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Initial post: Mar 16, 2013 11:25:25 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2013 2:46:40 PM PDT
Mickey Ryan says:
Some suggested films for ST. PADDY'S DAY -

Hunger - The 1981 IRA hunger strike lead by warrior Bobby Sands.

In the Name of the Father - The story of the The Guildford Four and the Maguire Seven, a group of innocent Irish wrongly convicted for the Guildford pub bombings on October 1974 in Guildord, England.

50 Dead Men Walking - An Irish street hustler infiltrates the Provisional IRA for the British government.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley - Two brothers join the fight for Irish independence from UK.

Omagh - The story of the 1998 Real IRA car bombing in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland that killed 29 people and injured 220. Told from the point of view of victims' distraught family members.

State of Grace - An undercover cop infiltrates the Irish-American Mob in Hell's Kitchen NYC.

Monument Ave. - A Charlestown, MA car thief for a local Irish mob boss questions his career choice after his two cousins are both gunned down.

Brotherhood: Three Season Pack- Short lived underground Showtime series about crime, politics, drug addiction and infidelity in an old Irish neighborhood in Providence, RI.

Veronica Guerin - The harrowing true story of a crime reporter who's relentless pursuit of Dublin drug gangs leads to her tragic murder.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 11:53:31 AM PDT
Scott West says:
The Boondock Saints

Kill the Irishman

The Departed

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 1:10:01 PM PDT
Mike Gordan says:
If you're gonna watch a movie for St. Patrick's Day, why not make it the Leprechaun films?

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 1:30:51 PM PDT
'State of Grace' was a great 1990 drama centering upon the Irish Mafia in Hells Kitchen, NY, featuring superb performances from Sean Penn, Ed Harris and (especially) Gary Oldman. Highly recommended; it will keep you glued to the screen to see what happens next. The characters are so well-defined that a viewer really gets involved with their exploits.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 2:52:05 PM PDT
Mickey Ryan says:
One of Gary's best roles.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 3:00:53 PM PDT
Definitely one of Gary's best roles...the problem was that the movie was released right around the same time as 'GoodFellas', so it never received the audience that it deserved.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 3:01:19 PM PDT
Mickey Ryan says:
That's exactly right, 1990.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 16, 2013 3:03:59 PM PDT
Mickey Ryan says:
See Gary's an alcoholic and the truth is lot of his best performances have been done with him being wasted on set. State of Grace, The Professional, Romeo is Bleeding, Sid and Nancy, he was sloshed in these....but he sobered up for Bram Stoker's Dracula from what I've read.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 6:46:40 AM PDT
MTK says:
Gotta love John Wayne in "The Quiet Man"...a fantastic classic romantic comedy that takes place in the heart of Ireland. So many great "Irish" moments and some great performances. Who doesn't love that comic brawl between Wayne and Victor McLagen? Hilarious stuff. Not to be missed!

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 8:21:42 AM PDT
While Patriot Games (Special Collector's Edition) isn't an Irish-produced thriller, it is one of the better Tom Clancy book-to-movie adaptations. More importantly, it brought the then-tense political situation between England and Northern Ireland to the fore for many Americans (who sometimes only become aware of reality through entertainment).

Though in the novel the ficticious Ulster Liberation Army are the villains, the movie "Patriot Games" played upon the real situation in Northern Ireland by directly implicating the IRA (or at least a rogue faction of it) in the plot. In the movie, Irish actor Patrick Bergin stars as the lead IRA extremist whose group seeks revenge against CIA analyst Jack Ryan for foiling their plot to assassinate members of English royalty.

Bergin is spot on, while co-star Sean Bean and the supporting cast of mostly English actors do a serviceable job of portraying Irish characters.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 8:41:39 AM PDT
stevign says:
Veronica Guerin - An excellent movie......both the one starring Cate Blanchett and the original (When the Sky Falls) starring Joan Allen.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 8:46:00 AM PDT
stevign says:
Happy Paddy's Day.............

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 11:22:41 AM PDT
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is one fine war film. It's probably time for me to watch it again.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 11:56:36 AM PDT
Hikari says:
And now for a bit of levity . . .

"Laws of Attraction" with Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.

Witty update of the 1940s battle-of-the-sexes comedies features Moore and Brosnan as battling divorce attorneys arging both sides of a high-profile rocker divorce. There's a real Irish castle in it and everything. We always knew Pierce Brosnan could do comedy, but here Julianne Moore proves herself an adept comedienne. Francis Fisher and Michael Sheen steal the show in their supporting roles. A fun drinking movie. Drinking rather prominently featured as a plot device. Great scenery. (and, oh, yes--Ireland is not bad, either.) A romantic comedy that actually deserves the name.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 1:03:37 PM PDT
stevign says:

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 3:01:48 PM PDT
A. Vernon says:
Circle of Friends
Waking Ned Devine
The Matchmaker

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 17, 2013 11:01:54 PM PDT
Balok says:

> Gotta love John Wayne in "The Quiet Man"...

If you liked _The Quiet Man_, you might enjoy Roddy Doyle's novel The Dead Republic: A Novel (he gives enough of the back story that you can enjoy the novel without having read the two previous entries in the trilogy). I thought that he telegraphed the ending a bit, and beat it over the head a bit more than was absolutely necessary, but the novel's still IMO worth reading and even a bit thought-provoking.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 11:08:30 PM PDT
Balok says:
Since I've already mentioned Roddy Doyle's novel _The Dead Republic_, I'll put in a plug here for the movies based on the three novels of his "Barrytown Trilogy": The Commitments (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), The Snapper, and The Van.

IMO, The Crying Game is a very good film despite the famous plot twist.

Posted on Mar 17, 2013 11:27:00 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 17, 2013 11:28:58 PM PDT
stevign says:
The Devil's Own starring Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt.

Rory Devaney (Brad Pitt): Don't look for a happy ending. It's not an American story. It's an Irish one.

Michael Collins starring Liam Neeson.
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