Shake Hands with the Devil Movie Review 1959

Information and Film Reviews for Shake Hands with the Devil the Movie

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It's the Irish Republican Army against the British Black and Tans as Ireland fights for independence in 1921. Cagney is a teaching surgeon who is secretly a militant, obsessed with the idea of gaining Irish freedom. He urges his students to join with him, which Irish-American Murray does. When Murray learns that Cagney is out to sabotage a peace treaty, he must decide whether to betray Cagney in order to stop further violence. Cagney is excellent as the hard-bitten revolutionary who can't see beyond his own ideals. Filmed on location in Dublin, which further heightens the film's tension.


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Available on VHS
Running time 110 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Dublin, War, General, Period Piece: 1920s
Ivan Goff
James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns, Michael Redgrave, Sybil Thorndike, Harry Brogan, Robert Brown
Michael Anderson
United Artists

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