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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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James Joyce (novel)
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16 April 2004 (Ireland) See more »
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The enthralling story of June 16th, 1904. See more »
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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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1 win & 4 nominations See more »
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Nice but still awaiting a great Ulysses film See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Stunts
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
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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 »
Quotes:
Stephen Dedalus:History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awakeSee more »
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Version of Ulysses (1967)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Nice but still awaiting a great Ulysses film, 23 February 2007
Author: WBLoudGlade from United Kingdom

Joyce's 'Ulysses' is the record of a single day (16th June 1904) in the lives of three characters in Dublin - Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus and Bloom's wife Molly, and deals with their actions, inner thoughts and relationships. The day itself was meant to be unexceptional – it actually commemorates Joyce's first date with his girlfriend, Nora Barnacle. In the manner of such records it does not follow traditional plot structure. This of course does not mean the book is unfilmable. Quite the contrary in fact - we have seen the video diary become increasingly ubiquitous and there is a recent fashion for films that trace interlocking lives through short periods of time.

Additionally Joyce himself in his novel employs all kinds of innovative cinematic techniques with flashbacks, dissolves and close ups (Joyce was very interested in film and actually opened Dublin's first cinema in 1909, but he was a better writer than a businessman).

Joyce hoped Eisenstein might film his book and perhaps the ultimate film of 'Ulysses' is yet to come, but in their own very different ways Joseph Strick with Ulysses (1966) and Sean Walsh with 'Bloom' have done the job for two successive generations.

However the book - arguably the 20th century's English literary masterpiece - has an iconic status that may prevent a filmmaker departing too widely from the text. In 'Bloom' Sean Walsh, plainly a lover of Joyce, has been anxious to follow the text as closely as possible and also to create a period drama that has the genuine look and feel of the time. But while a film that remains so faithful to the text may satisfy an audience of keen Joyceans it will mystify those who have not read the book.

Although the day in question is a century ago the book actually ranges over a plethora of surprisingly modern topics: sexual relationships including adultery, the power of the press, publicity and advertising, popular culture and music, nationalism and political cynicism, alienation, racial and ethnic prejudice, technology and consumerism - to name but a few.

To my mind Joseph Strick's 1966 film, which is very new wave - right down to its minimalist score - and which treats the story in 'modern dress' with modern setting (for the time) had a contemporary look and feel that allowed the audience to reflect that the topics pursued were every bit as relevant to them as to the actors on the screen. By contrast 'Bloom' plays as a nice historical drama but one that is about as relevant to our own lives as Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Ultimately the greatest film of Ulysses will come when the filmmaker attempts not verisimilitude but instead works from a script that will be 'freely adapted from Joyce's Ulysses'. That day will come when Joyceans – and the Joyce estate – permit. But after all it is worth reflecting that Joyce's book is itself but a free adaptation of Homer's original.

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