T.P. McKenna ... Walsh
Frank O'Donovan ... Clancy
Desmond O'Neill ... O'Shaughnessy
Derry Power ... Stretcher-Bearer
Charlie Roberts ... Dock Worker
Celia Salkeld ... Lavery's Assistant
Ronnie Walsh ... Irate Citizen
John Welsh ... Carroll

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
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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Trivia:
First film of Aubrey Morris.See more »

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9 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Not much like the play, 5 December 2001
Author: Isildurs Bane from Oberlin, OH

I made the mistake of expecting this film to be pretty faithful to Brendan Behan's play. Instead the moviemakers added so much as to lose very much the play's essence. I gave the movie a 6, because what they did do was decent otherwise. But please, go watch the play live or else read it.

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