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Inspired by true events. After time spent at sea, Anton O'Neill returns to find that Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil unrest has spilled south of the border to his beloved home in County Cavan. Blinded by hatred and misguided patriotism, Anton is led into an illicit world of violence and is forced to choose between his family and his country. Hunted and on the run, he is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with the law and his former accomplices, ending in an explosive showdown in which he must risk everything to protect the woman he loves.
This shows what can be done on a short budget.A simple but engaging story echoing reality for anyone who was in Ireland during the seventies.It is the subtle attention to historic detail which makes this film stand out. Hamill,s costume is bang on time during a period of rampant fashion,I see she pops up in the Paris scene which confirms my thoughts on budget,as does the Fox family contribution to production.
The acting is intense in parts but never overly so, each carry their part with authority,even the short bit with the maxi skirted woman copper.The "back" actors in this film really support well researched lead roles.
Now , I usually expect lilting flutes and fiddles and the occasional diddly dee in Irish portrayals,thank goodness for Anna Rice and a clear sense that most of Ireland seventies was far from that,a big tick for avoiding the stereotype.
The scenes and photography were atmospheric and well thought out, O Hanlan worked with what felt like an affinity with the Cavan county.
MR Cantwell you had a brilliant team and worked it well . Maith thu`
Irish Film at its best
Incredible IRA based story, set in the 70s. blew me away.
Based on true events? I doubt it unless it's the overall Irish struggle.
It's a bit rose tinted and one dimensional. The Brits are typically trigger happy thugs. The police ruthless. And the IRA murderers. And the hero a bit too "butter wouldn't melt". The plot lacked any real conviction. One minute he's all for fighting the cause, then after one morning of his wife ignoring him, he's ready to knuckle down again. And as for the gunfight at the OK Corral at the end . . well that was more anti climatic. Yes it is shot beautifully and it is true to the fashion/styles of the era, but that doesn't make it a great film. Watch it on a rainy Saturday, but don't be raving about it.