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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 .... trainee assistant 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
Russell Gleeson .... first assistant camera
Ciaran Kavanagh .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rob Kelly .... second unit grip
Niall Mannion .... best boy
Patrick Redmond .... still photographer
Denise Woods .... trainee clapper loader
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
Location Management
Peter Conway .... location manager
Paddy McCarney .... location manager
Conor O'Carroll .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Nick Angel .... music supervisor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
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
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
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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McAvoy was also in a wheelchair in X-MenSee more »
[after Siobhan has handed in her notice as their carer]
Rory:Take a letter, Michael. To Dublin City Council. "Dear Sir or Madam. As wheelchair users with suicidal intentions, I must protest at a lack of facilities. None of the bridges are equipped with easy parapet access, thus curtailing the rights of the disabled to throw themselves in. Yours in *disgust*, Rory Gerard O'Shea and Michael Connolly."
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75 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely brilliant, 13 October 2004
Author: meako1973 from Sheffield, Uk

Michael (played by Steven Robertson) has cerebal palsy, and lives a quiet, and dull, life in Carrigmore Residential Home. When a newcomer to the home, Rory (McAvoy), befriends him, he proceeds to show Michael how to live past the disability. Despite, or maybe because of, Rory's crippling disability (unable to move all but his head and a few digits on his hand), Rory is fiercely independent, and extremely rebellious. His affect upon the quiet and reserve Michael is spectacular, and the two soon leave the care home to set up lives in the outside world, where they recruit the help of Siobhan (Romola Garai) as a care assistant.

This film is one of the gems of the year! Much like last year's In America, the film goes from being extremely funny, to distressing, touching, upsetting, and truly moving without once seeming saccharine sweet. Knowing exactly where to tug at the heartstrings, and where to simply let the story, and characters, do their thing, O'Donnell has crafted a wonderful film which tells us all to look past the surface, and see what lies within.

The true strengths of the film come in the lead actors. So convincing are their characters that you truly do believe that they are disabled. To further manage to convey humor and sorrow on top of the already great performances is amazing. The pair really seem close friends, and as their tale unfolds you care completely for them.

This is definitely one of the finest examples of film this year, telling a very relevant story in a simple way. If this film fails to touch your heart, then you must contain pure ice inside.

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