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The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)

The Boys from County Clare (original title)
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In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland.

Director:

John Irvin

Writer:

Nicholas Adams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hill ... John Joe
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Maisie
Andrea Corr ... Anne
Stephen Brennan ... Miko
Eamonn Owens ... Pat
Malachy Bourke Malachy Bourke ... Ben
Brendan O'Hare Brendan O'Hare ... Brendan
Ian Shaw ... Johnny
Leslie Bingham Leslie Bingham ... Leslie
Colm Meaney ... Jimmy
Shaun Evans ... Teddy
Philip Barantini ... Alex
Frank Twomey Frank Twomey ... Roger
Emmet Kirwan ... Clive
Noel Bridgeman Noel Bridgeman ... Drummer
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Storyline

It's the mid 1960s. With a long tradition of Irish music in their blood, middle-aged John Joe McMahon and younger Jimmy McMahon, two of three brothers, grew up in County Clare, Ireland. They have long been estranged, their falling out over a woman. John Joe, still living in County Clare, has never married, while Jimmy, who long ago left County Clare to live in Liverpool, is on wife number five and probably counting. As fiddlers, they each lead their own ceili band, following those strict musical conventions in which they were raised. As such, Jimmy's talented flautist, Teddy, exasperates him if only because of Teddy's being musically influenced by, among others, The Beatles. John Joe's band has won the best ceili band competition at the prestigious annual Irish music festival three years running. This year, Jimmy's band will also be in attendance for the first time. John Joe and Jimmy do not want to see each other and do whatever they can to ensure the other does not make it to the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Listen to your heart.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Ireland | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys & Girl from County Clare See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,856, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$142,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,869
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

An Irish music competition such as the one portrayed in the film is called a "fleadh" (pronounced like "flahhh"). However, nobody uses this word in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the van was on it's way to the festival, the distance was mentioned in miles. Ireland uses kilometers. See more »

Quotes

Anne: Is that all You ever think about, Music?
John Joe: Well when you've got the music, you've got friends for life. That's why I'm never lonely. Remember that.
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Connections

References The Commitments (1991) See more »

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The Trip We Took Over the Mountains
Traditional
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User Reviews

 
For the most part I enjoyed this Movie
31 December 2005 | by ostryjakSee all my reviews

A cutesy make ya feel good movie I enjoyed it just for the light entertainment no need to think point of view. The real downer for me - and this is because I play music - is that none of the musicians in this movie could play anything and it was painfully obvious. Most of them didn't even move their fingers on the fingerboards. I had expected and watched this movie to see some decent Irish musicians playing as the backdrop for the movie and there was none. How much more could it have cost the movie makers to have had some real musicians in here ? They would have loved the exposure and it would have been a win win situation.


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