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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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 ...
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Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Arty
Seamus Forde ...
Mr. Morton
Edward Byrne ...
Skeffington Sr
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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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Cal - Memórias de um Terrorista  »

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The film was entered to screen in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984. See more »

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When Cal and his father sit on the bed his father has a cup of tea with a spoon. He takes the teabag out with the spoon and puts the spoon on the table. In the next shot the spoon is in the cup. See more »

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Marcella: Would you die for me?
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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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