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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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A heartbreaking tale of Northern Ireland
13 January 2001 | by AldanoliSee all my reviews

This made-for-TV movie is set in the time period it was made (1972), telling the story of two Northern Ireland families, one Protestant and one Catholic, who have managed, in spite of their different backgrounds, to become friends. Yet they must still struggle against ancient hatreds that have divided their communities and their island -- to the extent that they must maintain their friendship in secret and away from their respective neighborhoods. Despite their efforts, that friendship is gradually eroded by enmity and fear woven so deeply that, before long, it begins to engulf another generation.

Jenny Agutter is the daughter of the Catholic family who finds romance with a British soldier, played by a very young Anthony Andrews. Despite these familiar faces, though, the mostly-Irish cast and the location filming give this movie a deep sense of authenticity. Ultimately, it's a heartbreaking story that pulls no punches -- made all the more poignant because, after so many years, Northern Ireland still has found no lasting peace.


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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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