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Rory O'Shea Was Here -- From the producers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Billy Elliot comes this inspiring story of independence that follows two unlikely friends determined to face the world on their own terms.
Rory O'Shea Was Here -- 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, Ror


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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Steven Robertson ... Michael Connolly
Alan King ... Tommy

Brenda Fricker ... Eileen
Ruth McCabe ... Annie

James McAvoy ... Rory O'Shea
Anna Healy ... Alice
Tom Hickey ... Con O'Shea

Sarah Jane Drummey ... Girl in Pub
Rachel Hanna ... Girl in Pub

Emmet Kirwan ... Angry Man

Romola Garai ... Siobhan
Pat Shortt ... Nightclub Doorman

Stanley Townsend ... Interview Panelist
Derbhle Crotty ... Interview Panelist
Donal Toolan ... Interview Panelist
Tony Kenny ... Cabaret Singer
Keith Dunphy ... Estate Agent
Michèle Forbes ... Fergus' Secretary

Gerard McSorley ... Fergus Connolly
Eamonn Hunt ... Foreman
Michael Higgins ... Job Applicant
Frank McCusker ... Job Applicant

Deirdre O'Kane ... Job Applicant
Owen Monaghan ... Job Applicant
Lucas Verbist ... Job Applicant

Conor McPherson ... Job Applicant
Lauren Carr ... Racing Kid
Paul Lee ... Racing Kid
Jonathan Mitchell ... Racing Kid
Keith O'Brien ... Racing Kid
Michael Hayes ... Garda Sergeant
John Finegan ... Garda at Station

Adam Fergus ... Declan
Mary Kate O'Flanagan ... Geisha
Ofo Uhiara ... Peter
Justine Mitchell ... Doctor
Frank Corry S.M. ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Conor Hegarty ... Angry Man's Friend (uncredited)
Kreeta Taponen ... Escort (uncredited)

Directed by
Damien O'Donnell 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Caine (screenplay)

Christian O'Reilly (story)

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Eric Fellner .... executive producer
James Flynn .... producer
Seamus McInerney .... line producer
Morgan O'Sullivan .... executive producer
Catherine Tiernan .... co-producer
Natascha Wharton .... executive producer
Juanita Wilson .... producer
Mark Woods .... executive producer: Bord Scannán na hÉireann/Irish Film Board
Original Music by
David Julyan 
Cinematography by
Peter Robertson (director of photography) (as Peter J. Robertson)
Film Editing by
Frances Parker 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
Production Design by
Tom Conroy 
Art Direction by
Stephen Daly 
Costume Design by
Lorna Marie Mugan 
Production Management
Seamus McInerney .... unit production manager
Tim Morris .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Therese Friel .... second assistant director
Andrew Hegarty .... first assistant director
Alex Jones .... third assistant director
Clare Keogh .... assistant unit director
Jonathan Shaw .... trainee assistant director (as Johnny Shaw)
John Wallace .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Jenni Cooney .... graphic designer
Mick Flood .... property master
Michael Higgins .... stand-by art director
Darren Kearney .... painter
Sue Meehan .... props: dailies
Jerry Organ .... prop buyer
Sound Department
Alan Collins .... sound facility manager: ardmore sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... adr mixer
Michelle Cunniffe .... mix assistant
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
Sarah Gaines .... dialogue editor
Brendan Geaney .... assistant sound editor
Paddy Gibbons .... adr mixer
Clive Hutchison .... foley recordist
Martin Jensen .... adr mixer (as Martin Peter Jensen)
Tom Johnson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean McGrath .... adr recordist
Hugo Monks .... foley editor
Jon Stevenson .... supervising sound editor
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Paul Byrne .... special effects technician
Lucy Allen .... stunt performer
Giedrius Nagys .... stunt performer
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Brian Dungan .... trainee clapper loader
Sarah Francis .... assistant camera
Mark Gilleece .... video assist trainee
Ciaran Kavanagh .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Kelly .... second unit grip
Niall Mannion .... best boy
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Darrell Murphy .... b camera grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jessica O'Leary .... costume supervisor
Karen Rigg .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Clare Kavanagh .... post-production coordinator
Gerard Ward .... telecine colorist: dailies
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Alexandra Hill .... music coordinator
Kirsten Lane .... music consultant
Mark Sayer-Wade .... composer: additional music
Michèle Spoonley .... additional music coordinator
Bruce White .... viola
Other crew
Christina Angeloudes .... paralegal
Kellie Belle .... product placement
Yvonne Burke .... assistant production coordinator
Sarah Carmody .... production assistant
Peter Conway .... location manager
Mark Devlin .... production coordinator
Chloe Dorigan .... assistant: Tim Bevan
Grainne Dunne .... assistant: Morgan O'Sullivan
Hannah Farrell .... development coordinator
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Aliza James .... assistant: Eric Fellner
John Kennedy .... title designer
Nessa King .... production finance executive
Kenny MacDonald .... assistant coordinator: Working Title Films
Kenny MacDonald .... assistant executive coordinator
Paddy McCarney .... location manager
Conor O'Carroll .... assistant location manager
Auveen O'Sullivan .... financial controller: Octagon Films
Rachael Prior .... head of development
Chryssy Tintner .... script development executive for Octagon
Kathleen Weir .... script supervisor
Sarah Jane Wright .... production executive
Rachel Holroyd .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Inside I'm Dancing" - UK (original title)
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Rated R for language
104 min
Aspect Ratio:
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James McAvoy would spend up to 12 hours a day in a wheelchair while filming.See more »
[Police have just pulled Rory's car over. They realise he's disabled and are going to put him back in his chair]
Rory:Aren't you going to arrest me?
Garda Sergeant:No.
Rory:That's discrimination! Look, you're only doing that because I'm disabled. It's me civil right to be arrested!
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131 out of 137 people found the following review useful.
On the outside, we can't do much but on the inside, we're dancing!, 24 July 2005
Author: wheelsofterror from Bethlehem, PA, USA

This movie felt so real. I actually felt all of the emotions portrayed here during my life at various times - that of both Rory and Michael. I have Duchene's Muscular Dystrophy like Rory so what you see here is exactly what I've actually felt myself. Some won't believe there ARE disabled people like Rory, full of anger and rebellion. I know they exist because I'm one of them.

The story is great. For a drama, character-driven movie, the story moves fast. I was never bored, maybe partly because I was seeing stuff that is close to my heart. But I think most people, with intelligence, will be glued to the screen and care about the characters. The acting is phenomenal! James McAvoy is perfect as Rory O'Shea, who has Duchene's muscular dystrophy. He Steven Robertson deserves an award for his portrayal as Michael Connolly, who has cerebral palsy.

Michael's love isn't returned by a girl and Rory helps him come to terms with it. I've felt this many times and the question is "doesn't she love me because I'm just not the one or because my disability turned her off?" No matter what the girl says, we will always be skeptical as to the truth. It's just natural and it hurts either way.

A few parts made me cry a little because it is sad and I have to face the issues myself. People without a terminal disability just cannot begin to fathom how it can feel. This is a must-see film for everyone. Disabled people are everywhere and greatly misunderstood. This film brings a little light on some of the facts of life, which are so taken for granted by the able-bodied. We want to be just like you - to live on our own terms, to go out, to get drunk, to be loved. On the outside, we can't do much but on the inside, we're dancing!

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