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Writers (WGA):
Rosalie K. Fry (book)
John Sayles (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 February 1995 (USA) See more »
The secret's out! See more »
Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes and active role to unravel the mysterious secrets. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 9 nominations See more »
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An Irish Fairy Tale for All See more (65 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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

John Lynch ... Tadhg
Frankie McCafferty ... Tim
Gerard Rooney ... Liam

Susan Lynch ... Selkie
Suzanne Gallagher ... Selkie's daughter
Cillian Byrne ... Jamie
Linda Greer ... Brigid

Directed by
John Sayles 
Writing credits
Rosalie K. Fry (book "The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry")

John Sayles (screenplay)

Produced by
Sarah Green .... producer
Glenn R. Jones .... executive producer
R. Paul Miller .... associate producer
Peter Newman .... executive producer
Maggie Renzi .... producer
John Sloss .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mason Daring 
Cinematography by
Haskell Wexler 
Film Editing by
John Sayles 
Casting by
John Hubbard 
Ros Hubbard 
Production Design by
Adrian Smith 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bosher 
Henry Harris 
Lucy Richardson 
Set Decoration by
Tom Conroy 
Costume Design by
Consolata Boyle 
Makeup Department
Dee Corcoran .... hair stylist
Morna Ferguson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jasmine Kosovic .... post-production supervisor
Kathy Sykes .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claire Hughes .... assistant director
Des Hughes .... assistant director
Peter McAleese .... assistant director
Art Department
David Balfour .... property master
Triona Coen .... props trainee
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Piero Jamieson .... dressing props
Rene Knol .... dressing props
Christian McDonald .... dressing props
Jerry Organ .... production buyer
Mickey Pugh .... stand-by props
Keith Vowles .... dressing props
Sound Department
Jack Armstrong .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Tom Fleischman .... re-recording mixer
Stuart Levy .... foley artist
Calvin McBride .... sound trainee
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Terence J. Cox .... senior special effects technician (as Terry Cox)
John Craney .... special effects technician
Peter Fern .... senior special effects technician
Darrell Guyon .... special effects technician (as Darryl Guyon)
Trevor Neighbour .... special effects
Kevin Welch .... underwater effects rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Ashley Bond .... assistant camera
Louis Conroy .... gaffer
Noel Cullen .... electrician
Gerry Donnelly .... generator operator
Bill Dowling .... video operator
Paul Englefield .... focus puller
Jim Farrell .... electrician
Ray Hall .... grip
Ricky Hall .... grip
Terry Mulligan .... best boy
Rob Roy .... camera loader
P. Scott Sakamoto .... camera operator
P. Scott Sakamoto .... steadicam operator
Brian Sheridan .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalen Rubalcava .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Plummy Tucker .... assistant editor
John Dowdell .... colorist (uncredited)
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Location Management
Reggie Blain .... assistant location manager
Mark Huffam .... location manager
Other crew
Randall Balsmeyer .... title designer
Libbie Barr .... script supervisor
Margaret Moggan .... assistant coordinator
Maria Molloy .... accounting assistant
Pamela Molloy .... production runner
Suzanne Nicell .... production assistant
Maggie Phelan .... production accountant
Clare St. John .... production coordinator
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant

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Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children
103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Stereo)
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Revealing mistakes: When Fiona is painting the windowsill in the cabin on Roan Inish, you can clearly see that the paintbrush is dry.See more »
Tess:[to Fiona and Grandfather] The sea is a sickness and you two will come to grieve for it!See more »
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
An Irish Fairy Tale for All, 9 August 2002
Author: gbheron from Washington, DC

You have to suspend belief during "The Secret of Roan Inish" and accept Irish legend as fact. This shouldn't be too difficult for moviegoers weaned on Star Wars and Die Hard. Let's hope so because "The Secret of Roan Inish" is a rare movie, a fairy tale, told from a child?s perspective, but for adults as well as children.

Roan Inish is an island off the coast of western Ireland from which 10-year-old Fiona's family has recently decamped for the mainland because of hard times. Now directly across the water from their beloved island, Fiona's grandparents take her in after her city-living father can no longer care for her. And there are secrets. Unbeknownst to Fiona there is a branch of her family descended from Selkies, beings half seal and half human. Unlike mermaids though, Selkies are either all human or all seal, depending on their mood. And if you can catch a human Selkie, they're yours until they discover where you've hid their seal skin. And with a beautiful female, Fiona's grandfather did just that, married her, raised a family, but alas one day she finds her seal skin and she's off to the sea. This legend segues into a modern mystery and a challenge Fiona must face.

Slow paced, beautifully photographed, well acted and directed, this is a unique gem of a movie.

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