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Young Cassidy (1965)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 22 April 1965 (Argentina)
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The misadventures of a young idealist man in the Dublin of the early 20th century.

Directors:

Jack Cardiff, John Ford (uncredited)

Writers:

John Whiting (screenplay), Sean O'Casey (autobiography "Mirror in My House")
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rod Taylor ... John Cassidy
Julie Christie ... Daisy Battles
Maggie Smith ... Nora
Michael Redgrave ... W.B. Yeats
Edith Evans ... Lady Gregory
Flora Robson ... Mrs. Cassidy
Jack MacGowran ... Archie
Siân Phillips ... Ella
T.P. McKenna ... Tom
Julie Ross Julie Ross ... Sara
Robin Sumner Robin Sumner ... Michael
Philip O'Flynn Philip O'Flynn ... Mick Mullen (as Phillip O'Flynn)
Pauline Delaney ... Bessie Ballynoy (as Pauline Delany)
Arthur O'Sullivan Arthur O'Sullivan ... Foreman
Joe Lynch Joe Lynch ... 1st Hurler
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Storyline

In Dublin 1910, Johnny Cassidy, an impoverished idealist's ambitions are restricted by the demands of looking after his family, journeys through the social injustices of Dublin life - involving himself with the rowdy tramway-men strike, dawdling with prostitute Daisy Battles, seeking a better life. He falls in love with bookshop assistant Nora who encourages him toward a life of writing. Finding success at the Abbey Theatre, his unorthodox views estrange him from family, friends and his own past. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

He's in action - after every woman and wonder in sight!"; "Bellowing, Brawling, Womanizing your way! He's in action morning, noon and night - after every woman and wonder in sight!"; "" See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1965 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

El soñador rebelde See more »

Filming Locations:

County Wicklow, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Ford fell ill during production and was replaced by Jack Cardiff. See more »

Goofs

The story is set around 1910. One hour into the story a horse and carriage pass by. A 1960s-era car is seen turning at an intersection where it just came from. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Foreman: [agitated with his overly vigorous workmanship] Cassidy! For the love-a God man, your enthusiasm will be the death of us all. Toss the dirt nice and easy where it's meant to go.
John Cassidy: Yes sir.
Foreman: What dya think you're doin' down there, reconstructin' the whole of Ireland? Come on outta there, come up.
[John reluctantly climbs out of the trench]
Foreman: Cassidy, ya be with us one day, and already ya nearly caused the most terrible slaughter among the men.
John Cassidy: Yes, I'll get the hang of it if I'm given the ...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Billed as "A John Ford Film", although Jack Cardiff is credited as sole director. See more »

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Referenced in Rod Taylor: Return to Oz (2005) See more »

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An excellent rendering of O'Casey's story.
23 March 2006 | by vzeyshmSee all my reviews

"Young Cassidy" is one of my all time favorite movies. I am a big fan of Sean O'Casey, and became a big fan of Rod Taylor's when I first saw this film over 35 years ago. It used to be shown every St. Patrick's day, like The Informer and The Quiet Man, I believe it was WOR, Channel 9 (now the UPN) here in NY, then it just disappeared, and I have been unable to find a VHS or DVD copy of it, a real shame. John Ford worked his usual magic and was well replaced by Jack Cardiff (after Ford fell ill), and a wonderful vision of Ireland in the early 20th Century took shape. It tells of Young Jack Cassidy (O'Casey) and his attempts to break out of the poverty cycle he has been trapped in, to get away and pursue a career as a writer. He is faced with the prejudice that all "common" Irish faced, and then has to survive the madness that overtakes Dublin during the "Easter Rebellion" of 1916, before he finally gets a chance and sails off to London. I have not seen this film in 20 years, and I wish I knew why it was so unavailable. It adheres quite well to O'Casey's Autobiographies, though it is more fun to read his words than see them portrayed.


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