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Evelyn (2002)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 2002 (USA)
1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Evelyn Doyle
Niall Beagan ... Dermot Doyle
Hugh McDonagh ... Maurice Doyle (as Hugh Macdonagh)
... Desmond Doyle
Mairead Devlin ... Charlotte Doyle
... Henry Doyle
Claire Mullan ... Mrs. Daisley
Alvaro Lucchesi ... Inspector Logan
Garrett Keogh ... District Judge
Daithi O'Suilleabhain ... Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
Andrea Irvine ... Sister Brigid
... Sister Theresa
Karen Ardiff ... Sister Felicity
... Bernadette Beattie
... Father O'Malley
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1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot, and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Irish courts put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that he'll get his children back after he gets a job, he learns there's another barrier. During that time, Evelyn suffers abuse, while Desmond goes to court to get his children back. A barmaid, her brother, her suitor, and a tippling footballer become Desmond's team.

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The story of a father's love that changed a nation

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Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2002 (USA)  »

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A Disputa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,344, 15 December 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,483,975, 4 May 2003
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Several decades later, widespread shocking revelations and allegations about the extent of the abuse of children in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, during this time in the 1950s, among other decades, and religious organizations, have since given this film a much darker undercurrent than originally intended. See more »

Goofs

The movie, set in the 1950s, features Irish television. Ireland's television station RTE was established on New Years Day 1962. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dermot Doyle: Evelyn, did Jesus have a big sister?
Evelyn Doyle: No Dermot, he wasn't as lucky as you.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evelyn: The Story Behind the Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Noel
(Traditional)
Performed by The Cór Na Nog Rté Choir
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How Did This Film Get Overlooked?
8 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this movie on pay per view, and I thought it was delightful. Pierce Brosnan does a fine job. So nice to see him really get a chance to act. And the supporting cast, including Alan Bates and Stephen Rea, is exceptional. The story is very believable and touching, probably because it is based on a true story. I just wonder why this film, directed by the talented Bruce Beresford, did not make any significant splash when it was released. It may have played in Austin, but I don't remember it. Just shows how marketing, or lack of it, can make a movie disappear. It's a shame it didn't get more attention. I heartily recommend it.


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