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Young Cassidy (1965)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 22 April 1965 (Argentina)
In Dublin 1910, Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist's ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jack Cardiff, John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

John Whiting (screenplay), Sean O'Casey (autobiography "Mirror in My House")
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... John Cassidy
Julie Christie ... Daisy Battles
Maggie Smith ... Nora
Michael Redgrave ... W.B. Yeats
Edith Evans ... Lady Gregory
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Cassidy
Jack MacGowran ... Archie
Siân Phillips ... Ella
T.P. McKenna ... Tom
Julie Ross Julie Ross ... Sara
Robin Sumner Robin Sumner ... Michael
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Mick Mullen (as Phillip O'Flynn)
Pauline Delaney ... Bessie Ballynoy (as Pauline Delany)
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Foreman
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... 1st Hurler
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Storyline

In Dublin 1910, Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist's ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Brawling, battling, earthy... That's Young Cassidy - taking on the world with two fists clenched and every male sense soaring See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1965 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

El soñador rebelde See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The lead role was originally offered to Sean Connery. See more »

Goofs

The story is set around 1910. One hour into the story a horse and carriage pass by. A 1960s-era car is seen turning at an intersection where it just came from. See more »

Crazy Credits

Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sean O'Casey: The Spirit of Ireland (1965) See more »

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What Ford really directed
22 January 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Two scenes, but one of them is the best of the whole movie:the mother's death.The camera only shows the hero when he enters the fateful room;we see the tragedy on his face longer than usual before the camera reaches the deathbed.There's a similar scene in JF 's "three godfathers" when the outlaws meet the dying mother in her wagon.The second scene is the fight in the pub which recalls "the quiet man" .

As for the lead,Ford wanted Sean Connery but he was too busy playing OO7.The female parts are strong,featuring Flora Robson,Maggie Smith and Julie Christie ,but the latter only appears for a few minutes.A lot of colorful characters ,from the stingy heartless undertakers to the "keep cool boy" grocer,from the old lady mixing with the riffraff by welcoming the playwright's committed dramas to the obscure librarian ,give the movie substance.

These two scenes and "Seven women" two years later were John Ford's swansong.


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