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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)

Inside I'm Dancing (original title)
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 »

Parents Guide:

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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 USA:

$6,079, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$23,844

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,226,577
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James McAvoy would spend up to 12 hours a day in a wheelchair while filming. 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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Connections

References Braveheart (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Bring the Poison
Written by Jyl Millard and David Rainger
Performed by Giant Jr
Courtesy of Try & Make Me Records Limited
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Really great little movie!
9 May 2005 | by shultzlSee all my reviews

I don't usually comment on films since I am in the movie distribution business, but I have to say that this is one of my favorite films of all time. The acting is fantastic and the script is even better. There were no cheesy speeches or exploitation of handicapped people to try and make this movie more "Hollywood". James McAvoy is such an outstanding actor, I could not look away from him if I tried. I was impressed with Steven Robertson as well. I cannot believe this is his first real film. Brenda Fricker plays a small role, but as usual, she is outstanding. This is a movie for everyone to see just how lucky we all are. If you like Awakenings and Mask, you will enjoy this story. You owe it to yourself to check this film out.


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