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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Michael Mundy
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Danny Bradley
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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  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£97,077 (UK) (25 September 1998)

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$2,285,194 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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Original choices to star were Frances McDormand and Kate Winslet. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kate 'Kit' Mundy: Does Mr. Evans ever wonder how Christina cloths and feeds Michael? Does he ask her? Does Mr. Evans care? Beasts in fields have more concern for their young than that creature has.
Agnes 'Aggie' Mundy: Do you ever listen to yourself, Kate? You are such a damned righteous bitch! And his name is Gerry. Gerry. Gerry!
[Storms out of room]
Kate 'Kit' Mundy: [to Maggie] Don't I know his name is Gerry. What have I been calling him? Saint Patrick?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

"The Isle of Capri' (1934)
Music by Will Grosz (as William Grosz)
Lyrics by Jimmy Kennedy
Sung a cappella by Rhys Ifans and danced by him and Catherine McCormack (uncredited)
Reprised a cappella by Kathy Burke (uncredited)
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A Successful Version Of The Acclaimed Play
10 September 2000 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The acclaimed stage play from Brian Friel has been successfully adapted for the screen in this visual treat from Pat O'Connor. The beautiful landscapes of Donegal do not smother the intelligent performances such as from Meryl Streep (Kate Mundy), Catherine McCormack (Christine Mundy) and Rhys Ifans (Gerry Evans). Those critics who have condemned the movie for being simple and about ordinary people seem to miss the point. This is meant to be a simple story about ordinary people - and that is why it is so moving! More importantly though - 'Dancing at Lughnasa' is also entertaining and really deserved better than the mixed reviews on initial release.


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