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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director:

John Sayles

Writers:

Rosalie K. Fry (book), John Sayles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Courtney Jeni Courtney ... Fiona
Pat Slowey Pat Slowey ... Priest
Dave Duffy Dave Duffy ... Jim
Declan Hannigan ... Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ... Barmaid
Eugene McHugh Eugene McHugh ... Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini Tony Rubini ... Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Hugh
Eileen Colgan ... Tess
Richard Sheridan Richard Sheridan ... Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh Micheal MacCarthaigh ... Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron Fergal McElherron ... Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Flynn
John Lynch ... Tadhg
Frankie McCafferty ... Tim
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Storyline

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering the secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Between land and sea there is a place where myths are real. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Over 1,000 girls were tested for the role of Fiona, which required the actress to be "Thin, underweight, pale complexion, but perky and not afraid of water." See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when the seals push the cradle-boat back into the sea, you can clearly see a hand at the top left corner of the frame grab the cradle and pull it. See more »

Quotes

Tadhg: Once a Selkie finds its skin again, neither chains of steel nor chains of love can keep her from the sea. From that day on, it was forbidden to harm a seal on the island.
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Mist on the Morning/Musical Priest
Trad/Arranged by Mason Daring
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A good story well told
14 August 2004 | by itsmewendyleeSee all my reviews

I loved this movie. While this was not a movie specifically made for a young audience (by that I mean, it's not a "kid flick,") this is a great family film. If you give your kids a chance to love an intelligent film, they will. This story is told so vividly, so beautifully, that it held my 6 and 9 year old daughters rapt in spite of the fact that it did not resemble a Disney Channel video.

Anyone who can appreciate folklore tales should love this movie. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking, the script well written, the actors all wholly believable. I could watch it again and again.


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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret of Roan Inish See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,601, 5 February 1995

Gross USA:

$6,159,269

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,159,269
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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