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(1984 TV Movie)

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The film was made and released about twenty-four years after its source novel of the same name by Edna O'Brien had been first published in 1960.
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Sam Neill's character is never called by any real personal name and is only ever known as "Mr. Gentleman".
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The movie's source novel "The Country Girls" (1960) by Edna O'Brien was banned by Ireland's classification authority the Irish Censorship Board with O'Brien's parish priest publicly burning copies of the book. O'Brien because of the public denouncement left Ireland.
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Actresses Jill Doyle and Maeve Germaine received 'introducing' credits.
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"The Country Girls" (1960) was the first novel of authoress Edna O'Brien.
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The movie's source novel "The Country Girls" (1960) by Edna O'Brien is the first of a trilogy of books known as "The Country Girls Trilogy", with the subsequent parts being "The Lonely Girl" (1962) and "Girls in Their Married Bliss" (1964). Later, around 1986-1987, all three stories were published in the one anthology with a new epilogue. Ironically, it was the novel's first sequel, "The Lonely Girl" (1962), that got filmed first, but under the different title of the Girl with Green Eyes (1964), with the film being also directed by the same director of The Country Girls (1984), Desmond Davis.
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Source author Edna O'Brien wrote the film's source novel "The Country Girls" (1960) in about three weeks.
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Actors Niall Toibin and John Kavanagh received 'guest star' credits.
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Third and final [to date, February 2015] of three collaborations of writer Edna O'Brien and director Desmond Davis. The earlier productions, both made for the cinema, were Girl with Green Eyes (1964) and Time Lost and Time Remembered (1966) (aka "Time Lost and Time Remembered"), the latter being based on O'Brien's short-story "A Woman by the Seaside".
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The film's source novel "The Country Girls" (1960) by Edna O'Brien was a best-seller, particularly in London and New York, and is considered to be a ground-breaking literary work that broke through social mores and sexual taboos in Ireland prior to World War II.
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