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John M. Kelly Library

Movies: Celtic Cinema



PN1992.77 .B355 pt. 1-6 DVD
released 1996-2001.
A young priest serving in the small Irish village of Ballykissangel discovers the town poses many more challenges than he expected.

Bloody Sunday

DA995 .L75 E942 2003 DVD
110 minutes; released 2002.
A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

The Boxer

PN1997 .B69 1998 DVD
120 minutes; released 1998.
Daniel Day-Lewis is a boxer trying to escape his complicated IRA past, and free himself and his would-be love from the Irish struggles.

Breakfast on Pluto

PR6063 .C32 B7322 2006 DVD
129 minutes; released 2005.
A young Irishman reinvents himself as a transvestite cabaret singer in 1970s London. Starring Cillian Murphy and Stephen Rea. Based on the novel by Pat McCabe. Directed by Neil Jordan.

The Butcher Boy

PN1997 .B87 1998 VHS
111 minutes; released 1997.
A saga of an energetic and imaginative boy whose bleak existence in a small 1960s Ireland town eventually drives him to drastic measures. Based on the novel by Pat McCabe. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). Starring Eamonn Owens, Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw and Sinead O'Connor.

The Commitments

PN1997 .C68 2003 DVD
117 minutes; released 1991.
A young man forms a band and dreams of bringing soul music to Dublin, Ireland. Screenplay by Roddy Doyle. Directed by Alan Parker.

The Conflict

PR9313 .O59 C32 1999 DVD
80 minutes; released 1973.
A priest is sent from Rome to reform a traditional monastery in Ireland.

The Crying Game

PN1997 .C877 1998 DVD
112 minutes; released 1992.
A British soldier gets kidnapped by Irish terrorists and starts a friendship with one of his captors. When the hostage-taking goes wrong, the friend escapes and later meets the soldier's girlfriend in London. Starring Forest Whitaker and Stephen Rea. Directed by Neil Jordan.

The Dead

PN1997 .D415 1988 VHS
82 minutes; released 1987.
John Huston's feature-length movie adaptation of the story by James Joyce about a turn-of-the century Dublin couple who appear to have everything.

Death or Canada: Fleeing the Famine

FC3097.9 .I6 D43 2008 DVD
160 minutes; released 2008.
This docudrama depicts the horrors of the 1845-1852 Irish famine and the resulting emigration of about 41,000 refugees to Toronto, Ontario, a city of only 20,000 people. Narrated by Brian Dennehy. Directed by Run Magan.

December Bride

PN1997 .D4 1993 VHS
90 minutes; released 1990.
A young woman moves to a small Irish town and develops a relationship with two men who are brothers. When she becomes pregnant, she refuses to divulge which is the father, prefering to retain her independence.

Disco Pigs

PN1997.2 .D5742003 DVD
94 minutes; released 2001.
A boy and a girl born in a Dublin hospital within minutes of each other grow up inseparable from one another.

East is East

PN1997 .E3 2000 DVD
96 minutes; released 1999.
The conflict between two generations of a Pakistani family living in northern England in the 1970s. Based on the play by Ayub Khan-Din. Directed by Damien O'Donnell.

Father Ted

PN1992.77 .F384 2004 DVD
3 discs; 25 episodes; 640 minutes; released 1995-1998.
A television comedy series about three priests working in a parish on a tiny island off the Irish coast.

The Field

PN1997 .F54 2001 DVD
113 minutes; released 1990.
An old man in Rural Ireland fights the plans of an American land developer. Starring Richard Harris.

In America

PN1997.2 .I52 2004 DVD
105 minutes; released 2002.
Tale of a poor Irish family searching for a better life in America, amidst the dangers of New York's "Hell's Kitchen."

In the Name of the Father

PN1997 .I475 1998 DVD
133 minutes; released 1993.
A petty Irish thief is wrongfully imprisoned for the terrorist bombing of an London tavern.

The Informer

PN1997 .I514 1995 VHS
91 minutes; released 1935.
Based on the novel by Liam O'Flaherty. "A Dublin revolutionary betrays an Irishman's most solemn code...."

The Irish R.M.

p >PR6037 .O6 I722 2006
6 discs
An English magistrate is sent to the west of Ireland about 1900 where he encounters a host of interesting characters. Based on the series of books by Edith Somerville and Violet Florence Martin.


PR6063 .U7178 K5622 2008 DVD
89 minutes; released 2007.
A group of five Irishmen, all of whom have emigrated to England, are re-united for the wake of an old friend.

A Love Divided

PN1997 .L676 2002 DVD
98 minutes; released 1999.
A Protestant Irishwoman who has promised to raise her children Catholic reconsiders her decision.

The Magdalene Sisters

PN1997.2 .M34 2004 DVD
119 minutes; released 2002.
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a home for unwed mothers run by nuns. Audio-track in English or French, with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles.

Michael Collins

PN1997 .M53 1997 DVD
133 minutes; released 1996.
The story of Irish Republican Army founder Michael Collins from the Easter Rebellion of 1916 to his untimely death. Directed by Neil Jordan.

Mona Lisa

PN1997 .M6 2001 DVD
104 minutes; released 1986.
Part thriller, part love story. It tells about the relationship between George, a small-time criminal-turned-chauffeur and his boss, a high-class call girl, who together end up caught in London's sordid criminal underworld. Directed by Neil Jordan.


PR6019 .O9 Z71842 2001 DVD
107 minutes; released 2000.
A dramatization of the relationship between Irish writer James Joyce and Nora Barnacle.


PN 1997.2 O434 2005 DVD
102 minutes; released 2005.
A father who lost his son in the bombing of the town of Omagh tries to uncover the truth of who the bombers - the Real IRA - were.

One Man's Hero

PN1997 .O5 2000 DVD
122 minutes; released 1998.
A small group of Irish soldiers fighting in the Mexican-American War are persecuted for their religious beliefs, and defect to Mexico. Audio-track in English, with optional French or Spanish subtitles.

Shallow Grave

PN1997 .S43 2000 DVD
90 minutes; released 1994.
When three friends find their new roommate dead and a suitcase full of money under his bed, they decide to dispose of the body and keep the cash.

The Snapper

PR6054 .O95 S642 2001z DVD
95 minutes; released 1993.
An unmarried Irish woman refuses to reveal the name of the father of her unborn child. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.


PR6019 .O9 U42 2000 DVD
124 minutes; released 1967.
One day in the life of a middle-aged Irish Jew. Based on the novel by James Joyce.

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

PN1997.2 .W563 2007 DVD
127 minutes; released 2006.
A young doctor gives up a promising career to take up arms against the ruling British in 1920s Ireland. But just when a treaty is signed, civil war breaks loose, pitting families and friends against each other. Winner of the 2006 Palme d'Or prize for best film at Cannes.