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The Dawning (1988)

An I.R.A. gunman (Sir Anthony Hopkins) on the run from the government. He meets up with an idealistic young woman (Rebecca Pidgeon) and attempts to win her support for his cause.

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Robert Knights

Writers:

Jennifer Johnston (novel), Moira Williams
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hopkins ... Cassius / Angus Barrie
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Nancy Gulliver
Jean Simmons ... Aunt Mary
Trevor Howard ... Grandfather
Tara MacGowran ... Maeve
Hugh Grant ... Harry
Ronnie Masterson Ronnie Masterson ... Bridie
John Rogan John Rogan ... Mr. Carroll
Joan O'Hara Joan O'Hara ... Maurya
Charmian May Charmian May ... Celia Brabazon
Ann Way ... George Brabazon
Mark O'Regan Mark O'Regan ... Joe Mulhare
Brendan Laird Brendan Laird ... Tommy Roche
Adrian Dunbar ... Capt. Rankin
Geoffrey Greenhill Geoffrey Greenhill ... Cpl. Tweedie
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Storyline

An I.R.A. gunman (Sir Anthony Hopkins) on the run from the government. He meets up with an idealistic young woman (Rebecca Pidgeon) and attempts to win her support for his cause.

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His war will never end. Her love will never die.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1988 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fremde am Strand See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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This movie was dedicated to the memory of Trevor Howard (Grandfather), who died soon after it was made. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Gulliver: I shall call you Cassius.
Cassius aka Angus Barrie: Cassius, why?
Nancy Gulliver: Because you have a mean and hungry look!
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References Riders to the Sea (1935) See more »

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For Anthony Hopkins Fans Only
17 November 2012 | by EradanSee all my reviews

In the minor genre of films about the Irish Revolution, there is a very small sub-genre of romances projected on to the backdrop of the Troubles. The best of these is of course "Ryan's Daughter", the average is "Cal" and the absolute worst is this turkey, "The Dawning." TD treats the huge turmoil of Ireland during the War of Independence as fodder for the self-absorption of a ditsy eighteen-yr-old. The script makes a big point early in the film about how much the heroine resents being considered immature, and then spends the rest of the movie showing that's exactly what she is. Frankly, she comes off as being more like a high school girl than a young woman about to leave for college. I got tired of this character very quickly, and soon found myself getting bored every time Hopkins wasn't on the screen. It did occur to me to wonder if the writer had written the character this way deliberately but if so, it was a very odd dramatic strategy; there was no real growth in the girl over the course of the movie.

The one bright spot in TD is Anthony Hopkin's performance which is pretty good (especially considering how little he had to work with). If you're a big fan of AH, this flick might be worth your time; otherwise, give it a miss.


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