Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.Written by
The quote from Lord Kilmichael, "there are those who look forward to the day when a Celtic Irishman is as rare in Ireland as a Red Indian in Manhattan", is from a purported editorial in the Times of London written during the famine. James Joyce adapted this in his 1922 novel Ulysses, "... and the Times rubbed its hands and told the whitelivered Saxons there would soon be as few Irish in Ireland as redskins in America." See more »
The pub pictured at the end of the film has windows made out of wire mesh glass; this was not invented until 1892. See more »
[Voice over, speaking English over Irish language narration]
In the year of 1845 a terrible famine descended upon Ireland. Within a few short years one in four of our people would be gone forever. Fled to England and North America. Or dead from starvation and fever. Irishmen who had enlisted to fight for the occupying British crown in its foreign wars returned home to find only death and destruction in every corner of the land. Seen by many as traitors to their own people, they looked on ...
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