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1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Irish courts put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that he'll get his children back after he gets a job, he learns there's another barrier. During that time, Evelyn suffers abuse while Desmond goes to court to get his children back. A barmaid, her brother, her suitor, and a tippling footballer become Desmond's team. Written by Anonymous

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The story of a father's love that changed a nation

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Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2002 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$65,344 (USA) (13 December 2002)

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$1,368,343 (USA) (31 January 2003)
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Evelyn's mother is said to have gone to Australia with her lover, but in reality, she went to England and ended up raising another family there. The real Evelyn Doyle eventually saw her mother on more than one occasion, but they never reconciled. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Desmond is cutting out the pictures of his wife, he cuts their wedding photo diagonally, so that her body remains in the photo. In the next scene, he throws the same photo into the fire, but this time it's been cut vertically - completely out of the photo. See more »

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[first lines]
Dermot Doyle: Evelyn, did Jesus have a big sister?
Evelyn Doyle: No Dermot, he wasn't as lucky as you.
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Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »


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On the Banks of the Roses
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Performed by Pierce Brosnan
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How Did This Film Get Overlooked?
8 August 2004 | by (Austin,Texas) – See all my reviews

I just watched this movie on pay per view, and I thought it was delightful. Pierce Brosnan does a fine job. So nice to see him really get a chance to act. And the supporting cast, including Alan Bates and Stephen Rea, is exceptional. The story is very believable and touching, probably because it is based on a true story. I just wonder why this film, directed by the talented Bruce Beresford, did not make any significant splash when it was released. It may have played in Austin, but I don't remember it. Just shows how marketing, or lack of it, can make a movie disappear. It's a shame it didn't get more attention. I heartily recommend it.


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