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Captain Boycott (1947)

Approved | | Drama, History | 1948 (Austria)
In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

Director:

Frank Launder

Writers:

Patrick Campbell (additional dialogue), Paul Vincent Carroll (additional dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Hugh Davin
Kathleen Ryan ... Anne Killain
Cecil Parker ... Capt. Charles C. Boycott
Mervyn Johns ... Watty Connell
Alastair Sim ... Father McKeogh
Noel Purcell ... Daniel McGinty
Niall MacGinnis ... Mark Killain
Maureen Delaney Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Davin
Eddie Byrne ... Sean Kerin
Liam Gaffney Liam Gaffney ... Michael Fagan
Liam Redmond ... Martin Egan
Edward Lexy ... Sgt. Dempsey
Robert Donat ... Charles Stewart Parnell
Bernadette O'Farrell Bernadette O'Farrell ... Mrs. Fagan
Harry Webster Harry Webster ... Robert Hogan
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Fact-based historical drama about the Irish farmer rebellion against the landed and privileged class. In 1880, prominent Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell, President of the Irish Land League which represented tenants' rights, held a public speech against the landlords. In his fiery speech, Parnell urged shunning the landlords rather than killing them. One of the worst landlords, Captain Charles Boycott, lived in County Mayo and charged extortionate rents from his tenants and sharecroppers. In case of late payment, Captain Boycott forcibly evicted his tenants using the constabulary force or the army. Farmer Hugh Davin advocated the use of force rather than the passive resistance advocated by Irish politician Parnell. However, Parnell pertinently commented that use of force against the landlords will invite reprisals from the part of the army and the police. In the end, the farmers and those already evicted from their homes decide to give Parnell's idea a try. As part of their ... Written by nufs68

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Drama | History

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitão Boycott See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Stuntman Paddy Ryan was paid approximately 40 pounds for doing one day's work on this movie, according to an article in Picture Post, 15 March 1947. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Col. Strickland: You can't make British soldiers fight for what any fool can see is an unjust cause.
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Heights of Alma
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Arranged by William Alwyn
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the misadventures of Captain Boycott leading to lasting but most unvoluntary fame
6 October 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

I was surprised to see only 5 reviews of this outstanding historical feature with so many excellent actors in a story well up to the top standard of contemporary adventure and action films. This is an epic explaining the Boycott problem how it occurred and was invented by a series of curious events, starting with a patron's opprsssion of his farmers (Captain Boycott, Cecil Parker perfectly convincing in all his stupid cruelty of narrow-mindedness) and their reactions, led by opposing parties, one for peace and one for action, while Stewart Granger is in the middle, his horse also playing a prominent part in the drama. The main characters leading to action though are Alastair Sim as the vicar. the only one who actually knows and understands his turbulent Irish parishioners, and Robert Donat as the historical Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell, appearing only in one scene which however determines the whole drama. There are some terrific scenes when the Irish get started in to action for real, and all the pub scenes are a feast to enjoy. There are many characters making up this drama, the Killains, the British soldiers (with Maurice Denham) and all the other agitated Irishmen, Stewart Granger is at his best with horse and all, - and all the others match him perfectly, including the scoundrels. This film deserves better attention as a lasting epic classic for all time.


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