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Captain Boycott (1947)

Approved | | Drama, History | 1948 (Austria)
In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

Patrick Campbell (additional dialogue), Paul Vincent Carroll (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Hugh Davin
Kathleen Ryan ... Anne Killain
Cecil Parker ... Capt. Charles C. Boycott
Mervyn Johns ... Watty Connell
Alastair Sim ... Father McKeogh
Noel Purcell ... Daniel McGinty
Niall MacGinnis ... Mark Killain
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Davin
Eddie Byrne ... Sean Kerin
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Michael Fagan
Liam Redmond ... Martin Egan
Edward Lexy ... Sgt. Dempsey
Robert Donat ... Charles Stewart Parnell
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Mrs. Fagan
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Robert Hogan
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Storyline

Fact-based historical drama about the Irish farmer rebellion against the landed and privileged class. In 1880, prominent Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, President of the Irish Land League which represented tenants' rights, held a public speech against the landlords. In his fiery speech, Parnell urged shunning the landlords rather than killing them. One of the worst landlords, Captain Charles Boycott, lived in County Mayo and charged extortionate rents from his tenants and sharecroppers. In case of late payment, Captain Boycott forcibly evicted his tenants using the constabulary force or the army. Farmer Hugh Davin advocated the use of force rather than the passive resistance advocated by Irish politician Parnell. However, Parnell pertinently commented that use of force against the landlords will invite reprisals from the part of the army and the police. In the end, the farmers and those already evicted from their homes decide to give Parnell's idea a try. As part of their ... Written by nufs68

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitão Boycott See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stuntman Paddy Ryan was paid approximately 40 pounds for doing one day's work on this movie, according to an article in Picture Post, 15 March 1947. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Strickland: You can't make British soldiers fight for what any fool can see is an unjust cause.
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Soundtracks

Heights of Alma
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Traditional
Arranged by William Alwyn
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Wow...this film actually made me learn stuff!
14 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Captain Boycott" is a film that caught me by surprise. I thought it would be a nice adventure story starring Stewart Granger...period. However, there was less adventure than I'd expected AND I ended up learning some cool history. As a retired history teacher, this was mega-cool (I cannot believe I just said 'mega-cool'....that is so unlike me). What I didn't realize is that the film is about the origination of the term 'boycott'...and that boycotts are named after someone...a very jerky someone at that!

The story is set in Ireland in the 19th century. Considering the potato blight had decimated the population (many migrating abroad and many simply dying of starvation), it's no wonder that the story is very pro-Irish--the 19th century was certainly bad for them. What made it worse were jerk-face (I cannot believe I just said 'jerk-face') landlords who responded to this poverty by evicting the tenant farmers--thus increasing the misery. Fed up with one particularly nasty landlord, Captain Boycott (that was his real-life name!), the Irish set about stopping these excesses through the use of boycotts! Watch the film to see what all this is about and if you like history lessons, you'll probably enjoy this surprisingly interesting and well made film. Worth a look.


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