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Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.

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Father Jack Mundy
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Christina Mundy
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Maggie Mundy
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Rose Mundy
Brid Brennan ...
Agnes Mundy
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Gerry Evans
Darrell Johnston ...
Michael Mundy
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Danny Bradley
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Father Carlin
Marie Mullen ...
Vera McLoughlin
Dawn Bradfield ...
Sophia McLoughlin
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Austin Morgan
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A young boy tells the story of growing up in a fatherless home with his unmarried mother and four spinster aunts in 1930's Ireland. Each of the five women, different from the other in temperament and capability, is the emotional support system, although at times reluctantly, for each other, with the eldest assuming the role of a 'somewhat meddling' overseer. But then into this comes an elderly brother, a priest too senile to perform his clerical functions, who has "come home to die" after a lifetime in Africa; as well, there also arrives the boy's father, riding up on a motorcycle, only to announce that he's on his way to Spain to fight against Franco. Nevertheless, life goes on for the five sisters, although undeniably affected by the presence of the two men, they continue to cope as a close-knit unit... until something happens that disrupts the very fabric of that cohesiveness beyond repair. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Five sisters embrace the spirit of a people.

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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13 November 1998 (USA)  »

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A Dança das Paixões  »

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Opening Weekend:

£97,077 (UK) (25 September 1998)

Gross:

$2,285,194 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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Trivia

The film takes place in August 1936. See more »

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The radio is one of the first ever made, so it's a tube radio, which would not be able to come on instantly like the later transistor radios; it would have needed a while to warm up before there would be any sound from it. See more »

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Narration by: When I cast my mind back to that summer of 1936, different kinds of memories offer themselves to me. We got our first wireless set that summer. Well, a sort of a set, and it obsessed us. We called it Lugh, after the old pagan god of the harvest, and his festival was Lughnasa, a time of music and dance. Then my mother's brother, my uncle Jack came home from Africa for the first time in twenty five years. He was the oldest in the family, and the only boy.
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During the opening credits, stills of African tribal dances and of Jack as priest in Africa are shown. See more »

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Featured in Dancing at Lughnasa: Interviews (1998) See more »

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Anything Goes
(1934)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung a cappella by Rhys Ifans and danced by him and Brid Brennan (uncredited)
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Pleasant Enough but Underpowered
9 December 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This movie version is pleasant enough but does not have the power of the stage play upon which it is based. Spoilt brat that I am, I saw the original production at the RNT in 1990 with the amazing Alec McCowen as Uncle Jack. I am a great fan of Michael Gambon, but he is simply miscast in that role for the movie. Not so Meryl Streep, who does a superb overpowering aunt. The delightful Catherine McCormack and Rhys Ifans do a good job of the love interest. This is nevertheless a shadow of the stage play. My better half liked it, but had not seen the stage version. For lovers of Irish drama the film is worth 90 minutes of your time.


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