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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | | Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Rose / Patricia
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Una
Britta Smith ...
Katy
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Sister Jude
Eithne McGuinness ...
Sister Clementine
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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 who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women 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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In a place that defied belief their only hope was each other. See more »

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Drama

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

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29 August 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die unbarmherzigen Schwestern  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£88,315 (UK) (1 November 2002)

Gross:

$4,890,878 (USA) (21 November 2003)
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Trivia

The film that the nuns and penitents watch is The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

Goofs

In the beginning, a man plays a Taylor acoustic guitar. Taylor Guitars was established in 1974. See more »

Quotes

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

Thanks to ... Andy and Marco at Edit-Hire Post Production Services ... all at the Glasgow Film Theatre ... Lee at Lynx ... all the gardeners ... the people of Dumfries ... and all at VFG. See more »

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Features The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Written by John Newton
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powerful movie
17 April 2004 | by (montreal) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie two weeks ago. Like the Irish, here in Quebec, we were manipulated by catholic religion, before the revolution tranquille. This story of the laudries is similar here, with the story of les enfants de Duplessis. They putted young infants in mental institute and maltraited them.

The movie was pretty good. It show well the mentaly of the era and how hypocrite the society is. The dark, horrible atmosphear in this laundrie is well show and the actress were awesome. This is not an anti religious movie and they dont put too much to make us cry. Just show the brutal facts that happened. Its a good balanced critic of society.


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