Up 12,580 this week

Fools of Fortune (1990)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  22 June 1990 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.6/10 from 163 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 3 critic

A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.



, (novel)
0Check in

Fall TV: 15 Returning TV Shows Worth Binge Watching

Which returning shows do we recommend binging on? We've picked out 15 great options for you. Read this and more lists in our Fall TV section.

Read our list

Related News

Mick Lally obituary
| The Guardian - TV News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 15 Nov 2011
a list of 394 titles
created 15 May 2014
a list of 10000 titles
created 01 Jun 2014
a list of 133 titles
created 1 month ago

Related Items

Search for "Fools of Fortune" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Fools of Fortune (1990)

Fools of Fortune (1990) on IMDb 5.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fools of Fortune.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tabloid (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: David Blair
Stars: Matthew Rhys, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, John Hurt
Limbo (1999)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A tangled triangle. In the rural South of the early 20th century, Miss Amelia is the town eccentric, selling corn liquor and dispensing medicine. She takes in her half-sister's son, a ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Callow
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Carradine, Cork Hubbert
Meeting Venus (1991)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A deliciously biting satire about both the world of Grand Opera and United Europe. A Hungarian conductor (Arestrup) attempts to mount a bold new production of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó
Stars: Glenn Close, Niels Arestrup, Kiri Te Kanawa
Slam Dance (1987)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An artist, framed for the murder of a woman, is drawn into a web of corruption, blackmail and deceit.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Tom Hulce, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Virginia Madsen
Class Action (1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Jeb Ward is an attorney who specializes in whistle blower, David vs. Goliath, type cases. He finds a client who is suing an auto company over a safety problem that has had a severe effect ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted
Stars: Gene Hackman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Colin Friels
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

As French colonial rule unravels in Tunisia, Paul is having an affair with nightclub singer Betty. An Arab teenager develops a crush on her. It seems he's Paul illegitimate son. As the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ridha Behi, Henri Vart
Stars: Jean Carmet, Patrick Bruel, Ida Di Benedetto
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Nick and Frank Starkey were both policemen. A scandal forced Nick to leave the force, now a serial killer has driven the police to take him back. A web that includes Frank's wife, bribery, ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Connor
Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Susan Sarandon
The Deceivers (1988)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Director: Nicholas Meyer
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Saeed Jaffrey, Shashi Kapoor
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Krzysztof Zanussi
Stars: Julian Sands, Renée Soutendijk, Maciej Robakiewicz
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Richard and Priscilla Parker's lives take a turn for the better when Eddy and Kay move into the house next door. Eddy's a risk taker and shows his new neighbours how to enjoy life at the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan J. Pakula
Stars: Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Kevin Spacey
White Sands (1992)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A small southwestern town sheriff finds a body in the desert with a suitcase and $500,000. He impersonates the man and stumbles into an FBI investigation.

Director: Roger Donaldson
Stars: Willem Dafoe, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Mickey Rourke


Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Quinton
Sean T. McClory ...
Young Willie Quinton
Frankie McCafferty ...
Tim Paddy
Ronnie Masterson ...
Mrs. Flynn
Tom Hickey ...
Father Kilgarrif
Mrs. Quinton
Geraldine Quinton (as Amy Hastings)
Hazel Flanagan ...
Deirdre Quinton
Mr. Quinton
Mick Lally ...
Mr. Derenzy
Johnny Lacy
P.G. Brady ...
Thin Man
Jimmy Keogh ...


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




PG-13 | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 June 1990 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A sors fogságában  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


£2,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


Willie Quinton: It hasn't always been easy to be an Irishman in Ireland.
See more »


Church Music, No. 1-2
Music by Walter Warren
De Wolfe Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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".

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
weird movie MaxineMastrantonio
Discuss Fools of Fortune (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: