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Liam (2000)

R | | Drama | 5 October 2001 (USA)
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A family falls into poverty during the Depression.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Jimmy McGovern
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hart ... Dad
Claire Hackett Claire Hackett ... Mum
Anthony Borrows ... Liam
David Hart David Hart ... Con
Megan Burns Megan Burns ... Teresa
Anne Reid ... Mrs. Abernathy
Russell Dixon Russell Dixon ... Father Ryan
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Auntie Aggie
Andrew Schofield ... Uncle Tom
Bernadette Shortt Bernadette Shortt ... Lizzie
David Carey David Carey ... Lizzie's husband
David Knopov David Knopov ... Mr. Samuels
Jane Gurnett Jane Gurnett ... Mrs. Samuels
Gema Loveday Gema Loveday ... Jane Samuels
Martin Hancock ... David
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Storyline

A morality tale of xenophobia, religious prejudice, mob violence, poverty, and their effect on two children in Liverpool during the Depression. When a shipyard closes, Liam and Teresa's dad loses his job. Liam, who's about 8, making his first Holy Communion, gets a regular dose of fire and brimstone at church. Teresa, about 13, has a job as a maid to the Jewish family that owns the closed shipyard. The lady of that house is having an affair, and Teresa becomes an accomplice. Liam stutters terribly, especially when troubled. Dad comes under the sway of the Fascists, who blame cheap Irish labor and Jewish owners. A Molotov cocktail brings things to a head. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Big Heroes Come In Small Packages.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »
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UK | Germany | France | Italy

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

5 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lapsuuden loppu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,399, 23 September 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,006,408, 9 December 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Merry Ploughboy
Traditional
Sung by a woman at the New Year's gathering
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Superb stuff!
21 February 2002 | by alec-30See all my reviews

I was surprised to see so many negative comments, mainly from the U.S This is an utterly engrossing film, not a minute of it's content is superfluous and I was engrossed throughout the whole 90 minutes. The acting was superb from all and Liam will break your heart! the plot may have been a little far-fetched, but everything else was absolutely spot on,the religious aspect in particular sent chills through me, it was so real believe me!. This is another wonderful piece from Jimmy McGovern and I recommend it whole heartedly.


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