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Guests of the Nation (1935)

During the Irish War of Independence in 1921, a pair of IRA soldiers are ordered to guard two British prisoners, but face a dilemma when they bond with their captives.

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Captured British soldier
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IRA member who rises flag / imprisoned IRA member
Shelah Richards ...
Bicycle courier
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Donald Beaven
Cissy Cunningham
Lionel Dymoke
William Fassbender
H. Fine
Cyril Jackson
Fred Johnson
Edward Levy
Tony Macan
Charles Maher
Niall Montgomery
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During the Irish War of Independence in 1921, a pair of IRA soldiers are ordered to guard two British prisoners, but face a dilemma when they bond with their captives.

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22 September 2011 (USA)  »

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Although completed in 1934 and first shown in Ireland early the following year, this film was not distributed or shown outside Ireland for over 75 years. Its U.S. premiere took place in New York City at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on September 22nd, 2011. See more »

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Great music, good movie
14 April 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A lovely little exploration of how, despite any surface differences, we're all the same underneath it all. What was even better than the scenes unfolding, though, was the live orchestral score which was magnificent.

I enjoyed the film overall, although a little less information about the overall outcome (spoiler alert basically) would have been appreciated in the introductory speech from the director's son, although I have to say, he was very funny and engaging otherwise. The use of mirrors to light the faces of the players becomes quite strange, the story develops in the second half more than the first, and there's so,e choppy editing.

Definitely worth a watch though, especially if you get a live score.


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