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Cal (1984)

Cal (John Lynch), a young man on the fringes of the I.R.A., falls in love with Marcella (Dame Helen Mirren), a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year ... See full summary »

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 (John Lynch), a young man on the fringes of the I.R.A., falls in love with Marcella (Dame Helen Mirren), a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year earlier by the I.R.A. Written by Mark Whitnall <whitnall@rockroseweb.com>

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


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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dame Helen Mirren won the Award for Best Actress at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival for her performance as Marcella in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Cal and his father sit on the bed his father has a cup of tea with a spoon. He takes the teabag out with the spoon and puts the spoon on the table. In the next shot the spoon is in the cup. See more »

Quotes

Marcella: Would you die for me?
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Connections

Referenced in The Lost Boys (1987) See more »

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Poor story, fantastic soundtrack
15 May 2018 | by seivadchSee all my reviews

Many many years ago (late 80s) in a town near by I entered a record store and saw a sound track album by Mark Knopfler for a film called Cal.

Recorded at the same time and place as mega hit album Brothers in Arms, in the same way as Private Investigations and Local Hero the 2 albums had been done concurrently. Cal (the Album) contains the music that was not used on BiA, for what ever reason, wrong Vibe, too much like, whatever it is Mark's intimate music at that time.

Unlike Local Hero the film is a very sad, and much as I've tried to like it I cannot. Thankfully the cause of this story is now lost and hopefully forever.

I wold recommend the Album to anyone, but the film to no one.


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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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Mono

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Color
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