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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 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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Jimmy Gralton's Sin Was to Build a Dance Hall - A Place where People Come to Argue, to Dream and TO DANCE See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

The film was shot in sequence. 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

In the end credits, at the end of a long list of people and organisations under the heading Thank You, Dixie the horse, Cabundie the donkey and Homer the three-legged dog are mentioned. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Sailor on the Rock
Arranged and performed by Harry Bradley, John Carty, Mary Corcoran, Charlie Harris, Mossie Martin, Seamus O'Donnell, Seamie O'Dowd, Jesse Smith
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Very cool movie about fighting for your right to party.
6 July 2015 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Somewhere slightly better and more sophisticated than Footloose is Jimmy's Hall. Based on a true story about an Irish country man who opened what was pretty much a community Center that allowed the folks of the village to educate themselves in arts and entertainment, but the Catholic church was not fond of people taking any sort of education out of God's hands and into the hands of his children.

The movie really got my blood boiling even if it was very quiet and slow pace, but it hit some interesting marks about tolerance and freedom of expression. A condition needed by every human. I'm use to seeing rebellions in which people get violent in their protest, but this movie was very tamed, but more importantly, still got the message across.

My favorite part of the movie is the cool Irish music that was featured in the movie.

I like it a lot.


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UK | Ireland | France | Belgium | Japan

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

30 May 2014 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,881, 5 July 2015

Gross USA:

$560,592

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,825,184
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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