Irish Classics

  |  Buy to Own: 19/11/2007
  |  538 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Box set featuring four popular Irish films. In 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970), Rosie Ryan (Sarah Miles) is a young woman trapped in a passionless marriage to an older schoolteacher (Robert Mitchum), who begins an affair with a shell-shocked English soldier (Christopher Jones), provoking gossip and gaining a reputation as a traitor to the Nationalist cause. Directed by David Lean, the film won Oscars for Freddie Young's cinematography and John Mills' memorable performance as the village idiot. 'Michael Collins' (1996) is director Neil Jordan's account of the life and career of Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. Though not always historically accurate, it tells of Collins' (Liam Neeson) struggle to release Ireland from British rule in the 1920s, his love affair with Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts) and political struggles with Sinn Fein president Eamon De Valera (Alan Rickman). In 'The Butcher Boy' (1997), young Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens) grows up in a small Irish town in the 1960s. His father Benny (Stephen Rea) is a drunk, while his ma has to be carted off to the local asylum after a breakdown. Francie finds solace with his best friend Joe, but a tragic chain of circumstances is set in motion when the boys begin to terrorise their studious classmate, Phillip Nugent. Phillip's mother calls Francie's family 'pigs', and Francie becomes obsessed with making her life a misery, estranging himself from Joe in the process. Finally, in 'The General' (1998), Irish gangster Martin Cahill (Brendan Gleeson) becomes known as 'The General' after co-ordinating a series of armed robberies in Dublin during the 1980s. Hailed in some quarters as a folk-hero for his defiance against the authorities, he pulls one job too many when he steals paintings belonging to the Beit collection. With the police closing in, Cahill's problems are multiplied by the increasing interest of the IRA in his activities.