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Strumpet City (1980)

Peter O'Toole , Peter Ustinov , Tony Barry (II)  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Peter Ustinov, Denys Hawthorne, Don Foley, Cyril Cusack
  • Directors: Tony Barry (II)
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L2128G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strumpet City" on IMDb

Special Features

  • James Plunkett bio
  • Historical background
  • Cast filmographies

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RECOMMENDED - Featuring stellar performances from the cast, Strumpet City is well worth watching. --, February 20, 2007

Product Description

A panoramic saga of Dublin life during one of its most turbulent eras

From the drawing rooms of the bourgeoisie, where the well-to-do clung to Victorian notions of class and privilege, to the miseries of the tenements, where poor families crowded into single rooms, Dublin in the early 1900s was as combustible as bone-dry tinder. Then labor organizer and modern Irish hero Jim Larkin arrived to light the match.

This acclaimed Irish drama recreates the era through a cast of unforgettable characters from every part of city life. Country-girl Mary, for whom Dublin is the land of opportunity and love. Hard-working Fitz, model of the loyal and abused trade unionist. Wretched but colorful Rashers Tierney. The cultivated, self-righteous Bradshaws. Well-meaning but misguided Father O’Connor and jaded Father Giffley, movingly portrayed by stage and screen legend Cyril Cusack.

Based on the enduring and popular novel by James Plunkett, Strumpet City also stars Frank Grimes, David Kelly, and Bryan Murray, with special appearances by Peter Ustinov as King Edward VII and Peter O’Toole as Jim Larkin.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE James Plunkett bio, historical background, and cast filmographies.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding TV series with world class performances. October 20, 2008
By nollaig
I saw this when it was first broadcast back in 1980 by RTE. I was younger then but the show had such a profound effect on me that it stayed with me as the years passed by. A number of years ago I found a used edition of the book on Amazon and relived the memories - only more so. Strumpet City is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated of Irish books. Beautifully written with an abundance of pathos and joy amidst the misery, the book has been reprinted and is available on Amazon. You will search far to find a better read.

The television adaptation was by Hugh Leonard who maintained the integrity of Plunkett's work. The performances are collectively superb with nary a nod to "drama". This series was a major undertaking for RTE at the time and it is clear that the entire cast were committed to making it work. A supporting role by Peter O'Toole only adds panache to the quality but it is the ensemble that shines throughout.

This is perhaps, one of the finest examples of television adaptation to be found. Do yourself a favor and see it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Strumpet City brings to life the conditions of early 2oth Century in what was yet British controlled Ireland. There's no blarney to the revelations of the working-class living conditions. This story follows the lives of a country lass, Mary (Angela Harding) and new husband, Jimmy "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Bryan Murray). Fitz joins and supports the union fully, in an attempt to improve foundry-worker site conditions. And Jim Larkin (Peter O'Toole) arrives in Dublin to help organize strikers.

Fr. Giffley (Cyril Cusack) the aging parish head with a drinking problem, gets a new recruit in Fr. O'Connor (Frank Grimes) who feels a call to help the poor, but favors association with "the quality." Fr. Giffley doubts his sincerity and treats him poorly, causing more unrest in the parish community.

In the same shoddy, crowded tenement in Chandler's Court where Mary and Fitz rents #3, abides a basement occupier named Rashers Tierney (masterfully played by David Kelly). Rashers steals the show. What a mangy, shabby, but loveable character. Seven alternate episodes could be written about Rasher's life. Rashers inadvertently gets involved in the strike rioting activity as well as the drama between the church leaders.

Peter Ustinov fans will enjoy seeing him portray King Edward VII in the first episode. View "Edward the King" for a delightful companion historical drama about this period of time in the UK. It's also 5-star.

Praise times five for Strumpet City! Kudos includes the period scenery as well as costumes, the Irish accents (begor, which could have used captioning in a couple places), quality cast, and a fantastic story taken from the novel by James Plunkett. The picturesque film sets almost make one think that slum squalor is acceptable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strumpet City Strikes a Hit October 27, 2007
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Strumpet City takes the viewer on a journey through the lives of some interesting Irish people in a time of great turmoil. I found it hard to pause the film, I had to just keep watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pittodrie April 1, 2011
this is one of the best miniseries ever made.what acting and what a is my favorite and a shining star for describing 1914 Irish life.if you dont have this ,get it! worth every penny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece December 9, 2010
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Just watching cyril cusak is enough--but the dramatisation of the great lockout of 1912--the culmination of this film makes it one of the finest--I suppose-mini series I have ever seen.
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