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Hush-a-Bye Baby (1990)

A pregnant Irish girl tries to contact her boyfriend in British prison but her letters are not allowed through to him because she writes in Irish.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emer McCourt ...
Goretti Friel
Michael Liebmann ...
Ciarán (as Michael Liebman)
Cathy Casey ...
Julie Marie Reynolds ...
Rosina Brown ...
Mrs. Friel
Seamus Ball ...
Mr. Friel
Julie McDonald ...
Marie Jones ...
Mrs. McGuigan
Alan Howley ...
David Coyle ...
Father Devine
Brenda Winter ...
Seán Doherty ...
Irish-speaking soldier
Brendan Mac Gabhann ...
Irish teacher
Irene Bates ...
Bean an tí


Gorreti begins a romance with Ciaran, at her evening Irish-language class. When Ciaran is arrested by the British army, Goretti realises that she is pregnant and her world begins to crumble. She desperately tries to contact Ciaran in prison but, since she writes in Irish, her letters are not allowed through to him. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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8 April 1992 (France)  »

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12 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie a few weeks ago for a class on Irish film and literature. It is truly bizarre. Has anyone seen this movie? The scene when shes miscarrying? (or having the baby you can't really tell) the use of the virgin Mary image and the supposed miracle of the "moving statues"?

That was a real thing that happened at that time you know? Supposivly the virgin Mary was appearing a lot and the statues moved or something. I'm not religious but the idea is interesting.

It's kind of a feminist film...

There are three definite scenes of the protagonist and the virgin Mary closely inter cut. Actually a lot of the editing techniques used were actually the techniques most often used in horror film. The final miscarriage birth sequence actually seemed really similar to the chest burster scene in aliens!

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