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The Playboys (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 22 April 1992 (USA)
A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and ... See full summary »

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Constable Brendan Hegarty
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Tom Casey
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Tara Maguire
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Freddie
Alan Devlin ...
Malone
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Brigid Maguire
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Joe Cassidy
Stella McCusker ...
Rachel
Niall Buggy ...
Denzil
Anna Livia Ryan ...
Vonnie
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Mick
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Ryan / John Joe
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
Mrs. Smith the Blind Lady
Doreen Hepburn ...
Nualla Ryan
Kilian McKenna ...
Sean
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A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and every man in town desires her, especially Sergeant Hegarty (Albert Finney). The arrival of a dramatic troupe stirs things up even more, especially when she falls in love with one of the "Playboys", Tom Casey (Aidan Quinn). Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of sensuality and brief, strong violence | See all certifications »
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22 April 1992 (USA)  »

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$4,906,900 (USA)
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The extracts from the traveling players' production of "Othello" contain several parallels with the main storyline. See more »

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A shallow soap opera disguised as a dramatic movie
6 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As is, this movie is loosely a romantic comedy which tries desperately to inject drama into a shallow, unconvincing plot. The story centers around the plight of a woman who has a child out of wedlock in a small Irish village in the 1950s. Instead of exploring the realistic spectrum of human behavior that could arise in such a situation, it relies on stale caricatures. It spends a lot of screen time trying to show how hypocritical all the village folk are as they look down on this poor single mother yet indulge in bad behavior every chance they get. For as we all know from watching many Hollywood movies, in the 1950s the world was ruled by silly hypocritical cavemen who forced their oppressive, outdated morality on the enlightened young'uns.

The main characters are not especially likable and when the single mother develops a new love interest, the plot fails to give a convincing reason why the couple would care about each other (beyond lust). That makes it very hard to care what happens.

Honestly, some people might think this movie is OK, but very few people will love it. The acting is decent, but the plot is just so uninspired and built around unrealistic clichés that it doesn't connect with the heart.


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