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The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)
"The Boys from County Clare" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  24 March 2006 (Ireland)
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Jimmy McMahon (Meany) and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual Ceili music competition in Ireland.

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John Joe
Charlotte Bradley ...
Maisie
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Miko
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Malachy Bourke ...
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Brendan O'Hare ...
Brendan
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Johnny
Leslie Bingham ...
Leslie
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Jimmy
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Teddy
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Frank Twomey ...
Roger
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Clive
Noel Bridgeman ...
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It's the mid 1960s. With a long tradition of Irish music in their bloods, middle aged John Joe McMahon and younger Jimmy McMahon, two of three brothers, grew up in County Clare, Ireland. They have long been estranged, their falling out over a woman. John Joe, still living in County Clare, has never married, while Jimmy, who long left County Clare to live in Liverpool, is on wife number five and probably counting. As fiddlers, they each lead their own ceili band, following those strict musical conventions in which they were raised. As such, Jimmy's talented flautist, Teddy, exasperates him if only because of Teddy being musically influenced by among others The Beatles. John Joe's band has won the best ceili band competition at the prestigious annual Irish music festival three years running. This year, Jimmy's band will also be in attendance for the first time. John Joe and Jimmy do not want to see each other and do whatever they can to ensure the other does not make it to the festival.... Written by Huggo

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Listen to your heart.

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »
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24 March 2006 (Ireland)  »

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The Boys & Girl from County Clare  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,856 (USA) (11 March 2005)

Gross:

$140,872 (USA) (27 May 2005)
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Trivia

An Irish music competition such as the one portrayed in the film is called a "fleadh" (pronounced like "flahhh"). However, nobody uses this word in the movie. See more »

Goofs

At various times throughout the film (notably in the pub and during the ceilidh band competition) when we see Anne (Andrea Corr) playing fiddle, her bow is moving but her fingers are not. See more »

Quotes

John Joe: [to the hippies] Ah, you're musicians, is it?
Hippie Girl: Yeah, we all play the bad ron.
John Joe: You mean the bodhran
[pronounced BOUGH-ron]
John Joe: .
Hippie Girl: Yeah, the BAD RON.
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References The Commitments (1991) See more »

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A very enjoyable film
14 March 2005 | by (Evanston, Il) – See all my reviews

I think the other reviews did not give this film enough credit. My wife and I, as well as everyone in the theatre we were in, enjoyed this film immensely. First of all, it is a beautiful film to look at as its views in Ireland are simply breathtaking. Second, it is a wonderful touching story, particularly the relationships between the two brothers and Andrea Corr and her mother. Andrea Corr, by the way is stunning, and I think she will be doing more films. Perhaps you need a bit of understanding growing up as an Irish Catholic to fully appreciate it, but the overall writing was very clever and fun. I did want to know a bit more about the back story, of how these people got to the point that they are, but I wonder whether I lost a bit, because sometimes the Irish speak so quickly, that important lines go right past you. I want to see it again.


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