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A War of Children (1972)

Two families in Belfast, one Protestant and one Catholic, find that their long-standing friendship is threatened by the escalating sectarian violence that surrounds them.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writer:

James Costigan
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vivien Merchant ... Nora Tomelty
Jenny Agutter ... Maureen Tomelty
John Ronane John Ronane ... Frank Tomelty
Anthony Andrews ... Reg Hogg
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Ian McCullum
Aideen O'Kelly Aideen O'Kelly ... Meg McCullum
Danny Figgis Danny Figgis ... Donal Tomelty
David G. Meredith David G. Meredith ... Robbie McCullum
Patrick Dawson Patrick Dawson ... Seamus Lynch
Cathleen Delany Cathleen Delany ... Mrs. Doyle (as Cathleen Delaney)
Maura Keeley Maura Keeley ... Woman in Shop
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Mr. Fiske
Des Nealon Des Nealon ... British Lieutenant (as Desmond Nealon)
Pat Laffan ... British Soldier
Conor Evans Conor Evans ... British Soldier
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Two families in Belfast, one Protestant and one Catholic, find that their long-standing friendship is threatened by the escalating sectarian violence that surrounds them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Trivia

Debut of actress Cathleen Delany. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1978) See more »

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A Very Good Film
7 April 2020 | by janetfaye-45439See all my reviews

I understand the criticisms of some of the reviewers. I lived in Miami during the TV series Miami Vice and we used to laugh at some of the ridiculous and unrealistic happenings, particularly the geographical inconsistencies, treating Miami Beach and Miami as one location. However, I am fine with artistic liberties. If I desire perfect realism/history, I watch a documentary or read a book, and I doubt the film could've been made in Northern Ireland in 1972. Did Bert's crummy cockney accent ruin Mary Poppins? For me, the extreme power of the story completely overrode any illogical inconsistencies. I very much enjoyed the film, and cried buckets at several points (which, since I am a notorious watering pot, that may not be such a big deal!) I saw the film on TV in 1972 (or 73) and was quite moved by it. I would definitely recommend it. The acting of every single character was superb! My only criticism is that the film itself hasn't aged well; the copy I saw was very grainy and at times, difficult to hear dialogue.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Krieg der Kinder See more »

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Production Co:

Tomorrow Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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