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Michael Lamb
Harry Towb ...
Priest
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Owen Kane
Frances Tomelty ...
Mrs. Kane
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Brother Benedict
Ronan Wilmot ...
Brother Fintan
Denis Carey ...
Mr. Lamb
Eileen Kennally ...
Neighbour Woman
David Gorry ...
O'Donnell
Andrew Pickering ...
Murphy
Stuart O'Connor ...
O'Holloran
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Maguire
Bernadette McKenna ...
Jeweller's Assistant
Jessica Saunders ...
Bank Teller on Boat
Robert Hamilton ...
Stranger at Holyhead
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The film was made and released about five years after its source novel of the same name by Bernard MacLaverty had been first published in 1980. MacLaverty also penned the screenplay for the movie. See more »

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Symphony No. 9
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Unique and Beautiful Film
2 October 2004 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

It has been a while since I first saw Lamb - but I remember being struck by its sensitivity and compassion. This is not for those looking for a chick-flick/action movie/happy-ever-after type of film. For those that are prepared to be a bit more challenged, make sure to watch it. It will grab your heart-strings and won't let go.

Both Liam Neeson and Hugh O'Connor put in great performances and considering the age of young Hugh O'Connor he is pretty amazing in the role of Eoin. Liam Neeson has stated that it is one of his own particular favourites.

Enjoy.


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