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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 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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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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UK | France | Ireland | Germany

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English | Italian

Release Date:

19 July 2002 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Entführer & Gentlemen: The Abduction Club See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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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

[Last lines]
Anne Kennedy: Strang, what are you doing?
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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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cute movie
21 February 2006 | by clytamnestraSee all my reviews

a cute movie. all of the 'good' characters are nice and likable. the movie is predictable from the first minute, but these kind of movies are not supposed to be intellectually challenging anyway.

2 rich sisters are abducted by 2 poor young men (and their friends) wanting to marry them. at first the abduction is not much of a success, forcing the 4 of them to travel together for a few days. during this time both couples fall in love, but everybody is still a bit uneasy: the girls don't like the guys being after their money and the boys feel uncomfortable about that as well. that problem is solved when it turns out the sisters don't have any money after all. some more problems arise, but in the end everything is worked out and our happy young couples go find passage to America.

the only thing i didn't understand was the claim of this movie being 'based on real facts'. even though rich englisch ladies have indeed been kidnapped by pennyless younger suns, the story as displayed here is obviously fictional. making this claim will only confuse people who are looking for a realistic story, and drive away people who want a simple romantic story. better to drop that claim altogether.


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