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Stella Days (2011)

TV-14 | | Drama | 22 June 2012 (USA)
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A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.

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Michael Doorley (inspired: by the memoir "Stella Days" by), Antoine O. Flatharta
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Cast

Credited cast:
Barbara Adair Barbara Adair ... Peggy
Sarah Ahearne Sarah Ahearne ... Small Girl
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Billy
Sheila Cox Sheila Cox ... Legion of Mary Woman 2
Derbhle Crotty Derbhle Crotty ... Julia McSweeney (as Derbhla Crotty)
Alan Curran Alan Curran ... Verger
Seán Doyle Seán Doyle ... Jumper
Gail Fitzpatrick Gail Fitzpatrick ... Sally
John Galvin John Galvin ... Priest
Noel Gaskin Noel Gaskin ... Fr Keenan
Stephen Gillic Stephen Gillic ... Young Daniel
Trystan Gravelle ... Tim Lynch
David Herlihy David Herlihy ... Emmet Quinn
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Bishop Hegarty
Amy Huberman ... Eileen
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A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.

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One man, a small town and a big idea.

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Drama

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Country:

Ireland | Norway | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kino Stella See more »

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Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Actor Martin Sheen has family in the part of Ireland (Country Tipperary) where the film is set and was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Fr. Daniel Barry: It's hard to argue against the radiance of a 60 Watt bulb.
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Features Cover Girl (1944) See more »

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Date at the Beach
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weak slow story, much more potential
8 October 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Father Daniel Barry (Martin Sheen) hopes to enlighten the masses by opening a movie theatre. It's a '50s small town Ireland where traditions are still paramount. The bishop is eager to built churches, and he's against the immorality of Hollywood. Money is tight, and the collection plate is light.

Martin Sheen's presence is all that's holding up this movie. Stephen Rea plays the bad guy who opposes the theatre for its immorality. There are a few stories about the townfolks. The characters are all rather meek and the actors relatively pedestrian.

If the movie theatre is the driving force, then its climax is utterly underwhelming. I won't spoil it, but it's not much of a climax. Of all the characters/stories/scenes, the most memorable is the old woman who ask Father Barry to bless her electricity. The questions she asked are so poignant, and Martin Sheen's interaction with her is incredible. If the rest of the movie was just as good, then this would be amazing. But it's not and the movie crawl along to a whisper of an ending.


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