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(1990)

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Writer and Director Jim Sheridan described Richard Harris "as mad as a brush", and that he found him very difficult to control.
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Marlon Brando and Sir Sean Connery were considered for the role of "Bull" McCabe. Ray McAnally was originally cast, but died before production.
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In order to secure his role, Richard Harris arranged a meeting with Writer and Director Jim Sheridan, and turned up in full costume and in character. Sheridan, who was initially reluctant to cast Harris because of his difficult reputation, decided to cast him based on this meeting.
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Eamon Keane, who played Dan Paddy Andy (Matchmaker) in this movie, was John B. Keane's brother. Keane was the man who wrote the source stage play "The Field" (1965), which was eventually made into this movie.
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Rather than use prosthetic effects in his mouth, Sir John Hurt had his caps removed, and played the role of Bird with his own teeth.
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This movie. premiered in 1990, which was the 25th Anniversary year of its source stage play "The Field" by John B. Keane, which had been first performed.
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Richard Harris, Brendan Gleeson, and Sir John Hurt appeared in the Harry Potter film franchise.
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The only characters that were kept from the play, were Tadhg McCabe, "The Bird" O'Donnell, and Thady "The Bull" McCabe.
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Ray McAnally was originally cast as "The Bull", but his sudden death forced Writer and Director Jim Sheridan to re-cast his leading man. Richard Harris was considered for the role of the Priest, and persuaded Sheridan to trust him in the lead role. Harris' career had been in the doldrums for ages, but his towering performance here earned him his first Oscar nomination since 1962, and gave his movie work a huge resurgence.
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Many of the characters in the movie are last named "McCabe". One of the cast members had a McCabe surname, Ruth McCabe, her character being not a McCabe, but "Tinker Woman".
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Final Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Richard Harris. Harris never won an Oscar, his first Oscar nomination had been also for the Best Actor in a Leading Role category for This Sporting Life (1963).
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Sean Bean and Richard Harris appeared in Patriot Games (1992).
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The size of the field is given as three acres, one rood, and thirty-two perches. In metric measure, this is 1.6 hectares.
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The cast includes one Oscar winner: Brenda Fricker; and three Oscar nominees: Richard Harris, Sir John Hurt, and Tom Berenger.
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Brendan Gleeson, Sean McGinley, and Jer O'Leary appeared in Braveheart (1995) and Michael Collins (1996). In addition, Gleeson and McGinley appeared in Gangs of New York (2002).
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This movie was released twenty-five years after its source stage play of the same name by John B. Keane had been first performed.
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The nickname of Peter (Tom Berenger) was "The American", the nickname of O'Donnell (Sir John Hurt) was "Bird" or "The Bird", and the nickname of Thady McCabe (Richard Harris) was "Bull" or "The Bull".
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This movie received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role, for Richard Harris, but lost out to Jeremy Irons for Reversal of Fortune (1990).
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One DVD edition sleeve notes state that this movie was Richard Harris' "return to the screen".
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The screenplay went through several re-writes. Some of these changes were caused by changes to the cast.
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Jenny Conroy, who played Katie, the Tinker Girl, received an "introducing" credit.
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Debut theatrical movie of Jenny Conroy (Katie - The Tinker Girl).
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The closing credits state that this movie was: "Filmed entirely on-location in Ireland, in the counties of Galway, Kerry, Mayo, and Wicklow, and at M.T.M. Ardmore Studios."
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First movie of Writer and Director Jim Sheridan after his dual Oscar winning My Left Foot (1989), which had been nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay Adapted from Another Medium. It won Oscars for Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Brenda Fricker), the latter of whom also appeared in this movie.
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An image from this movie featured on an Irish thirty-two pence stamp in 1996, for the celebration of the commemoration of the Centenary of Irish Cinema. The stamp featured Sean Bean, Sir John Hurt, and Richard Harris in the Irish setting of Killary Harbour in Ireland.
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The play was first performed in 1965, it being based on a story from six years earlier, with the play published in book form in 1966, with a revised version twenty-one years later, with changes, and this movie version following three years after the play revision.
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At least sixty cast and crew, mostly the latter, worked on this movie and My Left Foot (1989).
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Three cast members appeared in this movie and My Left Foot (1989). These were Brenda Fricker, Ruth McCabe, and Jer O'Leary.
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Tom Berenger is the only American actor in the main cast.
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The play was first produced at the Olympia Theatre, in Dublin, Ireland in 1965.
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Brenda Fricker was in My Left Foot (1989), also playing a mother character.
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Some of the scenes from the play were changed for this movie version.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to wikipedia.com, "John B. Keane based the story on the 1959 murder of Moss Moore, a bachelor farmer living in Reamore, County Kerry. Dan Foley, a neighbor with whom Moore had a long-running dispute, was suspected of the murder, but the charges were denied by Foley's family."
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Body Count - Three (including the donkey).
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