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Cal (1984)

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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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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Marcella
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Cal
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Shamie
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Skeffington
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Cyril Dunlop
Stevan Rimkus ...
Crilly
Catherine Gibson ...
Mrs. Morton
Louis Rolston ...
Dermot Ryan
Tom Hickey ...
Preacher
Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Arty
Seamus Forde ...
Mr. Morton
Edward Byrne ...
Skeffington Sr
J.J. Murphy ...
Man in Library
Audrey Johnson ...
Lucy
Brian Munn ...
Robert Morton
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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 <whitnall@rockroseweb.com>

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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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The third film that employed Mark Knopfler as composer. The first one was Local Hero (1983). See more »

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Cal buys a present and puts it in his coat pocket but it disappears as he continues to walk. See more »

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Skeffington: Not to act is to act. By doing nothing, you're keeping the Brits here.
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Moderately gripping until it becomes too depressing
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This story is truly a tragedy about Northern Ireland. The protagonist is Cal, a sensitive and aimless working-class Catholic youth in Ulster. Cal holds down various low-paying manual jobs during the day and at night, sometimes performs services for the Irish Republican Army, even though he's only a minor participant. In his most significant job, he becomes the getaway driver for the killer of a Protestant policeman, an assignment which upsets him greatly. A year later, he meets Marcella, a lonely, widowed librarian and becomes infatuated with her, and they drift into an affair. However, he learns to his horror that her late husband was the murdered policeman and can't bring himself to tell her. Meanwhile, both the law and the I.R.A. are beginning to close in on him. The film's intentions are good. It's an attempt to tell the story of ordinary people trapped in a place and time of political violence that damages everyone and everything around it, and forces people to make decisions that inevitably have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, there is too much tragedy, too much sadness, so much that it becomes hard to believe. The lead characters are a problem, too. The are weak and resigned people who can only evoke pity. You certainly cannot cheer them on like you could stronger people, the kinds of people who make good things happen for them. The result is tragedy overkill. Eventually, the viewer will also become resigned and glum.


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