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Deirdre Purcell (novel)
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13 September 1998 (UK) See more »
A Passionate Tale of Love
Romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh ... Elizabeth

Dermot Crowley ... Neeley Scollard

Liam Cunningham ... Mossie Sheehan
Rory Murray ... George
Maureen O'Brien ... Corinne Sullivan
Brian McGrath ... St. John Sullivan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graeme Bird ... Bus Repair Passenger
Bairbre Ní Chaoimh ... Maeve (as Bairbre Ni Chaoimh)
Karen Collins ... Margaret Scollard - Older
Mark D'Aughton ... Jack
Kevin Elphic ... Francey

Colin Farrell ... Daniel McCarthey
Sinead Harrington ... Mary
Maeve Kearney ... Mary Scollard (older teen)
Gerard Lee ... Gerry
Caoimhne MacCarthy ... Jacinta
Oliver Maguire ... Father Young
Eleanor Methven ... Tilly Harrington
Maurice O'Donoghue ... Mick Harrington
Cathal Ryder O'Donovan ... Francey Scollard age 6+
Noel O'Donovan ... Billy
Mary O'Driscoll ... Ida
Aisling O'Shea ... Margaret

Bairbre O'Toole ... Hazel (as Bairbe O'Toole)

Marcella Plunkett ... Kathleen Scollard (older teen)
Jim Queally ... Canon
Brendan Ring ... Eddie
Laura Rowan ... Kathleen

Directed by
Richard Standeven 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Deirdre Purcell  novel
Deirdre Purcell  screenplay

Produced by
Robert Cooper .... executive producer
Jonathan Curling .... executive producer
Peter Norris .... producer
Original Music by
Stephen McKeon 
Cinematography by
Kevin Rowley 
Film Editing by
Richard Milward 
Production Design by
Nathan Crowley 
Art Direction by
Padraig O'Neill 
Costume Design by
Lorna Marie Mugan 
Makeup Department
Rosie Blackmore .... makeup department head
Carole Dunne .... key hair stylist
Fiona Hogan .... makeup artist
Mandy Kierans .... makeup artist extra's
Tina Phelan .... makeup artist
Joe Whelan .... assistant hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Catherine Dunne .... second assistant director
Art Department
Graeme Bird .... stand-by art director
Sound Department
Dave Humphries .... sound re-recording mixer
Alan Sallabank .... adr mixer
Alan Sallabank .... sound re-recording mixer
Trevor Swanscott .... foley mixer
Special Effects by
Maurice Foley .... special effects supervisor
Emma Condren .... stunt performer
Emma Condren .... stunt player
Joe Condren .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Darryl Byrne .... second assistant "a" camera
Vince Madden .... rigging gaffer
Philip Murphy .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Graves Power .... key costumer
Jessica O'Leary .... wardrobe supervisor
Transportation Department
Paul Cullen .... transportation coordinator
Paul Kelly .... driver: cast
Stephen McGillen .... location transportation
Other crew
Kieran Creaven .... researcher
Kevin Donegan .... production coordinator
Kevin Jackson .... production executive
Poll Moussoulides .... dialogue coach
Tina Ross .... location scout (uncredited)

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Loved This Movie!!!, 16 June 1999
Author: Tami Neff ( from South Carolina

Loved this movie! This adaptation of the Deirdre Purcell novel runs approximately 190 minutes and is worth every second. In the beginning of the film, Elizabeth Sullivan has her first romance with an actor in a traveling show and finds herself pregnant and the actor long gone. Her parents, wanting to avoid embarrassment, consult their priest for advise and he comes up with a recently widowed older man with young children who needs a wife. Left with few options, Elizabeth, played beautifully by newcomer Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh, marries this stranger and endures a life much harder than the privileged one she left. Her husband, Neeley, treats her like property he's paranoid of losing, but not especially cherished property.

Watching from the hill above is Neeley's cousin, Mossie Sheenan (Liam Cunningham). Neeley inherited his farm from Mossie's father, who died when Mossie was very young and probably before he could change his will to leave the place to his son - a situation that has caused bad blood between them. This has Elizabeth misinterpreting just about everything Mossie does as being motivated by a desire to either cause Neeley trouble or to regain his land.

There isn't much more we can tell without giving away too much, but this movie has everything you can hope for . . .a great story, beautiful scenery, haunting music, and WONDERFUL ACTING. Liam Cunningham gives a powerful performance as the brooding Mossie Sheehan. As a man of few words in most of the movie, he had to tell the viewer most of what his character is feeling through his eyes, facial expressions, and body language, and actors who can handle such a task this well are rare and deserving of praise.

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