St. Patrick’s Day Films 2011

 Far and Away (1992) Rated PG-13

In Ron Howard’s epic drama, two 19th-century Irish immigrants make the journey to the United States together, but for very different reasons. Joseph Donelly is a poor farmer who’s lost everything, while Shannon Christie is chafing against her privileged but stifling upbringing. Looking for land as they make their way west, they also find love as they endure a series of hardships that strengthens their relationship.

 Leap Year (2009) Rated PG

Anna  chooses February 29 to propose marriage to her “perfect” boyfriend, Jeremy, sure he’ll accept because of an Irish custom. But after meeting charming innkeeper Declan en route to Dublin, Anna must evaluate her original plans. Anand Tucker directs this charming romantic comedy about finding what one really wants in the most unexpected places.

 Once (2006) Rated R

In this charming contemporary musical helmed by John Carney, a street musician in Dublin, Ireland, strikes up a friendship with a migrant street hawker, and the duo ends up composing and recording a series of songs over the course of a week. The tunes mirror their burgeoning romance and help the young busker release his musical passions. The actors wrote the tunes they perform, winning an Oscar for their efforts.

 Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) Rated G

Irishman Darby O’Gill  finds himself face to face with magical little people — leprechauns — in this unheralded Disney gem. One of O’Gill’s tall tales comes true when he captures the King of the Leprechauns, who must grant him three wishes. But all the wishes ultimately backfire, with comical results. Partly filmed on location, the movie co-stars Sean Connery (in an early role), Janet Munro and Estelle Winwood.

 The Quiet Man (1952) Rated NR

John Wayne hangs up his spurs to star as bachelor ex-boxer Sean Thornton in this endearing classic. Back in his native Ireland, the Duke’s thoughts turn to domestic tranquility after courting the lovely Mary Kate. But her brother may need to have some common sense knocked into him — literally — before the deal is done.

Synopsis by Netflix.

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2 Responses to St. Patrick’s Day Films 2011

  1. kevinjfisher says:

    not St Patricks day related, but another Irish movie to see is In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day-Lewis. great film.

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