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Nora (2000)

In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's ... See full summary »

Director:

Pat Murphy

Writers:

Brenda Maddox (based on the biography: written by), Pat Murphy | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Lynch ... Nora Barnacle
Andrew Scott ... Michael Bodkin
Vinnie McCabe Vinnie McCabe ... Uncle Tommy (as Vincent McCabe)
Veronica Duffy Veronica Duffy ... Annie Barnacle
Ewan McGregor ... James Joyce
Aedin Moloney Aedin Moloney ... Eva Joyce
Pauline McLynn ... Miss Kennedy
Neilí Conroy Neilí Conroy ... Maid
Darragh Kelly Darragh Kelly ... Cosgrave
Alan Devine Alan Devine ... Gogarty
Peter McDonald ... Stanislaus Joyce
Paul Hickey ... Curran
Kate O'Toole Kate O'Toole ... Miss Delahunty
Martin Murphy Martin Murphy ... George Russell
Karl Scully Karl Scully ... John McCormack
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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank, direct and uninhibited manner, and before long, he's convinced her to come with him to Trieste, where he has a job with Berlitz. Over time, Nora pulls him through phobias, tolerates his drinking, takes in his brother Stan, and bests Joyce at 'the writin' game' to bring him back to Italy from Dublin where he's gone to open a cinema. But his sexual jealousy threatens the relationship and sends her back to Galway with the children. Is there any way to tame Jim's green-eyed monster? And, will the lad ever get his stories published? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and related dialogue | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland | UK | Italy | Germany

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Нора See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,297, 6 May 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,297, 6 May 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It took around four years for producer Ewan McGregor to get this film to the screen. See more »

Quotes

[After the climax of their first date]
Nora: Do you have a hankie, Mr. Joyce?
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Crazy Credits

'Dubliners' was finally published in 1914. James Joyce is recognised as one of the world's great writers. He and Nora spent the rest of their lives together. See more »

Connections

Features The Colleen Bawn (1911) See more »

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She is From the Land
Performed by Ewan McGregor
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And the point is ... ??
29 March 2003 | by centralchargeSee all my reviews

It will not be difficult to find large numbers of enthusiasts in the literature departments of your local university who will state under oath that James Joyce was one of the greatest creative geniuses in human history. Something about his biography can for instance be found in the books by Richard Ellman or Fritz Senn, two Joyce specialists who devoted their lives to the study of his work. His work is not dull, as some commentators here were suspecting, but it's also not a collection of one-liners. Actually, it's hard to find more challenging mind-bogglers that are also considered literary classics than some of Joyce's work. I must say that for those who hoped to learn something about 'James', 'Nora' has as much to offer as 'Bilitis' about Einstein. If you forget about the names of the protagonists in this film, it goes through as a somewhat entertaining writer-lover romance. But to honestly attribute Joyce's name to this semi-sofporn is quite off the mark. And as to the question on my title line, the answer is: I honestly don't know.


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