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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.

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

IRA stands for the Irish Republican Army whilst RUC stands for the Royal Ulster Constabulary. 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

Skeffington: Not to act is to act. By doing nothing, you're keeping the Brits here.
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Connections

Referenced in The Lost Boys (1987) See more »

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feels real to an outsider
28 February 2015 | by jhowar1See all my reviews

It's interesting to see Irish reviewers' takes on movies like this. I haven't seen Cal in years, but I still listen to the beautiful soundtrack by Mark Knopfler. I put it on this morning, which is why I thought to look up the movie here.

I remember being captivated by the drama of this young kid in over his head, both with the IRA and in his romance with an older woman. The scenes had a raw grittiness that felt very real to me when I saw it in the theater, back in the mid-1980s.

So it's surprising to me to hear the film described by at least one reviewer here as both unlikely and clichéd. And I can't argue with that, in terms of history or culture or politics, because I wasn't there. Anyone who lived in Belfast at the time would surely have a more realistic view of the IRA and of Irish culture than I do.

But this morning, my young son looked up when that first song came on, and gave me a look, like, "What in the world is this?" After the song ended, he said, "Dad, it's so beautiful, it almost hurts." That's how I always felt about Cal. I'm a sucker for anything that's both beautiful and sad. That's how I remember the movie.


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