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Poitín (1978)

A poitín maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardaí in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

Director:

Bob Quinn

Writer:

Colm Bairead
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cyril Cusack ... Michil
Donal McCann ... Labhrás
Niall Toibin ... Sleamhnan
Maighréad Ní Chonghaile Maighréad Ní Chonghaile ... Máire
Tom Sailí Ó Flaithearta Tom Sailí Ó Flaithearta ... Marcus (as Tomás Ó Flatharta)
Macdara Ó Fátharta Macdara Ó Fátharta ... Garda
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Garda sergeant (as Micheál Ó Maolallaí)
Seán Ó Coisdealbha Seán Ó Coisdealbha ... Óstóir
Tomás MacEoin Tomás MacEoin ... Amhránaí
Bairbre Uí Dhonncha Bairbre Uí Dhonncha ... Bean
Colm Bairéad Colm Bairéad ... Feirmeoir
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Johnny Choil Mhaidhc Johnny Choil Mhaidhc
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A poitín maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardaí in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

Irish

Release Date:

November 1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Poteen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cine Gael See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film caused a bit of controversy when released. Some people on the west coast of Ireland were appalled at how their lifestyle was displayed as backward, simple-minded and down right rough in appearance. One scene of the film that was the focus of much of the controversy was the 'spud fight' or 'Troid Pratai' scene, which seemed to set in stone negative stereotype that was held on the people of Ireland, but no more so on the west of the country where the film itself was set. See more »

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Featured in Century of Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

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Still Stands Up as a Movie
21 February 2019 | by btlarkinSee all my reviews

After reading some of the caustic reaction to this movie from its debut in the 1970s, I had minimal expectations after ordering the DVD by mail order. But the film is actually quite good and authentic to a certain aspect of rural Irish life. Further, from a slow loping pace, it actually gets very tense and had me on the edge of my seat for the last portion of the movie. So it stands up as a thriller as well as a milestone for the Irish language.


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