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Young Danny Flynn is released from prison after 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

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Daragh Donnelly ...
Prison Officer
Frank Coughlan ...
Prison Officer
Sean Kearns ...
Prison Officer
Lorraine Pilkington ...
Bride
Niall Shanahan ...
Groom
John Wall ...
Priest (as Father John Wall)
Maria McDermottroe ...
Betty
Carol Scanlan ...
Wedding Guest
Kate Perry ...
Wedding Guest
Andrea Irvine ...
Wedding Guest
Joan McGarry ...
Wedding Guest
Theresa McComb ...
Wedding Guest
Catherine Dunne ...
Wedding Guest
Kerrie Duggan ...
Wedding Guest
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Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer, fighting and opening a boxing club training aspiring boxers. Maggie has since married Danny's best friend, who is also imprisoned for his I.R.A. activities. Although he has not denounced the I.R.A. or denigrated his I.R.A. colleagues, Danny has decided to live a life free of political violence. His boxing club is nonsectarian, open to both Catholics and Protestants. This move irks some of his old I.R.A. colleagues since they feel working with the Protestants will not resolve their David versus Goliath struggle. Danny's old I.R.A. colleagues, especially their unofficial leader Harry, resort to traditional tactics of violence to stop Danny. Maggie's father, Joe, also an I.R.A. activist, ... Written by Artemis-9

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Love is always worth fighting for.

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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9 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$129,915 (USA) (2 January 1998)

Gross:

$5,799,672 (USA) (13 February 1998)
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Trivia

Daniel Day-Lewis boxed and trained for three years in preparation for this role. See more »

Goofs

The cut above Danny's left eye disappears in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

Danny: [to Maggie] I've lived with your face in silence for fourteen years. It's hard to talk to the real you.
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Connections

Featured in The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

IF YOU'RE IRISH, COME INTO THE PARLOUR
Written by Shaun Glenville & Frank Miller
Performed by The Phoenix Youth Band
Published by B. FELDMAN & CO. LTD.
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Realistic, depressing and yet full of hope
14 July 1999 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I really liked this film for several reasons. Firstly, it dares to tell the story of ordinary people caught up in a conflict that they don't want to be a part of, and having their best hopes crushed. The script isn't written to be a crowd-pleaser.

Secondly, the story and the style of narration is wonderfully subdued and lowkey, both fitting the story perfectly and allowing the viewer to really involve him/herself in the story and characters.

Finally, the performances of Day-Lewis and Watson are very good. Day-Lewis lends great credibility to his character. He is no Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford rising again with a firm jaw after each blow, but rather a believable portrait of a man believing and wanting to do his best, but time and time again having his hopes crushed.

But the real star performance of the film is by Watson. After "Breaking the Waves" I had written her off (sorry, but I tend to do that with people who have played in von Trier movies), but her performance in this film is simply outstanding. Her portrait of both pride, strength and vulnerability is amazing.

9 out of 10.


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