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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Courtney ...
Pat Slowey ...
Priest
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Jim
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Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ...
Barmaid
Eugene McHugh ...
Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini ...
Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally ...
Hugh
Eileen Colgan ...
Richard Sheridan ...
Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh ...
Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron ...
Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy ...
Flynn
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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 he secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Drama | Family | Fantasy

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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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Le secret de Roan Inish  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,101,600
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When Fiona first meets her grandfather the ticket pinned to her jacket is in good condition. The next scene, right before her grandfather lifts her over the fence, the ticket has a large crease through the middle and is crumpled on the bottom. See more »

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Tadhg: Once a Selkie finds its skin again, neither chains of steel nor chains of love can keep her from the sea. From that day on, it was forbidden to harm a seal on the island.
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A quiet, magical and elegant movie. Timeless
28 May 2004 | by 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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