The Run of the Country Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for The Run of the Country the Movie

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Amid the scenic splendor of a small town south of the North Irish border in County Cavan, Danny (Keeslar) comes of age, sometimes the hard way. His relationship with his bullying dad (Finney), the local Garda officer, begins to crumble after the tragic death of his mum. So he runs away to live with the town malcontent Prunty (Brophy) and falls in love with the beautiful Annagh (Smurfit), who lives north of the border. Life gets even more complicated when Annagh learns she's pregnant. Director Yates, reunited with Finney for the first time since they won Oscars for "The Dresser," sometimes digs too deep into a big crock of standard Irish stew, occasionally delivering Celtic melodrama instead of poignant slice of life. The usual themes of family dysfunction, religious rebellion and moral dilemma are augmented by the occasional appearance of the IRA. As the frustrated, violent father, Finney shines. In their debut, Keeslar and Smurfit are fine, but Brophy's Prunty is the one you'll remember. Adapted by Connaughton (who used similar geography for "The Playboys") from his novel.


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Available on VHS
Running time 109 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Coming of Age, Ireland, Buddies, Dads, Teen Angst
Shane Connaughton
Albert Finney, Matt Keeslar, Victoria Smurfit, Anthony Brophy, David Kelly
Mike Southon
Peter Yates
Cynthia Millar
Peter Yates, Ruth Boswell, Nigel Wooll, Castle Rock Entertainment, Columbia Pictures

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