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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
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R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 October 2004 (UK)
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When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.



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In Dublin, the crippled rebel Rory O'Shea moves to the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, affecting the lives of the residents. Rory is able to understand the unintelligible speech of Michael Connolly, who was left in the shelter by his prominent father many years ago due to his cerebral palsy, and they become close friends. Rory convinces Michael to move from Carrigmore to an apartment in Dublin, and they hire the gorgeous Siobhan to assist them. Living together with Rory, Michael faces a new world, finding friendship, love and freedom and learning to survive by his own. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Live life like you mean it.


Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK)  »

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Rory O'Shea Was Here  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£219,256 (UK) (15 October 2004)


$21,864 (USA) (18 February 2005)

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Rory: [after Siobhan tells Rory there should be rules] It's not your job to make rules. Your job's to do exactly what we tell you to do! I do the interpreting. You do the cleaning, making the tea, cleaning up after us. You're our servant, Siobhan. Our skivvy. Our slave...
Siobhan: Are you going to shut up, or am I going to have to make you?
Rory: I'd like to see you try!
Siobhan: [she covers his mouth] Just remember, you're a servant too... Mister Interpreter...
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wow what a great movie
26 January 2005 | by (Reading, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was amazing, it was extremely funny and moving. Damien O'Donnell and Jeffrey Caine have put together a great movie which will appeal to all ages. James McAvoy and Steven Robertson made this film brilliant. Their acting was excellent, there was this real lifelike feeling between them, that made you really believe they were the characters they were acting out. Romola Garai is amazingly gorgeous and brilliant in her role. The story of these two physically challenged people and their carer is well put over, and you really start to grow to know and feel for the characters as the movie goes on, it was especially upsetting at the end. I would recommend this movie to anyone that loves a truly heart felt movie, warning to the more sensitive viewer make sure you have tissues you will need them.

Again amazing film!!

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