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Evelyn (2002)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 2002 (USA)
Desmond's wife leaves him and their 3 kids after Christmas 1953. Unemployed in Dublin, the authorities place the kids in orphanages. Employed again, Desmond tries to get his kids back.

Director:

Bruce Beresford

Writer:

Paul Pender
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sophie Vavasseur ... Evelyn Doyle
Niall Beagan Niall Beagan ... Dermot Doyle
Hugh McDonagh Hugh McDonagh ... Maurice Doyle (as Hugh Macdonagh)
Pierce Brosnan ... Desmond Doyle
Mairead Devlin Mairead Devlin ... Charlotte Doyle
Frank Kelly ... Henry Doyle
Clare Mullen Clare Mullen ... Mrs. Daisley (as Claire Mullan)
Alvaro Lucchesi Alvaro Lucchesi ... Inspector Logan
Garrett Keogh Garrett Keogh ... District Judge
Daithi O'Suilleabhain Daithi O'Suilleabhain ... Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
Andrea Irvine Andrea Irvine ... Sister Brigid
Marian Quinn ... Sister Theresa
Karen Ardiff Karen Ardiff ... Sister Felicity
Julianna Margulies ... Bernadette Beattie
Bosco Hogan ... Father O'Malley
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Storyline

1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot, and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Irish courts put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that he'll get his children back after he gets a job, he learns there's another barrier. During that time, Evelyn suffers abuse, while Desmond goes to court to get his children back. A barmaid, her brother, her suitor, and a tippling footballer become Desmond's team.

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The story of a father's love that changed a nation

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Several decades later, widespread shocking revelations and allegations about the extent of the abuse of children in the care of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, during this time in the 1950s, have since given this film a much darker undercurrent than originally intended. See more »

Goofs

When the man from SPCC was speaking with Doyle, a woman behind Doyle hung the same pair of pants on the line twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dermot Doyle: Evelyn, did Jesus have a big sister?
Evelyn Doyle: No Dermot, he wasn't as lucky as you.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evelyn: The Story Behind the Story (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

The Holly and the Ivy Girl
(Traditional)
Performed by The Cór Na Nog Rté Choir
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User Reviews

A real jewel!
26 March 2004 | by pa6-5000See all my reviews

I loved this movie from the first time I saw it. It has all a good story needs. It's funny, moving and warm.

The story of Evelyn Doyle is told without too much bias, which is a nice thing to see. It paints a picture of 1950s Ireland that seems more optimistic. The movie is not all about misery. It's about life with all its ups and downs.

The cast is excellent, you just have to love all the characters. I'm especially fond of Pierce Brosnan's performance. You see a side of him that he doesn't get to show much on film. He even sings, what impressed me a lot. He makes you forget about James Bond; he actually becomes Desmond Doyle. I'd love to see him in more films of that kind!


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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA | Germany | Ireland | UK | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,344, 15 December 2002

Gross USA:

$1,487,645

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,186,916
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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