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The Dawning (1988)

An I.R.A. gunman on the run from the government. He meets up with an idealistic young woman and attempts to win her support for his cause.




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Complete credited cast:
Ronnie Masterson ...
John Rogan ...
Mr. Carroll
Joan O'Hara ...
Charmian May ...
Celia Brabazon
George Brabazon
Mark O'Regan ...
Joe Mulhare
Brendan Laird ...
Tommy Roche
Capt. Rankin
Geoffrey Greenhill ...
Cpl. Tweedie


An I.R.A. gunman on the run from the government. He meets up with an idealistic young woman and attempts to win her support for his cause.

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His war will never end. Her love will never die.


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25 November 1988 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Der Fremde am Strand  »

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Nancy Gulliver: [screaming to Harry, who's just walked out] I'll have done it by your age!
Aunt Mary: [walking in] Done what dear?
Nancy Gulliver: Got my degree.
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References Riders to the Sea (1935) See more »

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For Anthony Hopkins Fans Only
17 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

In the minor genre of films about the Irish Revolution, there is a very small sub-genre of romances projected on to the backdrop of the Troubles. The best of these is of course "Ryan's Daughter", the average is "Cal" and the absolute worst is this turkey, "The Dawning." TD treats the huge turmoil of Ireland during the War of Independence as fodder for the self-absorption of a ditsy eighteen-yr-old. The script makes a big point early in the film about how much the heroine resents being considered immature, and then spends the rest of the movie showing that's exactly what she is. Frankly, she comes off as being more like a high school girl than a young woman about to leave for college. I got tired of this character very quickly, and soon found myself getting bored every time Hopkins wasn't on the screen. It did occur to me to wonder if the writer had written the character this way deliberately but if so, it was a very odd dramatic strategy; there was no real growth in the girl over the course of the movie.

The one bright spot in TD is Anthony Hopkin's performance which is pretty good (especially considering how little he had to work with). If you're a big fan of AH, this flick might be worth your time; otherwise, give it a miss.

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