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The Dead (1987) Poster

(1987)

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The final shot is not of Ireland, but of snow falling in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
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John Huston's final directorial effort.
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The character Mr. Grace does not appear in Joyce's original story. He is an invention of John and Tony Huston's, and was chiefly included so as to permit a reading of the eighth-century Irish poem Donal Og ("Young Donal"). Although it represents a departure from Joyce's text, the poem is nonetheless appropriate to the story's themes: like the song "The Lass of Aughrim" that follows it, "Donal Og" deals with the suffering that love can bring to young women...just as it has for Gretta.
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In the February 1988 issue of 'Film Comment,' critic Stephen Harvey put this film on his Ten Best Films of 1987 list.
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