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The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)

The Boys from County Clare (original title)
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In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland.

Director:

John Irvin

Writer:

Nicholas Adams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Hill ... John Joe
Charlotte Bradley Charlotte Bradley ... Maisie
Andrea Corr ... Anne
Stephen Brennan ... Miko
Eamonn Owens ... Pat
Malachy Bourke Malachy Bourke ... Ben
Brendan O'Hare Brendan O'Hare ... Brendan
Ian Shaw ... Johnny
Leslie Bingham Leslie Bingham ... Leslie
Colm Meaney ... Jimmy
Shaun Evans ... Teddy
Philip Barantini ... Alex
Frank Twomey Frank Twomey ... Roger
Emmet Kirwan ... Clive
Noel Bridgeman Noel Bridgeman ... Drummer
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Storyline

It's the mid 1960s. With a long tradition of Irish music in their bloods, middle aged John Joe McMahon and younger Jimmy McMahon, two of three brothers, grew up in County Clare, Ireland. They have long been estranged, their falling out over a woman. John Joe, still living in County Clare, has never married, while Jimmy, who long left County Clare to live in Liverpool, is on wife number five and probably counting. As fiddlers, they each lead their own ceili band, following those strict musical conventions in which they were raised. As such, Jimmy's talented flautist, Teddy, exasperates him if only because of Teddy being musically influenced by among others The Beatles. John Joe's band has won the best ceili band competition at the prestigious annual Irish music festival three years running. This year, Jimmy's band will also be in attendance for the first time. John Joe and Jimmy do not want to see each other and do whatever they can to ensure the other does not make it to the festival.... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Listen to your heart.

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boys & Girl from County Clare See more »

Filming Locations:

Isle of Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,856, 13 March 2005

Gross USA:

$142,872

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$151,869
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is NOT set in 1965. As others have pointed out, almost everything about it says at least late 60s, and more like early 70s. It even includes the line, "...the greatest thing since Sgt Pepper" for a start. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposedly set in the early 60's when the Beatles were a beat band. Yet we see an English car with an H registration - not issued until August 1969. Alex and Teddy also mention Kevin Keegan signing for Liverpool. This did not happen until 1971. See more »

Quotes

Anne: Is that all You ever think about, Music?
John Joe: Well when you've got the music, you've got friends for life, thats why I'm never lonely. Remember that.
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Connections

References Roman Holiday (1953) See more »

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The Rolling Wave
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Grand. Just grand.
31 August 2005 | by artzauSee all my reviews

If you like Irish music, that is, traditional Irish music, known to us who know, love and play, as sessions, then you'll love this little film. Colm Meaney, Jimmy, and Bernard Hill, Johnjoe are brothers in competition for winning a ceilidh band contest. Jimmy has immigrated and enjoys a modicum of success and Johnjoe has remained at home. The plot is thickened by the presence of Andrea Corr, Anne, who is Jimmy's daughter out of Charlotte Brtadley, Maisie, JohnJoe's piano player. The love interest is sparked by Jimmy's Liverpudlian flautist, Shaun Evans, Teddy, who falls heavily for Anne and were off the races. The dialogue is lively and the shenanigans are rampant. The payoff is fun and the music..., ah, the music. The music is aoibhinn ta gael. Under the wise baton of Fiachra Trench, the music is grand. Too, Andrea Corr of her own group, The Corrs, adds a bit of freshness to the pot with her perky Irish beauty. If you like sessions, you'll love this one. If you don't, well... listen anyway. The music is tops.


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