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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
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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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
Clare Mullen Clare Mullen ... Mrs. Daisley (as Claire Mullan)
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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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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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, have since given this film a much darker undercurrent than originally intended. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Desmond is cutting out the pictures of his wife, he cuts their wedding photo diagonally, so that her body remains in the photo. In the next scene, he throws the same photo into the fire, but this time it's been cut vertically - completely out of the photo. 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

On the Banks of the Roses
(Traditional)
Performed by Pierce Brosnan
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The luck of the Irish
30 December 2002 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

EVELYN (2002) *** Pierce Brosnan, Stephen Rea, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Alan Bates, John Lynch, Sophie Vavasseur, Niall Beagan, Hugh McDonagh, Mairead Devlin, Frank Kelly. Heart-tugging melodrama based on a true story about a working class Irishman named Desmond Doyle circa 1950s attempted to regain full custody of his three beloved children (including the cute-as-pie Vavasseur as the titular daughter) after their mother abandons them making them wards of the state with stints in a Catholic institution. Brosnan acts up a storm with brio and has able support from Rea, Bates and Quinn as his legal brothers in arms and Margulies as the local barmaid/love interest. Warm-hearted and predictable but none-the-less crowd pleasing. (Dir: Bruce Beresford)


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Germany | Ireland | UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,344, 15 December 2002

Gross USA:

$1,487,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,186,916
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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