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The Rising of the Moon

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1957
  • John Ford
  • 81 mins
  • U

Summary

Anthology of three short stories set in rural Ireland. A police officer starts to sympathise with the old-fashioned man he has arrested for assault, passengers get stranded at a remote train station, and a nationalist militant plots his escape from prison. Drama, introduced by Tyrone Power and starring Cyril Cusack, Tony Quinn and Donal Donnelly.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A minor late offering from John Ford, this anthology of three stories was made in Ireland, scene of his own ancestral roots and two of his finest films, The Informer and The Quiet Man. More a collection of sketches, paying largely comic but occasionally poignant homage to a vanishing way of life, the movie is played with uninhibited gusto by an A-list of Irish actors, together with the famous company of the Abbey Theatre. Dated, and too whimsical for an era where both Irish history and its cinematic treatment have moved on, the film nonetheless evokes a strong sense of place and culture.

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Credits

Cast

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IntroductionTyrone Power
Inspector Michael DillonCyril Cusack
Dan O'Flaherty the old manNoel Purcell
Mickey J, the poteen makerJack MacGowran
PorterJimmy O'Dea
Station masterTony Quinn
Engine driverPaul Farrell
The police sergeantDenis O'Dea
His wifeEileen Crowe

Crew

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DirectorJohn Ford

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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