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Bursting with all the fiery elements that make great love stories memorable, The Playboys is "a beautiful, moving and gripping film" (The Hollywood Reporter). Boasting "excellent performances"(Variety) by Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn and Robin Wright this "lovely and enveloping film weaves magic" (The New York Times)! Tara (Wright), the most irresistible woman in a small Irish village, is also the most scorned when she refuses to reveal the identity of her baby's father. Under pressure by Constable Hegarty (Finney) to accept his hand in marriage, Tara rejects his proposaland falls instead for a dashing actor (Quinn). But as their affair heats up, a jealous Hegarty threatens to expose Tara's secret and destroy the only happiness she's ever known.

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, Robin Wright, Milo O'Shea, Alan Devlin
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Writers: Kerry Crabbe, Shane Connaughton
  • Producers: Simon Perry, William P. Cartlidge
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW0V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Playboys" on IMDb

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By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on May 21, 2001
Format: DVD
THE PLAYBOYS stars Albert Finney, Aiden Quinn and Robin Wright. I saw the film in the theatre several years ago and have been waiting to buy the DVD. I don't remember the characters names, but the gist of the story is this: Robin Wright plays a young woman living in a small village in Ireland. She is the mother of an adorable out-of-wedlock baby. She will not divulge the identity of the baby's father. Albert Finney plays the village constable. He wants to marry Wright, but she refuses to marry him or to identify her child's father. Many folks in the village feel Wright ought to marry the good cop.
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.
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Give this one a second chance. First time through, I thought plot was thin and weak. Second time through I picked up on the nuances of personal relationships in a rural Irish village, as intertwined as a Celtic knot. Good acting all around - even the stoic children do their part. When traveling players come to town, secrets are revealed and personalities clash, but in the repressed undercurrents common where small groups must live together. A global story with an Irish accent, told in the days before television homogenized the world.
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I know 1992 was a long time ago so I'll remind you of the film's nominated for the best picture Oscar that year: "Unforgiven", Clint Eastwood's cowboy movie with a modern edge that won the award, and competitors "The Crying Game", "A Few Good Men", "Howards End" and "Scent of a Woman". This film, "The Playboys", is better than all those films, in my opinion.

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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The setting for "The Playboys" is an Irish farming village in 1957. Order is maintained equally by the Catholic Church and the local constabulary represented primarily by a moody officer, Brendan(Albert Finney). A gloom has fallen over the town, however. The locals believe a curse is on the town because unmarried seamstress Tara(Robin Wright), who also makes extra quid running supplies to the IRA, has given birth out of wedlock and it won't be lifted until she names the father. Brendan has made repeated offers of marriage to Tara to make her a decent woman but she will have none of it. Meanwhile a travelling group of actors called the Playboys has come to town. What this troupe lacks in polish it has in versatility. They can do Shakespeare and "Gone with the Wind" as well as a mean Can-Can much to the consternation of the parish priest. Tara becomes smitten with the Playboys affably handsome lead performer, Tom(Aidan Quinn). This draws the ire of Brendan but will Tara sacrifice the greatest happiness she's ever known? I think the novelty of "The Playboys" is it shows the people of Ireland in a different light. Most films set in Ireland draw these folks in broad strokes with more than a touch of blarney. There's a grittiness on display here. The beauty of the script, co-written by Shane Connaughton who helped write "My Left Foot", is that the characters and not the setting take prominence. Tara and Mike are fully fleshed out individuals and their romance is kinetic. Also, Brendan could have been played heavy handed but Finney gives the character complexity making him a tragic figure instead of a villain. "The Playboys" is at turns challenging and entertaining. This is lesser known film waiting for discovery.
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