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The Quare Fellow (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 June 1963 (Italy)
Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined to serve his country by his part in meting out justice to criminals. His ... See full summary »

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Arthur Dreifuss

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Brendan Behan (play), Arthur Dreifuss (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick McGoohan ... Thomas Crimmin
Sylvia Syms ... Kathleen
Walter Macken Walter Macken ... Regan
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Donnelly
Jack Cunningham Jack Cunningham ... Chief Warder
Hilton Edwards ... Holy Healy
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Prison Governor
Leo McCabe Leo McCabe ... Doctor Flyn
Norman Rodway ... Lavery
Marie Kean ... Mrs. O'Hara
Pauline Delaney ... Mickser's Wife
Geoffrey Golden Geoffrey Golden ... 1st Customs Officer (as Geoff Golden)
Tom Irwin Tom Irwin ... 2nd Customs Officer
Joseph O'Donnell Joseph O'Donnell ... Poet (as Joe O'Donnell)
Agnes Bernelle Agnes Bernelle ... Meg
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Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined to serve his country by his part in meting out justice to criminals. His superior, Regan, however, realizes that even prisoners are human beings, and Regan is sick of the eye-for-an-eye attitude that leads the state to execute condemned men, or "quare fellows." Crimmins begins to see that not all is black and white in his new world, and when he becomes involved with Kathleen, the wife of one of the condemned men, his attitude begins to change. When new evidence arises to suggest that Kathleen's husband may not deserve his fate, Crimmins is torn between his duty and his humanity. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1963 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Todeskandidat See more »

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Liger Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The interior prison scenes were filmed in Dublin's Kilmainham Gaol (jail), which is no longer in operation, and is open for tours by the public. See more »

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Gritty, demanding movie--watch MacGoohan act!
4 February 2001 | by mzavSee all my reviews

The title 'translates' to "The Condemned Man," by the way. As a kid, I saw this movie soon after its U.S. release; so after almost 40 years, I remember little except that (1)it was visually unlike any movie I'd seen; (2)I enjoyed it very much, especially (3)Patrick MacGoohan's performance. I hope to hunt this one down, see it again, and return here to relate more specifics.


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