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One day, a very small traveling carnival arrives in the village. The carnival is so small all the members of the troupe perform multiple tasks. One of the troupe is played by Aiden Quinn. Quinn has a nifty motorcycle which he spins round and round the village green to impress Wright. Finney disapproves of Quinn's interest in Wright. When the carnival leaves the village, Quinn asks Wright to ride aways with him on his motorbike. Will she, should she? You'll have to watch the film to find out whether she chooses the good cop or the dashing young man, and you will discover the identity of the baby's father by the end of the film.
A story about secrets, love, fidelity, irony and small town life, "The Playboys" features a stunning performance by Alber Finney and likely the best film work of Aidan Quinn's career as they compete for unwed-but-pregnant Robin Wright, a young woman in a small Irish town that won't disclose the father of her child circa 1957.
While the film is not completely convincing in its representation of the 1950s (who knows what rural Ireland was like then?) it nonetheless remains an involving drama about people, circumstances, personal honor and what is important in life. Shane Connaughton's script plays the competition between the two men -- the standup cop Finney, representing good and irony, against actor-playboy Quinn, representing free spirits --against the overall conservatism and situational condemnation of village residents. The result is good fun and enticing cinema verite.
Filmed in Ireland, "The Playboys" is a wonderful movie that avoids nonsense and sentimentality, ends realistically, and asks the viewer what happenend when it's all over. It is a story on a lesser scale than some of the year's Oscar contenders; yet it stands up to all of them in terms of intelligence, viewer involvement, acting, onsite filming and the fulfilling the vision of its screenwriter. It's a film and story you won't soon forget.
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I enjoy Irish movies for some reason and Aidan Quinn wins me over with this one.Published 10 months ago by SillyPH
Everyone in this movie played their parts so well you forget you are watching a movie I could watch it over and over.Published on March 16, 2014 by Geradine Dinardo
This arrived in German and with European coding. Totally useless to me. I have had no response to my refund request. Really angry and disappointed.Published on July 28, 2013 by N Duncan
I love Aidan Quinn and Robin Wright. What a beautiful movie. I can watch and fall in love with any movie that tells such a beautiful story and place it in Ireland and that is the... Read morePublished on October 4, 2012 by should have been born in the 1880's
This is one of my favorite movies. Aidan Quinn and Robin Wright have wonderful chemistry and if you like romance you can't help but enjoy it. Great date night movie!Published on June 3, 2010 by Kathleen
A beautiful story, acted similarly. It has a great ring of truth--growing up in the west of Ireland,I well remember the traveling performers who set up their tent on Monday and... Read morePublished on August 21, 2009 by Emmanuel S. Forde
The Playboys is a very good drama about village life and how everyone is up on everyone else's business--the typical smalltown denizens. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Marie Sharon