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The Night Fighters (1960)

A Terrible Beauty (original title)
Not Rated | | War, Drama, Action | May 1960 (UK)
In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermot O'Neill finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out?

Director:

Tay Garnett

Writers:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay) (as Robert Wright Campbell), Arthur Roth (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Dermot O'Neill
Richard Harris ... Sean Reilly
Anne Heywood ... Neeve Donnelly
Dan O'Herlihy ... Don McGinnis
Cyril Cusack ... Jimmy Hannafin
Niall MacGinnis ... Ned O'Neill (Dermot's brother) (as Niall McGinnis)
Marianne Benet Marianne Benet ... Bella O'Neill (Dermont's sister)
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Tim Malone
Harry Brogan Harry Brogan ... Patrick O'Neill
Eileen Crowe Eileen Crowe ... Mrs. Kathleen O'Neill
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... Seamus
Marie Kean ... Mrs. Matia Devlin (the publican)
Geoffrey Golden Geoffrey Golden ... Sgt. Crawley
Eddie Golden Eddie Golden ... Johnny Corrigan (as Edward Golden)
Wilfred Downing Wilfred Downing ... Quinn
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In Ireland, it's 1941 and Irish Republicans have made a tentative bond with Nazi Germany to help Ireland in its never-ending struggle with Great Britain. A small cell of IRA soldiers is recruited in one village, under the flimsy leadership of the morally and physically lame Don McGinnis. Among the new recruits is Dermot O'Neill, who wants to free Ireland from Britain, but is not as convinced of the means as are his colleagues. McGinnis, in love with Dermot's sister, who spurns him, means to prove himself through violence, even though he's not able due to his disability to participate in the raids he sends Dermot and others on. On one such raid, Dermot and his pal Sean Reilly are separated from the squad. Dermot helps the wounded Sean to safety, but when Sean returns to their village and is captured, Dermot must decide whether his duty lies with the cause, with Ireland, or with his own humanity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The film takes place in Ireland in 1941. See more »

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Dermot: Sometimes I think the I.R.A. was invented by a manufacturer of trench coats to keep up sales.
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Could have been better
15 October 2003 | by movieman_kevSee all my reviews

Robert Mitchum is an irish-man who joins the IRA during the WW2 era. They plan to fight the British while they're occupied with the Germans. Could have been a much better movie if the people didn't act so one- dimensional. I almost yawned a few times.

Where I saw it: Showtime Extreme (ironic, i know)

My grade: C-


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