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Manions of America (1981)

Pierce Brosnan , Peter Gilmore , Charles S. Dubin  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Peter Gilmore, Simon MacCorkindale, Kate Mulgrew, Linda Purl
  • Directors: Charles S. Dubin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 286 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0069NPEV2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Rory O'Manion is a hot-headed and rebellious farmer, who has become increasingly fed up with his meager existence in British-controlled Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the 19th century. He ironically meets and falls in love with Rachel Clement, the feisty daughter of a local English landlord, but he decides to set off to establish a new life in America without her. Once there, after working various day labor jobs, his bravery and determination help to earn him a full-time job and later, a business partnership in a gunpowder mill that Rachel's uncle owns in Philadelphia. Rachel's subsequent arrival in America reunites them, setting off a chain of events where the two families grow increasingly intertwined on both sides of the Atlantic, during the turbulent decades of pre- and post-Civil War United States and the Industrial Revolution.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Romantic and Interesting Historically April 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This story of the Manion family, led by Rory Manion(formerly O'Manion), is an interesting and pretty accurate depiction of the trials and triumphs of the Irish immigrants driven out of Ireland by the Great Famine of the mid-1840's and "washed up" on the shores of America. This was the first time I ever saw Pierce Brosnan (who plays Rory O'Manion)and it seemed very likely that he was going on to bigger and better things because he was the perfect romantic Irish rebel. The saga of how he meets and falls in love with the daughter of the local British landlord (Kate Mulgrew) brings into play a great deal of the history of the Irish struggle for independence from the time of the Young Irelanders through the years of immigration, the American Civil War (and the Irish Brigade) and the discrimination against the Irish when they first came to America. The subplot involving Rory's sister (Linda Perl) and her suitors is less involving but overall the movie captures a great deal of the turbulence of that era and introduces us to the young, and very sexy, Brosnan. My biggest complaint is with the darkness of the tape--I've seen it on video and on TV and it is always quite dark--apparently not just a defective individual tape.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Manions of American.....a Classic! November 10, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Came upon this series on the Romance Channel quite by accident. Missed about 1 hour of the first part of the series. I was completely caught up in it within minutes. I've always admired the work of Kate Mulgrew. In spite of most of the scenes being very dark....could have been the quality of the cable transmission...the production was absolutely spell-binding.
By in large, it was a marvelous treatment of a part of history not often covered....the reason the Irish left Ireland and their struggles in America.
The cast was stupendous. Lina Purl is a delight.
I would recommend this video to any American History buffs.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My review of Manions of America October 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Grab your tissue you'll need the whole box. Kate did a great job on this movie. So did Pierce Branson. It was a movie that I will continue to watch for a long time. If you love drama this is your movie.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Tale of The Irish Fight for Their Way of Life December 4, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is the story of Rory O'Manion (Pierce Brosnan) from young adult hood and his fight against the oppressive English in Ireland. From the potato famine and loss of his mother, to his love for the English landlord's daughter Rachel (Kate Mulgrew: of Star Trek Voyager),and subsequent flight to the shores of America. From poor to rich in America, but still longing for the freedom for his beloved Ireland. Also starring Linda Purl (The Exorcist), Nicholas Hammond (Sound of Music, Spiderman), David Soul (Starsky & Hutch), and Simon MacCorkindale. Very moving, interesting to watch Pierce Brosnan in the early days of his career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dorie June 30, 2013
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It was very interesting to learn this was Pierce Brosnan first movie. It has a good story about an Irish immigrant moving to Philadelphia. Pierce did a great job acting the lead role as a successful businessman. Good picture quality in Widescreen 16.9 with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars manions of america June 22, 2012
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i have been waiting years for this movie to come out on disc. this is a good history of the irish in there home land and then how they are treat when then get to the states. the movie has an outstanding cast.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trying Too Hard November 25, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Pierce Brosnan and Kate Mulgrew lead an otherwise lifeless cast in this tale about an immigrant Irishman coming to America. "The Manions of America" is sometimes educational, depicting the hardships of Ireland during the potato famine, but history quickly submits to romance between Brosnan and Mulgrew, turning the film into an oveblown melodrama. However, it is a must see for romance viewers and for Brosnan fans who are tired of seeing him as James Bond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Story of An Irish Family in America June 26, 2013
By Gweman
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It was indeed hard to stop viewing this movie... my wife and I wanted to find out what was going to happen to the O'Manion family. We liked Pierce in the Remington Steele series and he was good in this. We enjoyed it very much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
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Published 26 days ago by Constance R. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie
Published 1 month ago by Heather mackin
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional story about the plight in Ireland and the love engendered...
This is the first show I saw Pierce Brosnan in and boy did he leave an impression. With his blue eyes and cheeky looks. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl A. Harford
5.0 out of 5 stars Yum
This Mini-series was my first chance to know pierce Brosnans acting. I enjoyed it so much that when I saw that he was to star in "Remington Steele" I knew I had to watch... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathleen A. Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
aweesome
Published 3 months ago by R
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES I HAVE EVER WATCHED!
Published 3 months ago by valariel.reid-turbat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was the first time I saw Pierce Brosnan!!!
Published 3 months ago by margaret poppell
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
All is well - but I resent having to write more for a DVD that I ordered because I knew that I wanted it ...
Published 3 months ago by Salome Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Manions of America
Watching Pierce Brosnan... He is sooooo sexy in any role. What a lucky wife.. He is so natural in his acting roles
Published 4 months ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Stood the test of time.
Since this was a period series it really stood the test of time. I saw it when it was originally on television and enjoyed then as I did watching it again many years later. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alyce Carroll
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