6.6/10
434
14 user 2 critic

Lamb (1985)

"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh ... See full summary »

Director:

Colin Gregg

Writers:

Bernard MacLaverty (novel), Bernard MacLaverty (screenplay)
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ALL
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Innocent (1985)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

This densely-packed film is based on a book by Tom Hart about the struggles of a young Yorkshire boy trying to come to grips with squabbling parents, a doctor who wants to institutionalize ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Andrew Hawley, Kika Markham, Kate Foster
Crime | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.

Director: David Leland
Stars: Kenny Ireland, Liam Neeson, Joanne Whalley
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Journey with Pilgrim as John Bunyan's famous allegory leaps from its pages to a movie.

Director: Ken Anderson
Stars: Peter Thomas, Maurice O'Callaghan, Liam Neeson
Christiana (1979)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Sequel to Pilgrim's Progress. Christiana decides to follow in her husband's footsteps and make a pilgrimage to the Celestial City with her children and a friend.

Director: Ken Anderson
Stars: Jenny Cunningham, Tina Heath, Liam Neeson
Next of Kin (1989)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin
Suspect (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A legal team defending a homeless, mute man of murder, find a web of corruption that may have dangerous implications.

Director: Peter Yates
Stars: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts
Sworn to Silence (TV Movie 1987)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lawyer who is defending an accused murderer, is told by his client the whereabouts of the bodies. However, being his lawyer, he is unable to reveal this information.

Director: Peter Levin
Stars: Peter Coyote, Dabney Coleman, Caroline McWilliams
Duet for One (1986)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Stephanie, a famous violin player married to a composer becomes ill from multiple sclerosis. Her whole life goes to pieces : her career ends abruptly and her husband betrays her with ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy
Stars: Julie Andrews, Alan Bates, Max von Sydow
Ruby Cairo (1992)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After her businessman husband dies suspiciously in a Mexican plane crash, his widow begins to investigate his labyrinthine financial dealings, not all of which are legal.

Director: Graeme Clifford
Stars: Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson, Viggo Mortensen
Rob Roy (1995)
Adventure | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt
Nailed (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: June Howson
Stars: Colin Blakely, Liam Neeson, Colm Meaney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Michael Lamb
Harry Towb ... Priest
Hugh O'Conor ... Owen Kane
Frances Tomelty Frances Tomelty ... Mrs. Kane
Ian Bannen ... Brother Benedict
Ronan Wilmot ... Brother Fintan
Denis Carey Denis Carey ... Mr. Lamb
Eileen Kennally Eileen Kennally ... Neighbour Woman
David Gorry David Gorry ... O'Donnell
Andrew Pickering Andrew Pickering ... Murphy
Stuart O'Connor Stuart O'Connor ... O'Holloran
Ian McElhinney ... Maguire
Bernadette McKenna Bernadette McKenna ... Jeweller's Assistant
Jessica Saunders Jessica Saunders ... Bank Teller on Boat
Robert Hamilton Robert Hamilton ... Stranger at Holyhead
Edit

Storyline

"Lamb" focuses on the relationship between Brother Michael Lamb (Liam Neeson), a teacher in a Roman Catholic-run institution for troubled boys in Ireland, and 10-year-old Owen Kane (Hugh O'Conor), the school's most unruly pupil. Dumped into the institution by his abusive mother, Owen is an incorrigible mess who smokes cigarettes, curses, wets his bed, picks fights and has epileptic seizures. Written by mrwarcriminal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1986 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Deixe-me Viver See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was released five years after its source novel, of the same name, by Bernard MacLaverty, had been published. MacLaverty also penned the screenplay for the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Reggae Train
(uncredited)
Written by Dennis Bovell and William Farley
KPM Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Substance just not there
18 October 1999 | by timelord-3See all my reviews

I must profess the only reason I taped this film when it was shown recently on Australian ABC TV was because I saw that Liam Neeson and Ian Bannen were in it.

I therefore began watching it knowing absolutely nothing about it. I came away feeling slightly disappointed, but overall I found it enjoyable.

The story concerns a priest, played with suitable piousy by Neeson, a man whos faith is slowly ebbing away in the face of hardship.

His eye falls to a newcomer to the school at which he works, a young boy called Owen who seems to have quite a chip on his shoulder, and does not like authority of any kind.

The two develop a friendship, and, at a crucial moment, the priest decides to kidnap the boy and travel to London and better climes. He tells Owen that he has talked to his mother and gained permission to have him for a while.

They spend a while in London (living off an advance of his inheritance from his recently departed father), and get quite close.

But Owen suffers from epilepsy, a condition which requires constant medication. And when the money and drugs start running out...

Lamb is quite a routine picture for much of its length, lacking any real emotional depth until the last 20 minutes. Its length is perhaps a bit long, with its paper thin plot stretched out to accommodate this.

Apart from the last 20-30 minutes where the desperation starts to set in and they run out of money, resorting to more seedier accommodation, it really lacks the hook to keep a viewer interested.

4 out of 10.


2 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed