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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 »

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writer:

Paul Pender

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Vavasseur ... Evelyn Doyle
Niall Beagan Niall Beagan ... Dermot Doyle
Hugh McDonagh Hugh McDonagh ... Maurice Doyle (as Hugh Macdonagh)
Pierce Brosnan ... Desmond Doyle
Mairead Devlin Mairead Devlin ... Charlotte Doyle
Frank Kelly ... Henry Doyle
Claire Mullan Claire Mullan ... Mrs. Daisley
Alvaro Lucchesi Alvaro Lucchesi ... Inspector Logan
Garrett Keogh Garrett Keogh ... District Judge
Daithi O'Suilleabhain Daithi O'Suilleabhain ... Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
Andrea Irvine Andrea Irvine ... Sister Brigid
Marian Quinn ... Sister Theresa
Karen Ardiff Karen Ardiff ... Sister Felicity
Julianna Margulies ... Bernadette Beattie
Bosco Hogan ... Father O'Malley
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

Germany | Ireland | USA | UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Disputa See more »

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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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| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 Jeopardy!: Episode #22.7 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy Girl
(Traditional)
Performed by The Cór Na Nog Rté Choir
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Evelyn, At the Heart of the Matter ****
28 February 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Something totally different for actor Pierce Brosnan, and he makes the best of it in a terrific performance.

Desmond Doyle (Brosnan) is a poor Irish father, married with 3 children. His wife deserts him and as he has no finances, the state takes his loving children away and places the boys in one school and his daughter, Evelyn, in a convent.

His lovely daughter meets up with one kind nun but one so vicious played by a lady whose last name is Irvine. I haven't seen such cruelty displayed by a nun since Gladys Cooper in "The Song of Bernadette."

Brosnan, a house painter and part-time singer, shows tremendous depth in this role of a hard-drinking, heavy smoking individual whose love for his children transcends all.

He engages two attorneys played by Stephen Rea and Aidan Quinn to help him. In turn, they pursue another retired attorney, the late Alan Bates, who provides comic relief with his performance.

The picture focuses on the attempts of the attorneys to change Irish law that would allow one parent in such a situation to decide what's right for his child.

Irish eyes are certainly smiling on Doyle, he immediately touches the hearts of the people in his plain, sympathetic style. Heart-wrenching and a joy to view. Don't miss it.


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