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Titanic Town (1998)

A Belfast, Northern Ireland housewife takes up the peace cause, which causes her family trouble with I.R.A. sympathizers.

Director:

Roger Michell

Writers:

Mary Costello (novel), Anne Devlin (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Bernie McPhelimy
Ciarán Hinds ... Aidan McPhelimy
Nuala O'Neill Nuala O'Neill ... Annie McPhelimy
James Loughran James Loughran ... Thomas McPhelimy
Barry Loughran Barry Loughran ... Brendan McPhelimy
Elizabeth Donaghy Elizabeth Donaghy ... Sinead McPhelimy
Ciarán McMenamin ... Dino / Owen
Jaz Pollock Jaz Pollock ... Patsy French
Caolan Byrne ... Niall French
Aingeal Grehan Aingeal Grehan ... Deirdre
Oliver Ford Davies ... Whittington
Nicholas Woodeson ... Immonger (as Nick Woodeson)
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Finnbar
B.J. Hogg B.J. Hogg ... Chair
Doreen Hepburn Doreen Hepburn ... Nora
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Set in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1972, the politically naïve Bernie McPhelimy (Dame Julie Walters) is trying to bring up a normal family in less than normal surroundings. Her best friend is accidentally shot and killed by the I.R.A., and her neighbors are constantly raided by the army. In this climate of fear and confusion, she dares to stand up and condemn the killings. Criticizing both factions equally, her public call for a ceasefire is interpreted by many as an attack against the I.R.A., and as her fledgling peace movement takes momentum, she and her family are placed in the frontline. Written by Dave F

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Drama

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Back Down the River
Written and Performed by John Martyn
Published by Warlock Music Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Island Records Ltd.
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A moving and challenging film
1 September 1999 | by JohnD47See all my reviews

I saw this at the 1998 Montreal Film Festival and found it a moving and challenging film on the complexities of personal and political response to a longstanding and divisive issue. Well acted and cinematographed, this film added a dimension that has been rarely touched upon in other depictions of the "troubles in Northern Ireland." It compliments "Every Mother's Son" and "In the Name of the Father" with a moving story of the long-lasting and indiscriminate effects of violence and an attempt to question its limits as a political strategy. This is not a simplistic film, and its power comes from the depth of its critique of all the players in this ongoing political struggle.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Belfast Bullets See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,785, 4 September 2000

Gross USA:

$65,793

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,793
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