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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Constable Brendan Hegarty

Aidan Quinn ... Tom Casey

Robin Wright ... Tara Maguire

Milo O'Shea ... Freddie
Alan Devlin ... Malone

Niamh Cusack ... Brigid Maguire

Ian McElhinney ... Joe Cassidy
Stella McCusker ... Rachel
Niall Buggy ... Denzil
Anna Livia Ryan ... Vonnie

Adrian Dunbar ... Mick

Lorcan Cranitch ... Ryan / John Joe
Aine Ni Mhuiri ... Mrs. Smith the Blind Lady
Doreen Hepburn ... Nualla Ryan
Kilian McKenna ... Sean
Michèle Forbes ... Maggie Rudden (as Michele Forbes)
P.J. Brady ... McMahon

Tony Rohr ... Kelly
Niall O'Brien ... Police Superintendant

Pat Laffan ... Duffy
Brian O'Leary ... Timmy

Stephen Holland ... Ritchie
Jimmy Keogh ... Liam
Shane Connaughton ... Customs Officer
Peter Morris ... Jimmy, Tara's Baby
James Morris ... Jimmy, Tara's Baby

Directed by
Gillies MacKinnon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Shane Connaughton 
Kerry Crabbe 

Produced by
William P. Cartlidge .... producer
Simon Perry .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Claude Petit 
Cinematography by
Jack Conroy 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Dixon 
Casting by
Pam Dixon 
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Andy Harris 
Art Direction by
Arden Gantly 
Costume Design by
Consolata Boyle 
Makeup Department
Rosie Blackmore .... makeup department head
Carole Dunne .... hair stylist
Jennifer Hegarty .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gemma Fallon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Carreras .... first assistant director
Seamus Collins .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Doyle .... plasterer
Maurice Jones .... property master
Bairbre Murray .... art department trainee
Sound Department
Alan Bell .... sound editor
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recordist (as Gary Humphreys)
Peter Lindsay .... sound engineer
Mervyn Moore .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Conor Coughlan .... special effects technician
Brendan Condren .... stunts
Joe Condren .... stunts
Patrick Condren .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Butler .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... assistant camera
John Conroy .... clapper loader
Con Dempsey .... gaffer
Brian Sheridan .... best boy
Des Whelan .... camera operator: "a" camera
Editorial Department
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative
David Block .... colorist (uncredited)
Other crew
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Mark Huffam .... location manager
David Kerney .... production accountant

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Rated PG-13 for scenes of sensuality and brief, strong violence
117 min | Argentina:109 min | Spain:108 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Annette Bening was originally going to play Tara but had to drop out because she was pregnant.See more »
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Features Wuthering Heights (1939)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A very beautiful Irish setting, a most somber Irish tale, 16 January 2007
Author: Amy Adler from Toledo, Ohio

It's 1957 and the setting is a small village in Ireland. Tara (Robin Wright Penn) lives with her sister and runs a tailoring/dressmaking shop. She has recently set the local tongues to wagging by having a baby out of wedlock and not naming the father. The town priest is encouraging her to look at Brendan (Albert Finney), a local police officer madly in love with her, as a possible husband. But, Tara is not in love with him and won't consider it. A second suitor actually commits suicide for the love of her, it is supposed. Only when a troupe of actors comes to town does Tara meet someone who interests her. That would be Tom (Aidan Quinn), a most friendly and engaging gentleman who stars in the troupe's productions. However, Brendan is most displeased to have a rival and thwarts Tom's attentions as best he can. Will Tara be able to find happiness? The Irish setting is beautiful, as no one can disguise the loveliness of the country. However, the story here is most somber. Life in this village is restrictive and sobering, with hardly a break, for anyone, from the harsh realities of life. Penn's Tara is a very worthy lady, who defies the odds to keep her son. Finney is wonderfully scary as the policeman who hounds Tara, day and night, to accept his hand. By contrast, Quinn's Tom is a breath of fresh air, with his good spirits and funny manners. If you wish to see Ireland, and can put up with a story of a depressing nature, this is a good view. For, although the tale is sad, it does have its moments and the scenery is a knockout. Just do not expect a mirthful tale, as depicted on the handsome box cover.

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