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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)

Inside I'm Dancing (original title)
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When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.

Director:

Damien O'Donnell

Writers:

Jeffrey Caine (screenplay), Christian O'Reilly (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Robertson ... Michael Connolly
Alan King Alan King ... Tommy
Brenda Fricker ... Eileen
Ruth McCabe ... Annie
James McAvoy ... Rory O'Shea
Anna Healy Anna Healy ... Alice
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Con O'Shea
Sarah Jane Drummey Sarah Jane Drummey ... Girl in Pub
Rachel Hanna Rachel Hanna ... Girl in Pub
Emmet Kirwan ... Angry Man
Romola Garai ... Siobhan
Pat Shortt Pat Shortt ... Nightclub Doorman
Stanley Townsend ... Interview Panelist
Derbhle Crotty Derbhle Crotty ... Interview Panelist
Donal Toolan Donal Toolan ... Interview Panelist
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Storyline

In Dublin, the crippled rebel Rory O'Shea moves to the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, affecting the lives of the residents. Rory is able to understand the unintelligible speech of Michael Connolly, who was left in the shelter by his prominent father many years ago due to his cerebral palsy, and they become close friends. Rory convinces Michael to move from Carrigmore to an apartment in Dublin, and they hire the gorgeous Siobhan to assist them. Living together with Rory, Michael faces a new world, finding friendship, love and freedom and learning to survive by his own. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Live life like you mean it.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | Ireland | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rory O'Shea Was Here See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£219,256 (United Kingdom), 17 October 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,079, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,864, 20 February 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

McAvoy was also in a wheelchair in X-Men See more »

Quotes

Siobhan: Michael, I made a mistake. I thought I could do this but... I'm leavin'.
[Michael begs her not to go]
Rory: Michael, don't beg, it's undignified... Michael, parakeets don't mate with armadillos, that's the end of it!
Siobhan: That's a filthy bloody thing to tell him!
Rory: Is it? It's the truth!
Siobhan: Oh, it's the truth you want, is it? Okay, here's some. If you want to be equal, then you have to show people the SAME respect that you demand of them! In the real world, if you INSULT some guy in a pub, you EXPECT to get ...
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »

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I Saw a Ship a Sailing
Written by Traditional
Published by Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner
Arranged by Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner
From the TV Series Bagpuss (1974)
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A Lively Demand for Freedom for the Disabled
8 February 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing)" is a marvelous lead showcase for the talented James McAvoy who up to now has been a cocky secondary character in movies such as "Wimbledon" and memorable television such as "State of Play." But there his bad boy brashness is supported by a whirlwind of movement and sensuality whereas here all he can use in portraying a spark plug with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is his voice and expressions. His "Rory" takes hold of a condescending home for "special people" the way Jack Nicholson shook up the mental ward in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." He is a rebel with a cause -- freedom.

Steven Robertson as the pal he dynamites out of perhaps too simple complacency is achingly convincing as a young man with cerebral palsy who gradually learns he has a potential to fulfill, emotionally and intellectually.

The film is particularly good at creating very individual characters with specific family and class situations, as well as making good use of the Dublin environment.

While there are some clichés along the way, as well as a few overly convenient plot points, the film with humor, liveliness and poignancy (and a cool soundtrack) sticks our face in large issues about the helping bureaucracy, the need to individuate independent living opportunities, with particular attention to age differences, and our attitudes about the physically disabled.


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