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Bloom -- Adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses, Bloom is the enthralling story of June 16th, 1904 and a gateway into the consiousness of its three main characters: Stephen Dedalus, Molly Bloom and the extraordinary Leopold Bloom.


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The enthralling story of June 16th, 1904. See more »
Adapted from James Joyce's Ulysses, Bloom is the enthralling story of June 16th, 1904 and a gateway into the consiousness of its three main characters: Stephen Dedalus, Molly Bloom and the extraordinary Leopold Bloom. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Attempts a 'story' but fails and it only has a good Rea, some great poetic dialogue and some imaginative images to cover the fact that it is frustratingly difficult to get into and rather uninspiring through See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Stephen Rea ... Leopold Bloom

Angeline Ball ... Molly Bloom

Hugh O'Conor ... Stephen Dedalus
Neilí Conroy ... Driscoll
Eoin McCarthy ... Blazes Boylan
Alvaro Lucchesi ... Buck Mulligan
Maria Hayden ... May Dedalus
Aideen McDonald ... Veiled girl
Pat McGrath ... Butcher

Mark Huberman ... Haines
Kenneth McDonnell ... Armstrong
Hugh MacDonagh ... Schoolboy
Andrew McGibney ... Colm / Newsboy
Dan Colley ... Bannon
Des Braiden ... Deasy
Donncha Crowley ... Father Coffey
Ronnie Masterson ... Postmistress
Britta Smith ... Martha

Paul Ronan ... Lenehan
Alan Devlin ... Simon Dedalus
Phelim Drew ... Martin Cunningham
Ronan Wilmot ... Virag Bloom
Peter Dix ... Man in macintosh
Peadar Lamb ... Editor

Sarah Jane Drummey ... Dilly Dedalus

Dearbhla Molloy ... Mrs. Breen
Jenny Maher ... Mina Purefoy
Ruaidhri Finnegan ... Apjohn
Eoin MacDonagh ... Goldberg
Howard Jones ... Young Bloom
Peter Gaynor ... Russel
Russel Smith ... Eglington
Seamus Walsh ... Blindman
Mal Whyte ... Librarian
Jack Lynch ... Bookseller

Patrick Bergin ... The citizen
Jimmy Keogh ... Alf
Donal O'Kelly ... Joe
Tom Bye ... Man in pub
Rachael Pilkington ... Gerty (as Rachel Pilkington)
Jamie Baker ... Tommy
Colman Hanley ... Jackey
Conor Delaney ... Madden
Charlie Bonner ... Pvt. Compton
Alexander Downes ... Pvt. Carr
Eamon Rohan ... Paddy Dignam
Luke Hayden ... Keyes

Julie Hale ... Zoe
Maria Lennon ... Bella
Caoileann Murphy ... Young Molly Bloom
Ciaran O'Brien ... Mulvey
Dermot Moore ... Mr. Stanhope
Steve Simmonds ... Molly's father
Maurice Shanahan ... Capt. Groves
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Justin C. Cohen ... Bystander
Mick Fitzgerald ... Fishmonger
Adam Fox Clarke ... Rudy Bloom
Raymond Kean ... Man in brothel

Directed by
Sean Walsh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James Joyce  novel

Produced by
Mark Byrne .... co-producer
Steve McGettigan .... associate producer
Gerry Moloney .... associate producer
Gerry Murphy .... executive producer
Crohan O'Shea .... associate producer
Sean Walsh .... producer
Stephen Walsh .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Kahne 
Cinematography by
Ciarán Tanham 
Film Editing by
Sarah Armstrong 
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard 
Mary Maguire 
Production Design by
Mervyn Rowe 
Art Direction by
Stephen Simmonds 
Costume Design by
Tara Van Zyl 
Makeup Department
Muriel Bell .... hair stylist
Rosie Blackmore .... key makeup artist
Bernie Dooley .... key hair stylist
Aisling Nairn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Donal Ruane .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rebecca Daly .... trainee assistant director
Jill Dempsey .... second assistant director
Nick McCarthy .... first assistant director
Sinéad Murphy .... third assistant director
Art Department
Oisin Breen .... property master
BinBin Chen .... art department support
Tamara Conboy .... assistant art director
Riad Karim .... set dresser (as Riad Karin)
Gareth Mills .... set dresser
John Neligan .... buyer
John Neligan .... prop buyer
John Nelligan .... property buyer
Andy O'Neill .... set dresser
Sound Department
Ray Cross .... sound mixer
Adam Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Liz Greene .... sound trainee
Conor O'Toole .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Peter Haddon .... colourist
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Brennan .... HD consultant
Keith Durham .... focus puller
Niall Mannion .... gaffer
Aideen McCarthy .... camera trainee
Stephen Murphy .... Steadicam operator
Darragh Shanahan .... still photographer
Paul Tsan .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Bergin .... costume consultant
Kevin Gleeson .... wardrobe
Carol Graham .... costume supervisor
Transportation Department
Paul Cullen .... transportation captain
Other crew
Grainne Mac Anthony .... location trainee
Ed Baran .... publicist
Richard Collins .... horse master
Gillian Flood .... clearance
Sinead Hanna .... production accountant
Kieran Hennessy .... location manager
Jeanette McGrath .... script supervisor
Conor O'Carroll .... assistant location manager

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Rated R for sexual content including dialogue
113 min
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Director Sean Walsh's name appears as the owner of one of the horses in the paper in one scene.See more »
Molly Bloom:I said yes, I will, Yes.See more »
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Version of Ulysses (1967)See more »


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2 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Attempts a 'story' but fails and it only has a good Rea, some great poetic dialogue and some imaginative images to cover the fact that it is frustratingly difficult to get into and rather uninspiring through, 21 June 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

1904, Dublin. Stephen Dedalus is an English poet in the service of the Catholic Church in Ireland; Leopold Bloom is a tragic figure who walks the streets of Dublin while his wife, Molly, commits adultery with barely the regard to try and conceal it. With the streets of Dublin as our colourful background, we take a journey into the lives and minds of these three characters.

Not being a cultured man I have never read Ulysses and the fact that it was 100 years since the day the story was set was not being to be enough reason for me to change that fact. However, being an uncultured man, I was very happy to watch a film version of that book and it was this that brought me to see this film on the 100th anniversary. Before the film all I knew of the main character (title character here) was that comedian Eddie Izzard had compared him to Scooby-Doo in that he was a tragic, cowardly character that we root for but I was happy to let the film show me the book (although I was aware that it was never going to be able to capture all of it). The story is very loose when considered on the level of a traditional narrative and at times it just seems to be so lost in itself that it is impossible to really care or follow. At best it is frustratingly difficult to get into and it never really feels like it has any structure apart from the start and the end. The start is a nice introduction but the ending only has structure in a rather pat attempt to give it a) some sort of ending that relates to at least one part of the film, and b) a happy ending to boot. It doesn't work and just seems to come out of nowhere even if the dialogue is great.

The film doesn't have an epic look but that is down to it's budget and, considering that, I thought they had done well with the shoot and managed to hide a lot of it's limitations with a solid shoot. In terms of dialogue the film has several occasional highs, which I can only assume come from the book either directly or with minor amendments. However the fact that it has a nice imagination and some good visual touches does not disguise the fact that it is very uninvolving as a film and lacks enough of its other qualities to really make it worth a watch.

The cast are mixed indeed. I thought O'Conor was pretty much absent without leave for most of his scenes and I never once got more than a vague understanding of his character and, judging by his performance, I would say that he had no better grasp than I did. Rea however is great – I had no preconception of Leopold so I felt that Rea did well to deliver a solid character in a film where almost nothing was solid. Ball may have little to do but she is also good value even if the film betrays her by making her the focal point of a happy ending having barely touched her throughout (unlike her men!). Some of the support cast are good but really the main reason I stayed with the film till the end was Rea's performance.

Overall this is not a great film, although I do not know how it compares to the book because I have not read it (but other comments on this site make it clear what they think!). It has occasional highs that include some poetic dialogue and an interesting visual imagination but mostly it is just frustratingly difficult to get into and offers no hope. It tries to structure a plot but it only seems to have annoyed fans by being simplistic and annoyed me by being a failed attempt at story. Maybe worth seeing for it's good points but not a very good film at all and certainly not one fans should come to.

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