Cal (1984)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, Romance  |  24 August 1984 (USA)
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Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.



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Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA. Written by Mark Whitnall <>

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Out of Ireland's struggle, a passionate love is born.


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24 August 1984 (USA)  »

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Cal - Memórias de um Terrorista  »

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IRA stands for the Irish Republican Army whilst RUC stands for the Royal Ulster Constabulary. See more »


When Cal goes to Marcella's bedroom the camera scans the room and there is no hat on a chair but when he walks into the room there is a hat on the chair. See more »


Skeffington: Not to act is to act. By doing nothing, you're keeping the Brits here.
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17 February 2008 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

A strangely and unhappily compelling film from the pen over the wildly over-rated Bernard MacLaverty. The script piles improbability on improbability but, given that its premise is so unlikely, perhaps that is the point, a kind of coincidental momentum of the poor and the bad.

Helen Mirren doesn't fare too well as an RUC widow - there are many Irish actresses who could have suited and played this role much more convincingly. John Lynch is fine, looks the part, capturing something of the long-haired, unwashed aesthetic of the hunger-strikers of the time. The best performance is easily by Donal McCann as Lynch's Da, greasily working up a sweat at the local slaughterhouse. Ray McAnally is wasted in a small part.

I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but it's an interesting addition to the Troubles archive. Some fine photography and backdrops go a long way towards salvaging a rotten script.

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