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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

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Rose / Patricia
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Una
Britta Smith ...
Katy
Frances Healy ...
Sister Jude
Eithne McGuinness ...
Sister Clementine
Phyllis MacMahon ...
Sister Augusta (as Phyllis McMahon)
Rebecca Walsh ...
Josephine
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Eamonn
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Brendan (as Chris Simpson)
Sean Colgan ...
Seamus
Daniel Costello ...
Father Fitzroy
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A thoroughly mind provoking film about 3 young women whom, under tragic circumstances see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women t in 1964. One of many like institutions, the asylums are run like prisons and young girls are forced to do workhouse laundry and hard labor. The asylum, one of many that existed in Theocratic Catholic Ireland, is for supposedly 'fallen' women. Here, young girls are imprisoned indefinitely and endure agonizing punishments and a long, harsh working system which leaves them physically drained and mentally damaged. As the girls bond together, it soon becomes clear that the only way out of the Magdalene convent is to escape, but with twisted Sister Bridget running the wing, any chances seem limited... Written by Anonymous

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The triumphant story of three women who found the courage to defy a century of injustice. See more »

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Rated R for violence/cruelty, nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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25 October 2002 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Die unbarmherzigen Schwestern  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,025 (Hong Kong) (10 October 2003)

Gross:

$4,890,878 (USA) (21 November 2003)
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The film was "inspired by the documentary Sex in a Cold Climate (1998) produced and directed by Steve Humphries." See more »

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The guitar the man plays at the beginning of the film is a Taylor acoustic guitar. Taylor Guitars was not established until 1974. See more »

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[first lines]
Margaret: Well, what is it you're wanting to show me? Come on, Kevin, what's the secret?
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Special thanks to ... all at the Glasgow Film Office. See more »

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Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

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The Well Below the Valley
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The wardens were dressed as nuns, and the inmates were only children.
9 August 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

'The Magdalene Sisters' would be a preposterous story, were it not factual. The actual names and circumstances appear to have been changed for the screenplay, but the original 50-minute documentary, filmed likely in the mid 1990s, tells us that everything, and more, happened to these children, virtually imprisoned for such things as having a child out of wedlock, or being sexually assaulted, or simply happening to look pretty. With no way out, they were forced to work long hours for no pay, operating the Magdalene Sisters' commercial laundry business, the last one until 1996. As one character, the old nun, explains, a strong Ireland requires that its men remain strong, so we have to remove temptation. The critic Ebert has a complete review. The only relevant "extra" on the DVD is the documentary, which features old photos and film, plus remarkable interviews with ladies who had been in a Magdalene Sisters asylum in the 1940s through the 1960s, including the three ladies around whom the movie's three main characters were built. A very gripping movie, well-acted.


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