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Based on the book by James Plunkett, Strumpet City recreates the era of the Dublin Lockout of 1913, one of the countrys most famous and devastating labor uprisings. Still under british rule, Dublin was a city divided between the wealthy, for whom the Victorian era still lingered, and the poor, where infant mortality was higher than in Calcutta. Featuring Cyril Cusack, Frank Grimes, David Kelly, Byran Murray, Peter Ustinov, and Peter OToole.
RECOMMENDED - Featuring stellar performances from the cast, Strumpet City is well worth watching. -- DVDTalk.com, February 20, 2007
- James Plunkett bio
- Historical background
- Cast filmographies
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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.