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A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Very serious, political drama, slick but realistic:great Christie! See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Iain Glen ... Willie Quinton

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio ... Marianne
Sean T. McClory ... Young Willie Quinton
Frankie McCafferty ... Tim Paddy

Niamh Cusack ... Josephine
Ronnie Masterson ... Mrs. Flynn
Tom Hickey ... Father Kilgarrif

Julie Christie ... Mrs. Quinton

Amy-Joyce Hastings ... Geraldine Quinton (as Amy Hastings)
Hazel Flanagan ... Deirdre Quinton

Michael Kitchen ... Mr. Quinton
Mick Lally ... Mr. Derenzy

John Kavanagh ... Johnny Lacy
P.G. Brady ... Thin Man
Jimmy Keogh ... O'Neill
Rosaleen Linehan ... Aunt Fitzeustace
Anita Reeves ... Aunt Pansy

Sean McGinley ... Doyle

Ian McElhinney ... Stranger
Sighle Toibin ... Sweeney

Neil Dudgeon ... Sergeant Rudkin
Enda Oates ... Soldier

Niall Toibin ... Lanigan
Seamus Forde ... O'Dwyer
Eileen Colgan ... Mrs. Woodcombe
Sheila Flitton ... Beggarwoman
Julia Deardon ... Shop Assistant

Johnny Murphy ... Mr. Sweeney
Pat Leavy ... Mrs. Sweeney
Catherine McFadden ... Imelda
Catherine Byrne ... Sister Rowan
Joanne Foley ... Teresa Shea
Trudi O'Shea ... Girl
Sheila O'Sullivan ... Nun
Brendan O'Donoghue ... Boy on Island (Age 6)
Diarmuid O'Conghaile ... Boy on Island (Age 10)

Carly Smithson ... Young Marianne (as Carly Hennessy)
Anne Marie Hannigan ... Young Geraldine
Susan Flanagan ... Young Deirdre
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Little Edy

Directed by
Pat O'Connor 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Hirst 
William Trevor  novel

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Graham Bradstreet .... executive producer
Caroline Hewitt .... associate producer
Sarah Radclyffe .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Zielinski 
Film Editing by
Michael Bradsell 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Jamie Leonard 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris 
Costume Design by
Judy Moorcroft 
Makeup Department
Miri Ben-Schlomo .... assistant makeup artist
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... hair stylist
Morag Ross .... makeup artist
Barbara Southcott .... assistant hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gay Brabazon .... second assistant director
Dougal Cousins .... trainee assistant director
Bill Craske .... first assistant director
Steven Mackin .... trainee assistant director
Margaret Moggan .... trainee assistant director
Lisa Mulcahy .... third assistant director
Robert Quinn .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Tina Brophy .... trainee props buyer
Jackie Butler .... carpenter
Larry Comerford .... plasterer
Barry Cunningham .... stand-by carpenter
Eddie Cunningham .... chargehand chippie (as Edward Cunningham)
Jerry Deegan .... carpenter
Mike Deegan .... construction manager
Mark Duff .... painter
Norman Duff .... painter
Paddy Dunne .... painter (as Pat Dunne)
George A. Fleming .... painter
Paul Fleming .... stand-by painter
Barry Gibb .... property master
Paddy Kearney .... plasterer
John Lamon .... carpenter
Miranda Melville .... set dresser
Owen Monaghan .... dressing prop
Tony Nicholson .... stand-by prop
Gerry O'Meara .... stagehand
Jimmy O'Meara .... stagehand
Christy O'Shaughnessy .... painter
Kevin O'Toole .... carpenter
Darryl Paterson .... dressing prop
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Jo Quigley .... stand-by stagehand
Dave Rath .... chargehand painter
Bobby Richardson .... painter
Phil Searls .... carpenter
Pat Short .... stagehand
Annie Siggins .... assistant art director
Ted Stickley .... dressing prop
Deren Wallace .... stand-by prop
Sound Department
Jack Armstrong .... boom operator
Campbell Askew .... dubbing editor
Kevin Brazier .... dialogue editor
Paco Hayes .... sound assistant
Pat Hayes .... sound recordist
Jim Howe .... assistant dialogue editor
Dominic Lester .... assistant dubbing mixer
Gerard McCann .... assistant dubbing editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Brian Warner .... special effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
David Appleby .... still photographer
Sophie Baker .... still photographer
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Louis Conroy .... gaffer
Paddy Corcoran .... rigger
Seamus Corcoran .... camera operator: second unit
Neil Crawford .... rigger
Sean Creagh .... electrician
Noel Cullen .... electrician
Con Dempsey .... best boy
Peter Dorney .... camera operator: second unit
Mona Faloughi .... focus puller: second unit
Jim Farrell .... electrician
David Fitzgerald .... focus puller: second unit
John Foster .... clapper loader
Mike Fox .... camera operator
Brendan Galvin .... clapper loader: second unit
Tony Garrett .... focus puller
Eamon Kelly .... stand-by rigger
Jackie Keogh .... chargehand rigger
Luke Quigley .... grip
Brian Sheridan .... generator operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Keith Morton .... wardrobe supervisor
Sue Quinn .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Graham Sutton .... first assistant editor
David Trent .... second assistant editor
Music Department
Tonia Davall .... music fixer
Julian Gordon-Hastings .... music recordist
John Mitchell .... musician: piano solo
Leslie Pearson .... musician: piano solo
Steve Price .... music recordist
Fiachra Trench .... conductor
Fiachra Trench .... music arranger
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Fiachra Trench .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jerry Cox .... driver
Gerry Fearon .... transportation captain
Paul Fearon .... driver
Austin Kelly .... driver
Matt Kelly .... driver
Willie Kelly .... driver
Tony Mullally .... driver
Maurice Thompson .... driver
Niall Thompson .... driver
John Wall .... driver
Dave Wilders .... driver
Jimmy Wilders .... driver
Other crew
Joss Agnew .... jobfit trainee
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Donal Caulfield .... trainee
Maura Dillon .... stand-in
Jonathan Finn .... production assistant
Austin Gaskin .... horse master
Teresa Gautly .... nurse
Howard Gibbins .... location manager
Marisa Guagenti .... contact: London
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Debra Hayward .... assistant to producer
Billy Hinshelwood .... legal service (as William Hinshelwood)
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant
Sarah Lucraft .... assistant accountant
John McDonnell .... location assistant
Pat McMahon .... armorer
Fiona Morham .... production coordinator
Kevin O'Shea .... insurance service
Willie Smith .... stand-in
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Colleen Woodcock .... unit publicist
Crew verified as complete

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Canada:104 min | USA:109 min
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Very serious, political drama, slick but realistic:great Christie!, 17 October 2013
Author: Alexander Ross from United States

Another underrated, little masterpiece, or, at least, gem, if you would, from a great, and, then, even young, and, hip, greatly promising new International auteur, Pat O'Connor, this "Fools for Fortune" (misleading title, perhaps!) is one one of those great movies, made with rather substantial budgets, and, on gorgeous sets and locations, with attention to details, and, featuring an exceptional, and, greatly affecting (real) story, narrated with a crisp, and very personal, emotional, rather visionary stylistic eye, from its great director, failed at the time to receive adequate attention or any particular success, especially in the US! And, this again, also despite featuring great performances, from the 3 main leads, in order of their importance to this story, a great Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (gorgeous, and, actually very believable, in a role, not exactly so suitable to her original background, and, who was also at the peak of her film's career, back then!), and, the always commanding , and, then also very hot Iain Glen, in one of his few main leading man's roles, and, also, last, but, certainly not least, even showcasing a real treat, offering, that is, an always formidable appearance, from an International, magnetic star, and, a true timeless icon, such as, the great Julie Christie! Yes, the movie may be harsh, melancholic, unforgiving, at times, even difficult to digest, since there's throughout a very heavy sense of grief, and decadence: the often affecting path of a solid family told in retrospective, like almost slowly, and painfully meditating over its ruins, its failed potentials, all doomed by causes that are external, and, not controllable by any of the members, even though, perhaps, at the very end, a new beginning, brought by a necessary new vision, and, wisdom, could finally bring some light, after all the darkness of those many years spent almost like struggling with a never ending, impossible "wall", and with its unfair politics, that are always way too big, than anything or anyone else involved with it! Nonetheless, this family, also because of their culture, and, sensibility, would always manage to keep its chin up, in fact, their integrity is, at the very end, what, of course, matters the most to the accomplishment of this great, and, at the same time, subtle, realistic period drama! So, that is also why, even though this was shot with a great style, and, certainly a solid budget, and, with always exceptional, technical contributes, including an impressive wide screen Panavision lensing, it still may not be one of those films, suitable for all audiences. Nor it wanted to be, i don't believe! It is rather one of those director's movies, made at a time, when a celebrated auteur had still rights to express his vision, and, even when depicting a quite larger scale type of family's saga! I won't even bother to describe the rather insightful, always heartfelt narration, and, its piercing story, because i feel it should be just watched, instead, and, understood, and, powerfully felt under your skin, since this is not Cinema of appearances, of surfaces, but, rather, a potent meditation over how political events, and, grief can affect the faith of a very wealthy, and, once happier, but blind folded family, and, on how the roots of madness (in the Julie Christie's character, here again, extremely potent) can predict disaster. Despite its perfect period reconstruction, its glossy cinematography, and, even a little too Hollywood alike music score, this movie still keeps its momentum intact, and, doesn't age, or loose any power, when seen almost 24 years later, after its original opening! It is for me completely passing the rather strict test of time! It was a powerful, and unique, large scale personal movie then, as much as it is now, still, but, it sadly reminds us all, beside its affecting, deeply tragic story, also, another upsetting dynamic: how, sometime, even in major International celebrated Cinema, great directors, like the Irish Pat O'Connor ( "Cal", made in 1981, with Helen Mirren, was also rather exceptional, revealing, and, for all the right reasons, its author, as one of the most interesting, and, upcoming, notable directors of his generation, while causing almost a stir, at the Cannes Film Festival of the same year, however, O'Connor hasn't been working in the right direction, or as steady, in way too many years, now!), or even how, exceptionally gifted actors like the gorgeous Mastrantonio, and the penetrating Iain Glein, with his strong, ambiguous glare, sadly have been almost forgotten in more recent years, or not used in films, as much as they could have, and should have been, instead! Thankfully, at least, the exceptional presence of Julie Christie still contributes today with her highly respected, well known name, and, always more rare, everlasting beauty, fame, and, intense acting, of course, one of the most recognizable, and solid assets, of this rather important, and prominent production, hopefully granting to the film, more visibility, at least, on cable and TV re-runs!

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