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    Default Best and worst Irish themed movies ever

    With what I reckon is the best Irish film of all time on the box tonight (RTE 2, 9 pm), what do you think are the best and worst Irish movies ever? These are my picks.
    BEST
    The Committments (1991)
    The Dead (1987)
    Ryan's Daughter (1970)
    The Crying Game (1992)
    My Left Foot (1989)

    WORST
    Far and Away (1992) ('Shannon You're a corker', also the least convincing ending ever)
    Michael Collins (1996) (Pushed the boat out too far in terms of the facts)
    Finian's Rainbow (1968) (Tasteless and subliminally racist)
    Angela's Ashes (1999) (Glosses over grim bits in the narrative)
    The Butcher Boy (1997) (Just miserable)

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    The Committments is rubbish. It has dated very, very badly.

    The Jackal, with Richard Gere as the Provo is a phenomenon of sh1teness.
    'They're not after the Presidant, their after the first Lady'.

    Breakfast on Pluto is also rubbish, the only good bit being Colm Meaney in his wombles suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meriwether
    The Jackal, with Richard Gere as the Provo is a phenomenon of sh1teness.
    Provos aren't on the whole sympathetically portrayed in movies. Blown Away is another case in point.The defining moment for the film was when Tommy Lee Jones (a candidate for the worst Oirish accent ever) is on the phone, jumping up and down on the bed. It's as if the director said "OK, this character is crazy, so show it......uh, bounce on the bed."

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    Quote Originally Posted by meriwether
    The Committments is rubbish. It has dated very, very badly.


    as one of them might say - it has in it's hole!

    And "The Van" sums up Summer 1990 perfectly while we're at it
    We need to radically change every system that has enabled the wholesale destruction of the Irish landscape, rural and urban. There is no time for incremental step by step measures. The systems have failed utterly and the only hope for a real recovery requires the rule book to be torn up completely.

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    The Butcher Boy was a great adaptation of a great book. Very funny. Angela's Ashes was sh*te but not because it underplayed the misery, but because it overdid it. Watch the film again if you can stand it and you'll see that it almost never stops raining!

    Nothing too wrong with Michael Collins either. Very few 'historical' films are strictly historically accurate. If MC has beenhistorically accurate it would have been about 10 hours long.

    Adam and Paul is one of the best Irish movies in years, along with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

    The best Oirish film ever though is Darby O'Gill and the Little People with Sean Connery. Should be compulsory viewing every Paddy's Day.

    'It would actually give me the greatest of pleasure watching non-compliant taxpayers going to jail. That's the kind of person I am.' Bertie Ahern, 1993.

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    The Butcher Boy is the greatest Irish movie ever made...

    Good ----- The Informer, Odd Man Out, The Quiet Man, Ryan's Daughter, The Dead, My Left Foot, The Field, The Committments, Michael Collins, The Snapper, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Adam And Paul..

    The Worst- High Spirits, With or Without You or Far And Away

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    Quote Originally Posted by MookieBaylock
    The Butcher Boy is the greatest Irish movie ever made...

    Good ----- The Informer, Odd Man Out, The Quiet Man, Ryan's Daughter, The Dead, My Left Foot, The Field, The Committments, Michael Collins, The Snapper, The Butcher Boy, The Crying Game, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Adam And Paul..

    The Worst- High Spirits, With or Without You or Far And Away
    I agree The Crying Game is the best of Neil Jordan's comedies, though I think High Spirits is underrated and has its own special, manic, charm.

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    directed by peter o'toole by all accounts, he took over the set..

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    Into the West was an appalling Oirish film.
    Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman … or a bad woman.
    –George Burns

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    nice for kids..

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