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Philadelphia, Here I Come (1975)

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Friel contrasts Gar's cloistered emotional life with his gregarious social persona by portraying him as two distinct characters, a public self (Donal McCann) and a private self (Des Cave).

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gar (Public)
Des Cave ...
Gar (Private)
Siobhan McKenna ...
Madge
Eamon A. Kelly ...
S.B. O'Donnell
Fidelma Murphy ...
Kate Doogan
Liam Redmond ...
Senator Doogan
Mavis Villiers ...
Liz Sweeney
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Con Sweeney
Pat Layde ...
Master Boyle
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Conan O'Byrne
Niall Buggy ...
Ned
Eamon Morrissey ...
Joe
Donal Cox ...
Tom
Desmond Keogh ...
Dr.Francis King
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Ben Burton
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Friel contrasts Gar's cloistered emotional life with his gregarious social persona by portraying him as two distinct characters, a public self (Donal McCann) and a private self (Des Cave).

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The original Broadway production of "Philadelphia, Here I Come" by Brian Friel opened at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York on February 16, 1966, ran for 326 performances and was nominated for the 1966 Tony Award for the Best Play. Eamon Morrissey recreated his stage role in this filmed production and had received a nomination for a 1966 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. See more »

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Concerto for Violin, Op.64
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Surprisingly well-adapted take on Friel's masterpiece
17 April 2002 | by (Cork,Ireland) – See all my reviews

After reading the original play I thought it would have been much more difficult to adapt to screen than it turned out to be. Donal McCann puts in a once-off great performance as Public Gar, the repressed antagonist who is manifested openly on screen by his extroverted (but unseen to others) alterego- Private Gar. Eamonn Kelly also plays an excellent "screwballs" whose inability to communicate his feelings is matched only by Gar.

Definitely worth renting out if you can find it. (Probably unavailable outside Ireland & UK)


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