The Dawning (1988)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  25 November 1988 (Ireland)
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An IRA 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:
Cassius / Angus Barrie
Aunt Mary
Ronnie Masterson ...
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Mr. Carroll
Joan O'Hara ...
Charmian May ...
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Ann Way ...
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Cpl. Tweedie


An IRA 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)  »

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Der Fremde am Strand  »

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Final theatrical feature film of English actor Trevor Howard. See more »


Nancy Gulliver: I shall call you Cassius.
Cassius aka Angus Barrie: Cassius, why?
Nancy Gulliver: Because you have a mean and hungry look!
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References Riders to the Sea (1935) See more »

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Another Enjoyable Look at Irish History.
9 May 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Anthony Hopkins has a truly magnificent range as an actor. In 'The Dawning' he plays a member of the Irish landed-gentry whose destiny has become inextricably connected to the independence of all Ireland from British Rule, circa. 1920. This commitment sees him on the run from the British after perpetrating numerous acts of violence to achieve this end and returning to his old stamping grounds; perhaps for reasons of nostalgia, perhaps to seek his final resting place. Rebecca Pidgeon gives a sensitive portrayal of an orphan girl about to enter womanhood who is searching for an identity from somewhere in a past obscured by lack of information from those responsible for her upbringing. That she should stumble upon Anthony Hopkins in hiding seems inevitable and that their relationship should throw up unresolved ambiguities is of course central to the narrative. The acting is very good and the Irish locations absolutely stunning. But those looking for some historical clarification of the times are bound to be disappointed. This is a film of acute characterizations, and the incidents and events depicted in the film are merely props to support the interaction between Hopkins and Pidgeon. It's also a film with almost no Irish actors in the cast and to my mind this has rendered it a touch colorless and lacking authenticity. But it's a very watchable film and I've given it 7 out of 10.

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