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The Abduction Club (2002)

A group of Irish noblemen kidnap girls in order to marry into their fortune and avoid becoming priests or soldiers.

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Stefan Schwartz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alice Evans ... Catherine Kennedy
Daniel Lapaine ... Garrett Byrne
Sophia Myles ... Anne Kennedy
Matthew Rhys ... James Strang
Liam Cunningham ... John Power
Edward Woodward ... Lord Fermoy
Patrick Malahide ... Sir Myles
John Arthur ... Robert Kennedy
Tom Murphy Tom Murphy ... Knox
Terry Byrne Terry Byrne ... Mary Nugent's Father
Guy Carleton ... Butler
Fedelma Cullen Fedelma Cullen ... Mary's Mother
Alexander Downes Alexander Downes ... Lieutenant
Halina Froudist Halina Froudist ... Serving Woman
Peter Gaynor Peter Gaynor ... Teeling
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Storyline

Set in 18th century Ireland, the 'Abduction Club' is an infamous gang of men who woo, abduct, and marry wealthy heiresses. Garrett Byrne and James Strang are both younger sons and therefore unable to inherit titles or estates. To improve their situation they set their sights on the Kennedy sisters, but are unprepared both for the young women's reaction and the trouble that follows them... Written by L. Hamre

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It'll steal your heart.


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Goofs

When Strang is fighting Power on the beach he is using a wooden boat hook (with only a metal hook on the end). When the shaft of the boat hook and the sword clash they make the sound of metal on metal. See more »

Quotes

Robert Kennedy: Is there news of the injured soldier?
Lord Fermoy: He has a fever, though I'm told the wound is unlikely to prove fatal. Let us pray he makes a full recovery. Of course. However, should he die, there would be less sympathy for those who are responsible for his murder.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 1 second, with the video cuts expanded to 7 secs, to get a '12' certificate. Cuts were required to the sight of two men hanging by their necks in an execution scene, on the grounds of hanging being seen as a potentially harmful imitable technique. The cuts were also needed so that the film was suitable for release under the Video Recordings Act of 1984. See more »

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A Delightful Movie.
7 December 2006 | by dukesdungeonSee all my reviews

The fact that this story is based on actual events is very interesting indeed. Just remember, the premise is based on actual events of history, not the story. Whether or not this story is true matters not. The whole adventure is worth watching if you're a romantic or you enjoy a good old love story.

The idea that this could have been happening in those times is very believable. I never knew about this as being an actual occurrence until I saw the movie. What an education!

This is a great yarn if you make some allowances, so, if you don't take your history too serious, watch this movie.


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Release Date:

19 July 2002 (UK) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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