In 1920, rural Ireland is the vicious battlefield of republican rebels against the British security forces and Irish Unionist population who oppose them, a recipe for mutual cruelty. Medical graduate Damien O'Donovan always gave priority to his socialist ideals and simply helping people in need. Just when he's leaving Ireland to work in a highly reputed London hospital, witnessing gross abuse of commoners changes his mind. he returns and joins the local IRA brigade, commanded by his brother Teddy, and adopts the merciless logic of civil war, while Teddy mellows by experiencing first-hand endless suffering. When IRA leaders negotiate an autonomous Free State under the British crown, Teddy defends the pragmatic best possible deal at this stage. Damien however joins the large seceding faction which holds nothing less than a socialist republic will do. The result is another civil war, bloodily opposing former Irish comrades in arms, even the brothers.Written by
In the cinema, the man at the piano is Neil Brand, one of Britain's leading silent cinema accompanists, who in 2006 featured significantly as a composer and accompanist in the BBC television series "Paul Merton's Silent Clowns". See more »
When Teddy delivers Damien's letter to Sinead, he puts his cap on, gets on his motorcycle, and puts his goggles on the handlebar. In a wide shot, the goggles are around his neck. See more »
And once again, with honourable exception, the Catholic Church sides with the rich.
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OK so there's movies that you cry at...Bambi's mum dying, step mom, titanic etc but there is never going to be another movie that hits home like this. I cried so many times because it was so real. It is based on fact and contrary to the critics I don't believe there is any over exaggeration of the conditions and abuse that went on during this time. Not one member of the cast doesn't put everything into this piece and I have never seen such outstanding performances and truthful acting. Most blockbuster movies have actors trying to look pretty and interested...trying...but this has actors portraying people the way they were not the way that looks best! It is fantastic!!! It is also very educational but those looking for your traditional blockbuster movies turn away, this is for drama lovers, history lovers and those with a passion for true art!
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