A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his "Da"). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father's spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not.

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Da
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Charlie
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Drumm
Karl Hayden ...
Young Charlie
Doreen Hepburn ...
Mother
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Boy Charlie
Ingrid Craigie ...
Polly
Joan O'Hara ...
Mrs. Prynne
Jill Doyle ...
Mary 'The Yellow Peril'
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Young Oliver
Maurice O'Donoghue ...
Older Oliver
Amiee Clark ...
Danielle
Frank McDonald ...
'Cat' McDonald
Marie Conmee ...
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Ronan Wilmot ...
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A New York playwright is summoned to Ireland to bury his father (his "Da"). While at his boyhood home, he encounters his father's spirit and relives memories both pleasant and not. Written by Dan <Weckerly@providentmutual.com>

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July 1988 (USA)  »

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Exorcizando o Passado  »

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Barnard Hughes won the 1978 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Da" for portraying the title role and recreating it in the movie version. See more »

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Charlie: [to his father's ghost] You worked for 58 years, 9 hours a day, in a garden so steep a horse couldn't climb it. And when they let you go, with a pension of 10 shillings a week, you did handsprings of joy because it came from "The Quality." You spent your life sitting on brambles, and wouldn't move in case someone took your seat.
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not the best translation from stage to screen, but the scenery is nice
12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irish writer Hugh Leonard has made a career out of coming to terms with his father's death, writing first a book and then a theatrical play about the experience, and now a screen adaptation of the same play, each of them an unashamedly sentimental vehicle for his memories of the proud but playful old man. Of the three it probably works best on screen, where the episodic timeline and playful unreality of the script are better served by creative editing, and by some handsome location photography (in the Irish seaside village of Dalkey). Martin Sheen, fatally miscast, portrays the expatriate Irishman who returns to the Shamrock Shores to bury the body and memory of his father, but not before trading some serio-comic banter with the old man's spirit and reviewing with him the key episodes of their life together. The screen version makes little attempt to camouflage the awkward stage dialogue, but does at least serve it with a gentle air of whimsy and plenty of local brogue. Barnard Hughes recreates his award-winning performance in the title role, but the entire cast is upstaged by a pet dog with an aversion to the Catholic Church.


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