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Evelyn (2002)

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

Genres:

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

Evelyn's mother is said to have gone to Australia with her lover, but in reality, she went to England and ended up raising another family there. The real Evelyn Doyle eventually saw her mother on more than one occasion, but they never reconciled. See more »

Goofs

When the camera pans on to the accordionist it shows the accordionist playing a Saltarelle accordion which were only produced from 1984 onwards. 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

Sitting on Top of the World
Written by Van Morrison (as Morrison)
Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Exile Productions Ltd.
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One man vs Ireland
13 March 2004 | by munnieSee all my reviews

This is the story of how Desmond Doyle fought the Irish government to have his children (Evelyn, Dermot, and Maurice) released back into his custody. After his wife desserts him, leaving behind the children also, the government takes his children until such a time as the unmarried, currently unemployed Desi "can improve his circumstances". Much to his naive and broken heart's dismay, he later realizes that once the government has them, it intends to keep them from living in a paternal, one parent home. It tells the story of this man's journey becoming a better man and father. It also tells the story of the incidents behind the over turning of an unconstitutional law which had never been successfully challenged. Played brilliantly by Pierce Brosnan (who was born in Ireland) with Alan Bates taking on the role of the ex-barrister (retired) who changed the course of Irish family history. Sophie Vavasseur does an excellent job in the title role of Evelyn. Not over played or pretentious, this is a quiet must see for those who like to see real life with some happy endings.


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