Liam (2000)

R  |   |  Drama  |  5 October 2001 (USA)
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A family falls into poverty during the Depression.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Hackett ...
David Hart ...
Megan Burns ...
Mrs. Abernathy
Russell Dixon ...
Father Ryan
Julia Deakin ...
Auntie Aggie
Uncle Tom
Bernadette Shortt ...
David Carey ...
Lizzie's husband
David Knopov ...
Mr. Samuels
Jane Gurnett ...
Mrs. Samuels
Gema Loveday ...
Jane Samuels


A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his first Holy Communion, gets a regular dose of fire and brimstone at church. Teresa, about 13, has a job as a maid to the Jewish family that owns the closed shipyard. The lady of that house is having an affair, and Teresa becomes an accomplice. Liam stutters terribly, especially when troubled. Dad comes under the sway of the Fascists, who blame cheap Irish labor and Jewish owners. A Molotov cocktail brings things to a head. Written by <>

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Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lapsuuden loppu  »

Box Office


£1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,399 (USA) (21 September 2001)


$1,006,408 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Some of These Days
Composed by Shelton Brooks
Performed by Bernadette Shortt
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Like Dickens during the depression
20 May 2005 | by (Southeastern United States) – See all my reviews

Move a Dickens story up into the time of the Depression. Add elements of Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Add the blackshirt Fascists from "1900." Add a little boy whose father and brother are involved in desperate economic problems complete with unions and favoritism, as in "Billy Elliot."

Make it very dark, and very drear. Let the camera see drearily, smokily, darkly, unclearly.

Let the characters speak in their own, natural way, without regard to an American audience having difficulty understanding them.

This is "Liam." It is an indictment of religion, the undeniable caste system of the UK, and of government in general. It is a film that was difficult to watch, although never did I say anything like "this is bad." It was just difficult to watch.

Everything rang true, and it was heartbreaking, with a few uplifting moments...but very few. This is an excellent film, a very well-acted film, well-directed and with an excellent screenplay. But difficult to watch, in spots.

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