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Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)

 -  Drama  -  13 November 1998 (USA)
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Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s.

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Cast

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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 ...
Sophie McLoughlin
Peter Gowen ...
Austin Morgan
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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

A Dança das Paixões  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$83,759 (USA) (13 November 1998)

Gross:

$2,285,194 (USA) (9 April 1999)
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The play originally opened in Dublin, Ireland in 1990. It opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 11 October 1991 and closed on 25 October 1992 after 436 performances. In the cast were Brid Brennan, who originated her role as Agnes and won 1992 Tony award as Best Featured Actress, and Gerard McSorley as the adult Michael, the narrator in the movie. The play also won a 1992 Tony award as best play. See more »

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Kate 'Kit' Mundy: You work hard at your job, you try to keep the home together but suddenly you realize that cracks are formin' everywhere. It's all about to collapse, Maggie. What I'm most worried about is Rose. If I lose my job, if this house is broken up, what'll become of our Rosie?
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"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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