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The Gentle Gunman

  • Drama
  • Crime/detective
  • 1952
  • Basil Dearden
  • 82 mins
  • PG

Summary

Wartime drama starring John Mills and Dirk Bogarde. In 1941, two brothers, both IRA members, disagree about how to achieve freedom for Ireland after one of them decides violence is futile.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Dirk Bogarde wrote that this "wasn't a film I particularly wanted to make", but, as the IRA activist who wants to step up the war against the British in 1941, he still does a good job as a man tormented by doubts. No doubts, though, for John Mills as his brother, who sees war against the Nazis as more important and is put on IRA trial for his pains. It's this too-balanced approach to the Irish dilemma that makes Basil Dearden and Michael Relph's otherwise thoughtful film too glib for its own good and our conviction.

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Credits

Cast

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Terence SullivanJohn Mills
Matt SullivanDirk Bogarde
ShintoRobert Beatty
Maureen FaganElizabeth Sellars
Molly FaganBarbara Mullen
FlynnEddie Byrne
Dr BranniganJoseph Tomelty
Henry TruethorneGilbert Harding
Johnny FaganJames Kenney

Crew

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DirectorBasil Dearden
DirectorMichael Relph

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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