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

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$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: 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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Homes of Donegal
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Written by Sean McBride
Played on radio and sung by Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill
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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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