A poitín maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardaí in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

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Michil
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Labhrás
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Sleamhnan
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ...
Máire
Tom Sailí Ó Flaithearta ...
Marcus (as Tomás Ó Flatharta)
Macdara Ó Fátharta ...
Garda
Mick Lally ...
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Seán Ó Coisdealbha ...
Óstóir
Tomás MacEoin ...
Amhránaí
Bairbre Uí Dhonncha ...
Bean
Colm Bairéad ...
Feirmeoir
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A poitín maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardaí in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

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November 1978 (UK)  »

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Poteen  »

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The film caused a bit of controversy when released. Some people on the west coast of Ireland were appalled at how their lifestyle was displayed as backward, simple-minded and down right rough in appearance. One scene of the film that was the focus of much of the controversy was the 'spud fight' or 'Troid Pratai' scene, which seemed to set in stone negative stereotype that was held on the people of Ireland, but no more so on the west of the country where the film itself was set. See more »

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Featured in Irish Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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New digitally remastered version of Poitin
13 August 2007 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Poitin has been digitally remastered and a new 35mm print produced by Framestore in London and Windmill lane in Dublin. A music score has been composed by Bill Whelan (composer of Riverdance). Originally there was no music used in the film - apart from one brief interjection of Arabic music from a radio. The new version was premiered this Summer at the Galway Film Fleadh (12th July 2007), exactly thirty years after the film was shot in Conamara. Niall Toibin, the survivor of the trio of imported actors (Cusack & McCann were the two others), was guest of honor. In September the film is to start doing the rounds of Festivals. A DVD of the new film will be made available soon. The old version is available from the Cinegael website.


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