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Young John Cassidy is a driven man. By day; he works manual labor; secretly trains in the hills with a band of revolutionaries eager to take Ireland's fate into their own hands; joins mates for a pint; or sometimes enjoys the company of a lovely Dublin lass. By night and into the wee hours; he puts pencil to paper and writes of working-class Irish life. He will - he must - be a writer. The coming of age of renowned Irish playwright Sean O' Casey (Cassidy is a name O' Casey sometimes used for himself) comes to the screen in a colorful and atmospheric biopic directed by legendary John Ford (who left the film due to illness) and Jack Cardiff. Rod Taylor plays the title character; bringing strength and earthiness to his "best role ever" (Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide). A talented cast - including Julie Christie and Maggie Smith - adds to the appeal of a film whose script was approved by O' Casey and based on his autobiography.

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  • Actors: Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, Edith Evans, Michael Redgrave, Flora Robson
  • Directors: Jack Cardiff
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RNYMQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The CinemaScope Cat on October 14, 2011
Format: DVD
In 1911 Ireland, a young labourer (Rod Taylor) has ambitions of being a writer. But poverty, working to overthrow the British invaders and romance slow his progress. Based on the life of the great Irish playwright Sean O'Casey, inexplicably called Johnny Cassidy in the film, and began by John Ford (though very little of his work is in the final film) and completed by Jack Cardiff. The film opens with "A John Ford Production" however and it has the feel of a Ford film, particularly in the propensity for Irish brawls but Cardiff brings his own sensibility to the film also which has the same empathy for Irish poor that he brought to the Welsh miners in his film of SONS AND LOVERS. Still, O'Casey's life, at least as portrayed here, simply wasn't interesting enough to sustain much interest for a feature film and despite a rousing performance by Taylor, the film follows the usual path of movie bios: poverty, struggle, success, fame, fade out. There is a compelling riot scene where the British overcome the Irish rebels by brute force. The suitably drab photography is by Edward Scaife (THE DIRTY DOZEN) and the authentically Irish score by Sean O'Riada. With Maggie Smith, Julie Christie, Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans, Flora Robson, Sian Phillips and Jack MacGowran.

The Spanish DVD from Regasa is an anamorphic wide screen (1.78) transfer that lacks sharpness but otherwise is an adequate transfer. The Spanish subtitles are easily removed.
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Follows playwright Sean O'Casey's life from about 1913 as he begins to gel as a writer until he leaves Dublin in 1926 to further his career. It gives an idea of the life of poverty and oppression that Ireland lived in before and during the uprisings. I also shows his relationships with family, friend and lovers. A memorable ending as he must give up everything to pursue his destiny.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Nolting on February 7, 2015
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Young Cassidy stars Rod Taylor, Maggie Smith, and in a smaller role Julie Christie. Telling the tale of a brawling Irish playwright -in Dyblin. Maggie Smith of course is wonderful, and does the best job. Fans Of Maggie Smith will like this the most.
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