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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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Live life like you mean it.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Universal [United States]

Country:

UK | Ireland | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

While researching and talking with people who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, James McAvoy discovered that people who suffer from this disease would rather be ignored than pitied. See more »

Quotes

Interview Panelist: What was your purpose in coming here today?
Michael Connolly: A right must exist independently of its exercise.
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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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F****N' Amazin'
2 February 2005 | by kmscb-1See all my reviews

I just witnessed a movie that by all rights should have been fodder for a second rate MOW on Lifetime...but trust the Irish to keep it from being anything but saccharine. The set-up all but SCREAMS "Here's a message concerning what's TRULY important in life" but the execution was way into the "Let's see just what we can get away with, here."

It helps to have two fantastic actors in the leads -- James McAvoy (as Rory) and Stephen Robertson (as Michael). While Rory is offered up as the near saintly one -- never mind the language and attitude, he's the "life force" in this piece and could easily have been insufferable in his ultimately "caring" attitude -- McAvoy keeps him sharp enough to keep him from being too sweet. But the revelation is Stephen Robertson as Michael. Not since Leonardo Di Caprio in "...Gilbert Grape" has anyone so perfectly captured a person with an affliction that I began to believe he really was an actor with cerebral palsy. And his eyes...my God, he can rip you apart with them.

This movie is, to paraphrase Rory, f****n' amazing. Go see it. Take a box of Kleenex and enjoy every well-earned tear...and laugh.


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