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Philadelphia, Here I Come (1975)

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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Gar (Public)
Des Cave ...
Gar (Private)
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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
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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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just wonderful
16 October 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

One of the best movies I ever saw was an Irish movie titled Philadelphia,Here I Come. I read the play before I saw the movie and loved them both. It's the story of a young man preparing to leave Ireland to go to America because he can't earn a living in Ireland. It is told both from the perspective of the young man(whom the other characters in the film can see) and another young man representing his uncensored thoughts and feelings., but who cannot be seen by the other characters in the film. It is a very sad movie, but deeply touching, and I would recommend this film to anyone who wants something to think about. I love any Irish movie, or almost any movie about Ireland, and any film that has the late Irish actor Donal McCann in it gets my vote.I would watch that man chew gum for 2 hours on screen, and unfortunately,I have.Terrible shame to have lost him so young.


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