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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)
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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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Vanessa Redgrave dropped out due to her mother's ill health and was replaced by Geraldine McEwan. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margaret: Well, what is it you're wanting to show me? Come on, Kevin, what's the secret?
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Crazy Credits

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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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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don't hate Catholics
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though this film is horrific, and portrays Catholics to be cruel and sadistic, I would just like to say , please don't think all Catholics are like that. I am Catholic, and proud to be one, yet I still believe everything that happened in this film was wrong.

This film is of tremendous quality and I recommend it to everyone, even those who may be disgusted by what they see. It is the kind of film that goes straight to the heart, and yes it made me ashamed to be a Catholic for a period of time, I hope that anyone who sees this film will not despise the Catholic Church. Each character, each scene was done so realistically, it will make all who see it fill with empathy for those girls, I even think that the nuns who ran these asylums would be shocked at what they actually did, if they were living in these times. It reminds me, in a way of the film Schindlers List, the way the nuns inspected the girls bodies and laughed about them, both the Holocaust and these asylums were apparently doing what was right yet causing great pain and suffering at the same time. Watch this film, it is definitely worth it.


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