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22 April 1992 (USA) See more »
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)
Location Management
Mark Huffam .... location manager
Other crew
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Wuthering Heights (1939)See more »


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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A band of strolling players are we!, 7 June 2003
Author: emuir-1 from United States

This film was billed as a drama. You could have fooled me. The productions of the travelling group of thespians are the funniest things I have ever seen.

Forget the plot about the young unwed mother with two suitors and just watch the hilarious performances of the rag-tag travelling gypsy players who tour Ireland performing in a threadbare tent, led by the flamboyant actor manager played with gusto by Milo O'Shea. For those of you who are not familiar with this great Irish stage actor, Mr. O'Shea played Sam Malone's Irish Uncle in the Woody's Wedding two-part episode of Cheers, on TV.

The troupe of players are not above changing the script to accommodate whatever actors or costumes are available, and they open up with a song and dance act, no matter what the play. Lines are read from cue cards, and even made up as they go along. Even Othello begins with a can can. You will never be able to watch Gone with the Wind with a straight face again after you have seen it performed as a musical in a tent in a small Irish town. I have not laughed as much since I saw the theatrical troupe in a Midsummer Night's Dream.

The lead actors, Robin Wright and Aidan Quinn make an attractive couple, and Albert Finney does well as the heavy, but it is the players who make this movie such a joy.

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