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The Outsider (1979)

A young American man joins the IRA in Ireland but soon finds out that he is being used for political purposes and propaganda.

Director:

Tony Luraschi

Writers:

Colin Leinster (novel), Tony Luraschi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Wasson ... Michael Flaherty
Sterling Hayden ... Seamus Flaherty
Patricia Quinn ... Siobhan
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Emmet Donovan
T.P. McKenna ... John Russell
Niall Toibin ... The Farmer
Frank Grimes ... Tony Coyle
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Mrs. Cochran
Bosco Hogan ... Finbar Donovan
Ray McAnally ... MacWhirter
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Sean Tweeny
Joe Dowling Joe Dowling ... Pat
Aiden Grennell Aiden Grennell ... Hanlan
Joe McPartland Joe McPartland ... Joe McDermott
Des Cave Des Cave ... Kevin McCann (as Desmond Cave)
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Storyline

Idealistic Vietnam veteran Michael Flaherty (Wasson), enthralled by the stories told to him by his grandfather (Hayden) and disillusioned by the lack of a clear cut cause in Vietnam, leaves his comfortable life in a Detroit suburb and goes to Ireland to fight for the IRA, only to discover that nothing is ever clear cut. Written by Anonymous

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A cause he believed in but did not understand. In a country he loved but did not know.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinematic Arts B.V. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Broken English
Written by Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds, Joe Maverty, Steve York,
& Terry Stannard
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Courtesy of Island Records
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Fantastic, intense movie
3 March 2009 | by autumn7000See all my reviews

I saw this movie with my parents when I was only 10. It is not an appropriate film to take a child to, as there is a graphic torture scene and a lot of violence. However, I did not have any lasting trauma, and I thought the film was incredible. Very realistic, good acting, cynical story line that looked at multiple sides of the issue of the Troubles. The movie did not paint either the IRA or the British government in a positive light. I thought the violence in the film, though graphic, was necessary to show the brutality of the situation. This was one of the most memorable movies I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find it on DVD. I would love to see it again as an adult.


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