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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2005)

James McAvoy , Steven Robertson , Damien O'Donnell  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai, Gerard McSorley, Tom Hickey
  • Directors: Damien O'Donnell
  • Writers: Jeffrey Caine
  • Producers: James Flynn, Juanita Wilson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Focus Features
  • DVD Release Date: June 14, 2005
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNV9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rory O'Shea Was Here" on IMDb

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    From the producers of Bridget Jones's Diary and Billy Elliot comes Rory O'Shea Was Here - an inspiring story of independence that follows two unlikely friends determined to face the world on their own terms. Young Michael (Steven Robertson) is a patient resigned to his quiet life within an institution's safe, predictable boundaries. Then, the rebellious Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) bursts onto the scene. Now, with the help of the beautiful young Siobhan (Romola Garai), who signs on as the boys' live-in aide, Rory will show Michael what it takes to truly be free.

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    68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "Rory O'Shea" was well worth the wait! April 24, 2005
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    I had been waiting to see this movie for six months, and thanks to the kindness of strangers, a showing was arranged on campus. After months of reading reviews and contenting myself with watching the trailer and assorted clips, I finally had the chance to become acquainted with Rory O'Shea.

    "Rory O'Shea Was Here" centers on the lives of two young men trapped in Carrigmore, a Dublin care home "for special people." Lifelong resident Michael Connelly has cerebral palsy, which leaves him with tremors, limited manual dexterity (he is a wheelchair user), and a severe speech impairment. Abandoned by his famous barrister father, quiet, shy Michael is intelligent, but is frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate. He is reduced to pointing at letters on a chart, since his speech comes out as a series of grunts and moans. He has resigned himself to a dull existence at Carrigmore, forced to watch children's cartoons with the other patients.

    All of this changes with the arrival of Rory O'Shea, a twenty-year-old punk in a motorized wheelchair, completely paralyzed except for two fingers by advanced Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Rory bursts into placid Carrigmore like an angry whirlwind, all leather, spiked hair, and a nose ring, offering a scathing nonstop commentary. He quickly angers supervisor Eileen (Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot) by blasting Slipknot in the middle of the night, and seeks an accomplice to gel his hair once the nurses are banned to do so.

    Quiet, rule-abiding Michael resents the loud, obnoxious Rory, until he discovers that Rory can understand his laboured speech and act as his interpreter.
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    58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Story From Beginning to Heartbreaking End February 11, 2007
    This movie was so much better than I expected. It is a beautifully told story from every aspect---writing, directing and very especially acting. I rented this because James McAvoy is brilliant in The Last King of Scotland. Well, he's brilliant here too! This guy is the real deal. Like Daniel Craig before him, McAvoy just needs a huge juicy part to become an international superstar. For the moment I'm thrilled just with his acting. Oh, and he looks damn good too. Even in a wheelchair. Bravo to one and all.
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    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional ,Exciting, Inspiring and Convincing April 19, 2007
    Character Rory O'Shea is a work of art, clever, mischievous and very funny.

    a true individual, and a hero on wheels..but a nightmare for the uptight,rigid institutional staff. Letting them know his true opinion of them with his actions more than his words. The scenes between Rory and staff are hysterical !

    The compassion this young guy has for fellow lock-up Michael is very touching, although Rory does use Michael to his own advantage,it's definitely a great bond between them.

    Performances of James McAvoy and Steven Robertson is masterful. Played so thoughtfully and naturally.

    A glimmer in Steven's eyes binds him well to the character he portrays so powerfully.

    Lastly the story itself is a great one. It proves that anyone with any kind of limitations should still be allowed all liberties. Amen.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem--Highly Recommended! January 7, 2006
    By RJRo20
    I really, really enjoyed this movie! It includes a great cast, terrific acting, and wonderful storyline about two young, wheelchair-bound men, coping with their disabilities and trying to live life as "normal" people do. It's a universal and emotionally provoking film--a story about love and friendship. It's funny, engaging, and thoroughly entertaining. By the end of the movie, I was sad to see the credits roll; I ended up caring about the two main characters! If you're looking for a nice comedy-drama, then I highly recommend watching this film.

    Note: I wasn't familiar with James McAvoy's work, (he plays Rory O'Shea), but remembered seeing him in the widely acclaimed WWII epic television drama, "Band of Brothers." What a talented young actor! Scottish, too!! Never would have guessed, because he has such a great American accent. Looking forward to seeing more of his films.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    By Rod
    A new way of life all on their own becomes an exciting reality for Michael, a shy guy in a wheelchair with a speech impediment, and the equally impaired yet loud and clear Rory, as both their independent living grants are finally approved. Rory's gift of understanding became instrumental in Michael's freedom from the confines of institutional living. Michael's tactful application and a suitable apartment they both convinced his now successful father to pay for, allows them to explore the meaning of independence, establishing a friendship between two very different personalities.

    A beautiful young woman, named Siobhan (Romola Garai) agrees to work for them as their independent aide, helping them get settled and caring for them with remarkable devotion. They first met when she rescued them from a fight earlier in the movie during the two guys' escape to a local pub, spending the collection money they've just raised that afternoon on drinks with two other women they've met as Rory's wicked idea of showing Michael a good time. Rory's bad manners, intermittent use of profanity, risky behavior, and suggestive sarcasm contrasts sharply with Michael's modest, shy, and law-abiding demeanor. Yet the two find strength and inspiration in each other as their emotional bond with Siobhan deepens with gratitude and admiration.

    The three characters complete each other, giving each a sense of higher purpose and meaningful relationship with one another. The three of them share great times together, shopping, going out to the park, listening to music, reading, sharing laughs until the love and tension between them grows to unbearable parameters. Brilliant movie!
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    5.0 out of 5 stars A good chick flick with a wonderful story
    A good chick flick with a wonderful story! James McAvoy did an awesome job portraying Rory O'Shea. Filled with humor and some seriousness. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Nicely ice
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this movie more than I thought I would
    I really liked this movie more than I thought I would. I remember, vaguely, when it came out and thought it looked like another 'She's All That' (don't ask me why). Read more
    Published 2 months ago by KellyM
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, touching story
    I watched this before I had even heard of James McAvoy but it's simply beautiful. Quiet, elegant, and wonderful acting.
    Published 4 months ago by Joey
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
    I require viewing for my courses in Disabilities. It is funny, sad, frustrating - just like life. It also does a great job at depicting the reason there is a call for Independent... Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not what you may expect -- in a GOOD way!
    This is funny, sometimes darkly so, but FUNNY! (Be prepared for wacky British humor!) It also has an excellent story regarding wheel-chairbound life, making friends, and some... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by BrowderBabe13
    5.0 out of 5 stars A must see.
    Funny, funny movie, if you're Irish! I watched this film again recently, with my cousin and was crying laughing! Read more
    Published 7 months ago by loretta heaney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    I've been on a James McAvoy kick lately, buying up all his movies. This one stands out. It's well acted, keeps your interest, and has a lot of heart. Fun movie.
    Published 8 months ago by rd fortino
    5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
    This movie's European title, Inside I'm Dancing, gives you an idea of what the film is like. Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) has a degenerative disease that has left him able to talk... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by Stephanie
    5.0 out of 5 stars excellent acting!
    Comendable movie about young folks with disabilities escaping a nursing facility. Powerful, funny and a little sad, all at the same time.
    Published 10 months ago by Daniese McMullin-Powell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Bigcat
    Rory O'Shea is definitely my favorite paralegic disability movie! The message is loud and clear! James Mc Avoy is a great actor!
    Published 15 months ago by bigcat
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