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The Irishman (1978)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ...
Michael Doolan
Jenny Doolan
Lou Brown ...
Will Doolan
Tui Bow ...
Granny Doolan
Andrew McGuire ...
Grandpa Doolan
Gerard Kennedy ...
Chad Ingram
Tony Barry ...
Rob Dalgliesh
Marcella Burgoyne ...
Mrs. Dalgleish
Eric Haywood
Vincent Ball ...
Bailey Clark
Roberta Grant ...
Mrs. Bailey Clark
Roger Ward ...
Kevin Quilty
John Clayton ...
Sam Brookes
Tim Robertson ...
Bill Bryant


The Doolan family are trying to make a go in the freight hauling business in Queensland, Australia. The problem is it's the 1920's, the Doolans use horses and motorized vehicles can do it faster. The proud father Paddy has difficulty accepting change.

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From the award winning best seller a very special motion picture See more »


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Release Date:

28 February 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El irlandés  »

Box Office


AUD 767,000 (estimated)

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'The Scotsman' Sean Connery was touted as playing 'The Irishman' in this movie but the producers weren't even able to contact Connery's agent to send him the script. 'The Irishman' Paddy Doolan ended up being played by Michael Craig who coincidentally is of Scots heritage. See more »


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a lost Australian epic
22 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What a gorgeous EPIC film! This is one of the Australian Film Industry's most beautifully made really BIG films of the 70s...and also one of its almost completely forgotten. Made at a time when there were many period piece films THE IRISHMAN is actually the very best of them. Somewhere between Picnic At hanging Rock and Gallipoli Australia musty have produced 20 horsey movies set in the country. Sadly, in its day, it was just another film, but seen apart from the mob, this one is the most perfectly photographed, heartfelt, optimistic and realistic family features made in this country. Unrelentingly exquisite to watch, with engaging and genuine characters and a sensational cast, THE IRISHMAN is the one Australian film from the late 70s that deserves a major re discovery. A widescreen DVD of this film will be late entry masterpiece into everyone's collection. Apparently the archive in Australia is about to produce a new 35mm print and I can only say it will be one of their most satisfying parts of the collection possible. It may not be available internationally for a while, but collectors from the US and UK and European countries should track this down and buy a copy. One day.

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