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The Irishman (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama , Romance | 28 February 1978 (USA)
The Doolan family are trying to make a go in the freight hauling business in Queensland, Australia. The problem is it's the 1920's, the Doolans use horses and motorized vehicles can do it ... See full summary »

Director:

Donald Crombie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Paddy Doolan
Simon Burke ... Michael Doolan
Robyn Nevin ... Jenny Doolan
Lou Brown Lou Brown ... Will Doolan
Tui Bow Tui Bow ... Granny Doolan
Andrew McGuire Andrew McGuire ... Grandpa Doolan
Gerard Kennedy Gerard Kennedy ... Chad Ingram
Tony Barry ... Rob Dalgliesh
Marcella Burgoyne Marcella Burgoyne ... Mrs. Dalgleish
Bryan Brown ... Eric Haywood
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Bailey Clark
Roberta Grant Roberta Grant ... Mrs. Bailey Clark
Roger Ward ... Kevin Quilty
John Clayton John Clayton ... Sam Brookes
Tim Robertson Tim Robertson ... Bill Bryant
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The Doolan family are trying to make a go in the freight hauling business in Queensland, Australia. The problem is it's the 1920's, the Doolans use horses and motorized vehicles can do it faster. The proud father Paddy has difficulty accepting change.

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The Australian outback historical epic See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El irland├ęs See more »

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Budget:

AUD 767,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Gevacolor)
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Trivia

This film's source novel 'The Irishman' by Elizabeth O'Connor won the Australian Miles Franklin Award for Literature in 1960. See more »

Connections

Referenced in On Location with 'The Irishman' (2006) See more »

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a lost Australian epic
22 February 2004 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

What a gorgeous EPIC film! This is one of the Australian Film Industry's most beautifully made really BIG films of the 70s...and also one of its almost completely forgotten. Made at a time when there were many period piece films THE IRISHMAN is actually the very best of them. Somewhere between Picnic At hanging Rock and Gallipoli Australia musty have produced 20 horsey movies set in the country. Sadly, in its day, it was just another film, but seen apart from the mob, this one is the most perfectly photographed, heartfelt, optimistic and realistic family features made in this country. Unrelentingly exquisite to watch, with engaging and genuine characters and a sensational cast, THE IRISHMAN is the one Australian film from the late 70s that deserves a major re discovery. A widescreen DVD of this film will be late entry masterpiece into everyone's collection. Apparently the archive in Australia is about to produce a new 35mm print and I can only say it will be one of their most satisfying parts of the collection possible. It may not be available internationally for a while, but collectors from the US and UK and European countries should track this down and buy a copy. One day.


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