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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original story was conceived by Irish writer Christian O'Reilly, inspired by his own experiences working at the Centre for Independent Living in Dublin where he worked closely with Dermot Walsh, a man who has cerebral palsy. See more »

Quotes

Rory: [after Siobhan tells Rory there should be rules] It's not your job to make rules. Your job's to do exactly what we tell you to do! I do the interpreting. You do the cleaning, making the tea, cleaning up after us. You're our servant, Siobhan. Our skivvy. Our slave...
Siobhan: Are you going to shut up, or am I going to have to make you?
Rory: I'd like to see you try!
Siobhan: [she covers his mouth] Just remember, you're a servant too... Mister Interpreter...
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Soundtracks

Praise the Lord, O My Soul
(From "Vespers" Op. 37)
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Performed by USSR Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir
Courtesy of Firma Melodiya
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An amazing must-see!
22 October 2004 | by christine-carterSee all my reviews

I went along to see this film expecting a run-of-the-mill drama. Instead, I was bowled over by the emotion and the depth of the story and the characters involved. It has made me think a lot more about the problems that disabled people face in everyday life and how the stuff that I worry about is rather insignificant in comparison.

I can't remember the last film I saw that took me through pretty much every emotion possible the way that this one did - I felt happiness, sadness, joy, anger, irritability, sorrow, optimism and many other emotions during the course of the film. I could really feel for Rory and Michael and their optimism to make the best out of life should be such an inspiration to everyone.

To summarise, you must go and see this film - it's fantastic and I can't recommend it highly enough.


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