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(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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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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Final theatrical feature film directed by actor-writer-director John Huston.
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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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The film was a family affair for the Huston. Father John Huston directed the movie, daughter Anjelica Huston acted and starred in the movie, whilst son Tony Huston penned the screenplay for the picture.
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The film was made and released about 73 years after its source short story of the same name by James Joyce had been first published in his "Dubliners" collection in 1914.
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The picture debuted theatrically post-humously after the film's director John Huston had passed away.
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Fifth and final of five collaborations of music composer Alex North and film director John Huston. The movies are The Misfits (1961), Wise Blood (1979), Under the Volcano (1984), Prizzi's Honor (1985), and The Dead (1987).
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Debut produced screenplay for a cinema movie of Tony Huston (I)' who is the son of the film's director 'John Huston'. The picture remains [to date, October 2015], the first, final, and only ever produced screenplay for a theatrical feature film for Tony Huston.
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Third and final of three collaborations of father and son, director John Huston and Tony Huston, respectively, with the latter penning the screenplay for this film, and previously working on John Huston's earlier films, as an uncredited second assistant director on Wise Blood (1979), and as a billed actor on The List of Adrian Messenger (1963). Each of the three films was made in a subsequent decade, one each in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
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Fifth and final collaboration of actress Anjelica Huston and director John Huston where the latter was a father who directed his daughter. The films include Casino Royale (1967), A Walk with Love and Death (1969), Sinful Davey (1969), Prizzi's Honor (1985) and _The Dead (1987)_. John Huston also co-wrote _Mr North_ in which Anjelica Huston making their output six collaborations in total.
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This major motion picture's opening title card reads: "Dublin 1904".
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The movie's cast featured two actors who were first named "Donal - Donal McCann and Donal Donnelly - as well as two actors who were last named "O'Herlihy" - Dan O'Herlihy and Cormac O'Herlihy. Both "Donal" and "O'Herlihy" are distinctly Irish names.
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"The Dead" (1914) is the final short-story in source Irish poet and novelist James Joyce's "Dubliners" (1914) collection anthology.
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The film's opening credits dedication dedicates the movie "For Marcela".
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The word-count of the film's 1914 source short story of the same name by James Joyce totals to 15,672 words.
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The picture's closing credits declare that "this film was made on location in Valencia, California and Dublin Ireland".
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The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards - for Best Costume Design and Best Adapted Screenplay - but failed to take home an Oscar in either category.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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John Huston was too ill to film in Dublin and all the Irish scenes were filmed by the second unit.
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During the mid 70's,Joseph Losey had planned to film James Joyce's " Dubliners " from which this story comes, and had hoped for Trevor Howard and Robert Shaw to star.
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The film's source short story by James Joyce is described by the DVD's sleeve notes as "perhaps one of the greatest pieces of English language literature".
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According to the film's DVD sleeve notes the movie had an "all-Irish cast" whilst according to show-business trade paper 'Variety' the picture had "virtually [an] all-Irish cast".
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