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Poitín (1978)

 -  Drama  -  November 1978 (UK)
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A poteen maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardai in Connemara

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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 Fatharta ...
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Mick Lally ...
Garda sergeant (as Micheál Ó Maolallaí)
Seán Ó Coisdealbha ...
Óstóir
Tomás MacEoin ...
Amhránaí
Bairbre Uí Dhonncha ...
Bean
Colm Bairéad ...
Feirmeoir
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A poteen maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardai in Connemara

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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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Alcoholism and revenge in the West of Ireland.
3 August 1999 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Mícheál (Cusack) is an old poitín-maker, distilling illicit spirits near his isolated cottage. His resellers, the shifty Sleamhnam (Toibín) and his dull-witted sidekick, Labhcas (McCann) lose a consignment of poitín to the police, but daringly steal it back. Having told Mícheál that the bottles were lost, they see no need to inform him of their recovery and they pocket the proceeds of the sale for themselves. The fairly simple plot unwinds towards a somewhat predictable end, but it's not unsatisfying. The initial warmth and rustic cheeriness of the opening scenes is gradually replaced by a sense of menace, incoherent anger and hatred, showing the hardship of the lives of people in the West of Ireland at the time. The dialogue is entirely in Irish (Gaelic, not Hiberno-English) and in Cusack and McCann it's a chance to see two of Ireland's finest actors in rare screen perfomances. Worth a look.


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