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Cal (1984)

Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA.

Director:

Pat O'Connor

Writers:

Bernard MacLaverty (novel), Bernard MacLaverty (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Mirren ... Marcella
John Lynch ... Cal
Donal McCann ... Shamie
John Kavanagh ... Skeffington
Ray McAnally ... Cyril Dunlop
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... Crilly
Catherine Gibson Catherine Gibson ... Mrs. Morton
Louis Rolston Louis Rolston ... Dermot Ryan
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Preacher
Gerard Mannix Flynn Gerard Mannix Flynn ... Arty
Seamus Forde Seamus Forde ... Mr. Morton
Edward Byrne Edward Byrne ... Skeffington Sr
J.J. Murphy ... Man in Library
Audrey Johnson Audrey Johnson ... Lucy
Brian Munn Brian Munn ... Robert Morton
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Storyline

Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the IRA. Written by Mark Whitnall <whitnall@rockroseweb.com>

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Out of Ireland's struggle, a passionate love is born.


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cal - Memórias de um Terrorista See more »

Filming Locations:

Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film was made and released about a year after its source novella of the same name by Bernard MacLaverty had been first published in 1983. MacLaverty also penned the film's screenplay for the picture. See more »

Goofs

Cal buys a present and puts it in his coat pocket but it disappears as he continues to walk. See more »

Quotes

Marcella: Cal... I'm sorry. I feel bad for hurting you the other night. Will you forgive me?
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Connections

Featured in The Many Faces of...: Dame Helen Mirren (2013) See more »

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Very good
22 November 1998 | by taiaSee all my reviews

The film "Cal" is about a young boy who falls in love with Marcella, both Catholic. Cal "works" for the IRA, and he participated in the killing of Marcella's husband. Cal wants to get out of the IRA, but that's not too easy. Anyway, the whole story is really about the relationship between Cal and Marcella, a great Irish love story. A story with an Irish ending...


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