In Dublin circa 1911, John Cassidy (Rod Taylor), an impoverished idealist, whose 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 (Julie Christie), and seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora (Dame Maggie Smith) 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.
He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!
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Did You Know?
The character of "John Cassidy" is allegedly based on playwright Sean O'Casey (his name is an Anglicization of O'Casey's), but Rod Taylor
, playing the part, bears no resemblance to the famous writer. The real O'Casey was a diminutive man with poor eyesight who always wore thick glasses and kept out of violent encounters. He was a working-class man of strong intellectual gifts and fierce political views, and in reality was, at the time of the events depicted, about fifteen or twenty years older than "Cassidy" is supposed to be. See more
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
[agitated with his overly vigorous workmanship
Cassidy! For the love-a God man, your enthusiasm will be the death of us all. Toss the dirt nice and easy where it's meant to go.
What dya think you're doin' down there, reconstructin' the whole of Ireland? Come on outta there, come up.
[John reluctantly climbs out of the trench
Cassidy, ya be with us one day, and already ya nearly caused the most terrible slaughter among the men.
Yes, I'll get the hang of it if I'm given the ...
Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more
Referenced in MGM 40th Anniversary
22 April 1965 (Argentina)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.66 : 1
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