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Fools of Fortune (1990)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 22 June 1990 (UK)
A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.

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Willie Quinton
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Marianne
Sean T. McClory ...
Young Willie Quinton
Frankie McCafferty ...
Tim Paddy
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Josephine
Ronnie Masterson ...
Mrs. Flynn
Tom Hickey ...
Father Kilgarrif
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Mrs. Quinton
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Geraldine Quinton (as Amy Hastings)
Hazel Flanagan ...
Deirdre Quinton
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Mr. Quinton
Mick Lally ...
Mr. Derenzy
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Johnny Lacy
P.G. Brady ...
Thin Man
Jimmy Keogh ...
O'Neill
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This an intensely moving story of young love set in 1918 rural Ireland. We see how three generations of the same family are shattered by the Anglo-Irish conflict. 'Fools of Fortune' takes place on the huge estate of the Quintons. Sheltered from the economic and political travails all around them, they are shocked into the real world when one of their workers is ritualistically murdered. Previously noncommittal, the family is thrust into the middle of the struggle. After a deadly confrontation in which most of his loved ones are killed, young Willie vows revenge and embarks on a journey of political intrigue, love and self exile. Written by iainglen.com

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22 June 1990 (UK)  »

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A sors fogságában  »

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£2,500,000 (estimated)
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Willie Quinton: It hasn't always been easy to be an Irishman in Ireland.
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A lonely man
6 November 2002 | by (Manresa, Catalonia) – See all my reviews

"Fools of Fortune" tells the story of a child whose parents are murdered during in a conflict with the British army in Ireland and his home is inflamed. The movie shows his loneliness and misfortunes while he is growing, but the plot is a little simple, the rhythm is slow and it doesn't get to be entertaining.

In this film we can see the usual characteristics of the movies directed by Pat O'Connor: good cinematography, great landscapes and the plot about feelings; but these were used with more success in "Circle of Friends", "Dancing at Lughnasa" and (in my opinion, his best film) "Inventing the Abbotts".


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