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Young Cassidy (1965)

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Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an ... See full summary »

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(screenplay), (autobiography "Mirror in My House")
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Lady Gregory
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Mrs. Cassidy
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Archie
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Julie Ross ...
Sara
Robin Sumner ...
Michael
Philip O'Flynn ...
Mick Mullen (as Phillip O'Flynn)
Pauline Delaney ...
Bessie Ballynoy (as Pauline Delany)
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Foreman
Joe Lynch ...
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Biographical drama based on the early life of playwright Sean O'Casey, depicting his rise from the 1910 Dublin slums to the celebrated openings of his early plays. Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist whose ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past. Written by alfiehitchie

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He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!

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22 April 1965 (Argentina)  »

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In an interview Jack Cardiff said that only four minutes and five seconds of the footage shot by John Ford ended up in the finished film. The riot scene was cited by critics as the obvious work of Ford, yet it was completely done by Cardiff who admitted that he found inspiration from Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

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The story is set around 1910. One hour into the story a horse and carriage pass by. A 1960s-era car is seen turning at an intersection where it just came from. See more »

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Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more »

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Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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Artistic handling, good cast, but a fatigued melodrama...
15 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The life story of Dublin playwright Sean O'Casey (here called Johnny Cassidy!) has a sweeping, arty direction by Jack Cardiff, with assistance from John Ford, but it is full of characters who fail to come to life despite a sterling cast of players. Adapted from O'Casey's autobiography "Mirror in My House", film is saddled with too much melodrama and sideline romances. The location filming is excellent, and Maggie Smith gives a standout performance as a spinster bookseller, but there's not enough heart in the handling. In the lead, Rod Taylor brings his rugged handsomeness to the screen but little else. *1/2 from ****


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