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Evelyn (2002)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  25 December 2002 (USA)
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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,... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Niall Beagan ...
Hugh McDonagh ...
Maurice Doyle (as Hugh Macdonagh)
Mairead Devlin ...
Claire Mullan ...
Alvaro Lucchesi ...
Garrett Keogh ...
District Judge
Daithi O'Suilleabhain ...
Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
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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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Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Disputa  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$230,830 (Australia) (14 May 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When the man from SPCC was speaking with Doyle, a woman behind Doyle hung the same pair of pants on the line twice. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »


Referenced in Evelyn: Behind the Scenes (2003) See more »


The Parting Glass
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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