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
He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!
22 April 1965 (Argentina)
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Also Known As:
El soñador rebelde
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?
John Ford was keen on casting either Peter O'toole or Richard Harris in the lead. Sean O' Casey, on whose early life the movie is based, suggested the less starry Donal Donnelly or Norman Rodway for the part. See more
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
Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more
Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz