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Evelyn (2002)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 2002 (USA)
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 ...
Charlotte Doyle
Claire Mullan ...
Mrs. Daisley
Alvaro Lucchesi ...
Garrett Keogh ...
Daithi O'Suilleabhain ...
Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
Andrea Irvine ...
Sister Theresa
Karen Ardiff ...
Sister Felicity
Father O'Malley


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.

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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 USA:

$65,344, 15 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,483,975, 4 May 2003
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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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Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »


Angel Rays
Written by Gemma Hayes (as Hayes) / Stephen Endelman (as Endelman)
Performed by Gemma Hayes
Courtesy of Source Records
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How Did This Film Get Overlooked?
8 August 2004 | by 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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