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

  (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
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Directed by
Arthur Dreifuss  (as Arthur Dreyfuss)
 
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
 
Music Department
Alexander Faris .... conductor
Kathleen O'Connor .... vocal arranger
 
Other crew
Hal Collins .... story editor
Desmond Mackey .... location assistant
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 »
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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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10 out of 11 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 after 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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