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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Courtney ...
Fiona
Pat Slowey ...
Priest
Dave Duffy ...
Jim
Declan Hannigan ...
Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ...
Barmaid
Eugene McHugh ...
Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini ...
Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally ...
Hugh
Eileen Colgan ...
Tess
Richard Sheridan ...
Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh ...
Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron ...
Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy ...
Flynn
...
Tadhg
Frankie McCafferty ...
Tim
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering The Secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt. Modified by Nancy Janelle. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>, <nanc66@gmail.com>

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Between land and sea there is a place where myths are real. See more »

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Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children | See all certifications »

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,101,600 (USA)
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When Fiona is painting the windowsill in the cabin on Roan Inish, you can clearly see that the paintbrush is dry. See more »

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Tess: Stuperstitious old man!
[goes to the fireplace to put out the peat-fire]
Tess: I rake this fire as the pure Christ rakes us all... with Mary at the foot and Brigid at the head. And may the eight brightest angels from the City of Grace preserve this house and all its people till the coming of the day.
[Crosses herself]
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A quiet, magical and elegant movie. Timeless
28 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened to rent "The Secret of Roan Inish," when it was first out on video and it has been one of the best movie finds. This movie tells a captivating story with beautiful scenes of Ireland. It looks so realistic to me for the Irish culture and home-life. This movie is very quiet but never boring. It does not jump up and grab your attention or startle you, it just gradually lays out a very magical yet timeless story. It is a story about love, found and lost, and a little girl who refuses to believe that she has lost a beloved family member. It is told through her magical eyes and the Irish background and characters that cross her path easily come to life. I watch this movie whenever I need to relax and just get away from the everyday craziness of life. It is well worth the time. This movie reminds me of, "The Winter Guest," by Alan Rickman. It has a similar pace and feel to it. If you like this movie, you will probably enjoy, "The Winter Guest," as well.


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