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Jimmy's Hall (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 30 May 2014 (UK)
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During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Paul Laverty (screenplay)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Ward ... Jimmy
Francis Magee ... Mossie
Aileen Henry ... Alice
Simone Kirby ... Oonagh
Stella McGirl Stella McGirl ... Stella
Sorcha Fox Sorcha Fox ... Molly
Martin Lucey Martin Lucey ... Dessie
Mikel Murfi Mikel Murfi ... Tommy
Shane O'Brien ... Finn
Denise Gough ... Tess
Jim Norton ... Father Sheridan
Aisling Franciosi ... Marie
Seán T. Ó Meallaigh ... Journalist
Karl Geary ... Seán
Brían F. O'Byrne ... Commander O'Keefe
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Storyline

1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy's friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O'Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the "intruder" reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren't they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his "dangerous" hall. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Where Anything Goes and Everyone Belongs See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Ireland | France

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Džimijeva dvorana See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,254, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$560,341, 30 October 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The real Jimmy Gralton was the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland after Irish Independence. After the release of the film, a campaign (including an online petition) was started with the aim to rescind the deportation order and extend an official apology to his family. See more »

Goofs

Tobacco consumption (cigarettes, snuff and pipes) was extremely widespread at the time, yet none of the characters are seen to smoke, even at raucous social occasions. See more »

Quotes

Father Sheridan: Our community faces a choice: Is it Christ? Or is it Gralton?
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, black and white news reel footage of New York in the 1920s, accompanied by jazz music, is shown. See more »

Connections

Featured in La noche de...: Jimmy's Hall (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Weeping Willow Blues
Written by Paul Carter
publisher by CR Publishing
Performed by Bessie Smith, courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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An 8, because it's important
17 April 2015 | by eyeintreesSee all my reviews

There are many movies made about oppression, but not nearly enough. In this story based on facts and one man's intention to give culture, song and dance to his small, impoverished community, it defies belief that this travesty of injustice occurred.

As usual, the Catholic Church, the overlords and the unjust legal system come together to destroy any chance a small community has of the vital birth-right of culture and harmony for those who need it most; an isolated county in Ireland.

As one man steps up, after having been deported once already for the grand crime of opening a hall where people can learn such basic things as song, dance, art, literature and boxing, after his ten first ten year deportation, the local youth who have nothing to look forward to in life, convince him to do so again.

This is a straightforward movie about a circumstance that defies belief, and yet it occurred. Worth the watch for anyone who understands that oppression and fascism is wrong and that normal people deserve joy, community and to fight back when their world makes no sense on account of simply wanting to life a life.


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