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Love & Rage (1999)

This film is based on true events that happened on Achill Island off the West coast of Ireland, in The Valley House.


Cathal Black


Brian Lynch, James Carney (book) (as Professor James Carney)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... Agnes MacDonnell
Daniel Craig ... James Lynchehaun
Stephen Dillane ... Dr. Croly
Valerie Edmond Valerie Edmond ... Biddy
Donal Donnelly ... Sweeney
David Walshe David Walshe ... Martin (as David Walsh)
Lalor Roddy ... Eamon
Mikel Murphy Mikel Murphy ... Paddy
Olivia Caffrey Olivia Caffrey ... Julia (as Olivia Caffery)
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Peasant Woman
Noel O'Donovan Noel O'Donovan ... Glass Workman
Kieran Aherne Kieran Aherne ... Vicar (as Kieran Ahern)
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Hotel Manager
Paul McGlinchey ... Constable
John Whelan John Whelan ... Porter


Agnes MacDonnell (Greta Scacchi), a strong and self-confident Englishwoman in her forties, owns a large estate on an island off the west coast of Ireland. When she begins a passionate but dangerous affair with twenty-something James Lynchehaun (Daniel Craig), her new estate manager, Agnes wages a desperate struggle to dominate this charismatic but destructive man. A tale of passion and violence in the Victorian era, LOVE and RAGE is based on the novel by James Carney. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for sexuality and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Most of the film was shot in the location where the events took place in 1894, on Achill Island off the west coast of Co Mayo, Ireland. The house shown in the film, is the one Agnes MacDonnell rebuilt, after her original house was burned down by James Lynchehaun. See more »


Agnes MacDonnell: Go back to hell!
James Lynchehaun: I can't go back. I'm in it!
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Crazy Credits

The credits, in red letters, appear on a dark screen with a single white dot slowly expanding to show a dark room with a woman in it, while Doctor Croly introduces himself in an off-screen narration and gives a short introduction to the film See more »


References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »


The Screw Dance
Written and Performed by 'Peadar o'Riada'
Copyright 'Peadar o'Riada'
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Evil Walks Among and Within Us
9 January 2007 | by macpet49-1See all my reviews

It is said that great art ought to disturb. Well, I found this movie quite disturbing as I did Hitchcock's Psycho and others that reveal the demons within and without. It is Daniel Craig's show all the way. He is becoming the great actor but I'm not sure I'm happy for him. He has the habit of swallowing each movie whole that he is in lately. I have always had a theory of so-called larger than life actors--they are egotistical and ravenous, not unlike Craig's character here. I believe that choice of roles is determined like eye color from birth. Genetically, people are predisposed to choose roles that reveal or employ something basic in their own personality. (No need to mention Mel Gibson--he jumps out at you.)I'm not saying that Craig is a psychopathic sociopath, but that his persona has elements that enable that type to live and breath and be believable. I noticed this in the past with actors like Nicholson, Pacino, Dean et al. There is something really too large in their own personalities that I find disturbing. I also notice they tend to be attracted to similar characters way beyond being character typed. It is interesting that this Lynchehaun was an actor as well. Their genius is in lying to us. Ronald Reagan did it marvellously. The question is, how does one sleep at night knowing these people rule the public's mores, fashions, ideals, etc. Is it any wonder America is under at war with itself? Anyway, enjoy the play, the play's the thing, no? Except, what do we do in a world where playacting is no longer an escape from reality but a deep dive into it? Personally, I miss the halcyon days of my youth when I naively did not know so much about the nature of mankind.

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