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The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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Young Fiona lives with her grandparents in a small fishing village where she takes an active role to unravel the mysterious secrets.

Director:

John Sayles

Writers:

Rosalie K. Fry (book), John Sayles (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeni Courtney Jeni Courtney ... Fiona
Pat Slowey Pat Slowey ... Priest
Dave Duffy ... Jim
Declan Hannigan ... Oldest brother
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir ... Barmaid
Eugene McHugh Eugene McHugh ... Bar Patron 1
Tony Rubini Tony Rubini ... Bar Patron 2
Mick Lally Mick Lally ... Hugh
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ... Tess
Richard Sheridan Richard Sheridan ... Eamon
Micheal MacCarthaigh Micheal MacCarthaigh ... Schoolmaster
Fergal McElherron Fergal McElherron ... Sean Michael
Brendan Conroy Brendan Conroy ... Flynn
John Lynch ... Tadhg
Frankie McCafferty ... Tim
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Storyline

10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal who can turn into a human. Years earlier, her baby brother washed out to sea in a cradle shaped like a boat; someone in the family believes the boy is being raised by the seals. Then Fiona catches sight of a naked little boy on the abandoned Isle of Roan Inish and takes an active role in uncovering the secret of Roan Inish. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The secret's out! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some moments that may be disquieting to small children | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le secret de Roan Inish See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,101,600
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Stereo)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Near the end of the film, when the seals push the cradle-boat back into the sea, you can clearly see a hand at the top left corner of the frame grab the cradle and pull it. See more »

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Tadhg: I've no idea of the future, but I can see the past quite well. And the present, if the weather's clear.
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A Wonderful Tale with a Fearless Young Heroine
11 August 2004 | by losteinSee all my reviews

I love this movie for a number of reasons. First, its just a beautiful setting. Second, John Sayles does not succumb to Hollywood norms and resort to special effects, rock songs or cheap dramatic plot twists to jazz up what seems to be a simple folk tale. Most of all, I love that all of the characters are allowed their humanity and dignity. Fiona, the 10 year girl who is at the center of the film, follows her curiosity in a brave but realistic way, never spouting wise cracks so common with most American child characters. Imagine being told an old family story by your favorite Uncle or Grandfather while sitting around a living room late at night, with only the low light provided by the glow of a fire or one old lamp so nothing distracts your imagination's journey. That is what this film is like...


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