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Evelyn Details


One man takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children in this drama, based on a true story. In 1953, Desmond Doyle ([[Performer~P8836~Pierce Brosnan~piercebrosnan]]) was a house painter and decorator who, despite a strong work ethic, had a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife had grown tired of her marriage and her husband's financial problems, and one day walked away from her home, leaving Desmond to raise their three children on his own. While Desmond struggles to keep body and soul together for his children, his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law, and a court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he's capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him, and when he learns that his daughter, Evelyn ([[Performer~P341528~Sophie Vavasseur~sophievavasseur]]), is having a rough time of it at the hands of several stern nuns, he becomes determined to win their custody in a court of law. Through Bernadette ([[Performer~P45427~Julianna Margulies~juliannamargulies]]), a barmaid who has caught his eye, Desmond meets Michael Beattie ([[Performer~P59079~Stephen Rea~stephenrea]]), a lawyer and Bernadette's brother. While Michael doesn't believe Desmond's case can be won in an Irish court, his partner Nick Barron ([[Performer~P58261~Aidan Quinn~aidanquinn]]), an expatriate American who lost custody of his own children in a divorce proceeding, is eager to help, and they agree to take the case. However, they both realize they're fighting an uphill battle, and so they persuade Thomas Connolly ([[Performer~P4517~Alan Bates~alanbates]]), a former football star who became one of Ireland's most respected barristers, to lend his knowledge and prestige to the case. Leading man [[Performer~P8836~Bronson~piercebrosnan]] also served a co-producer for Evelyn; [[Performer~P81500~Bruce Beresford~bruceberesford]] directed, who previously collaborated with [[Performer~P8836~Pierce Brosnan~piercebrosnan]] on Mister Johnson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 2002


Pierce Brosnan
as Desmond Doyle
Aidan Quinn
as Nick Barron
Julianna Margulies
as Bernadette Beattie
Stephen Rea
as Michael Beattie
Sophie Vavasseur
as Evelyn Doyle
Alan Bates
as Thomas Connolly
Brian McGrath
as Hugh Canning
Alvaro Lucchesi
as Inspector Logan
Hugh Grogan
as Pub Musician
Peter Fowl
as Pub Musician
Frank Kelly
as Henry Doyle
Claire Mullan
as Mrs. Daisley, Charlotte's Mother
Hugh MacDonagh
as Maurice Doyle
Mark Lambert
as Minister of Education
Des Braiden
as Fergal
Karen Ardiff
as Sister Felicity
Andrea Irvine
as Sister Brigid
Sorcha Herlihy
as Mary
John Lynch
as Mr. Wolfe
Conor Evans
as Justice Ferris
Alan Barry
as Justice McLaughlin
Garrett Keogh
as District Judge
Niall Beagan
as Dermot Doyle
Marian Quinn
as Sister Theresa
Gail Fitzpatrick
as Miss Gilhooly
Mick Nolan
as Honest Joe O'Leary
Pat McGrath
as Gamekeeper
Eamon Rohan
as Justice Hall
Luke Hayden
as Irish Times Reporter
Lauren O'Connell
as Lauren
Bill Golding
as Justice Daley
Bosco Hogan
as Father O'Malley
Don Foley
as Justice Lynch


Bruce Beresford
Pierce Brosnan
Michael Ohoven
Beau St. Clair
Paul Pender
André Fleuren
Stephen Endelman
Composer (Music Score)
Stephen Endelman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Humphrey Dixon
John Stoddart
Production Designer
Ian Bailie
Art Director
Paul Pender
Cynthia Palormo
Associate Producer
Mario Ohoven
Executive Producer
Eberhard Kayser
Executive Producer
Kieran Corrigan
Executive Producer
Simon Bosanquet
Executive Producer
Josie MacAvin
Set Designer
Joan Bergin
Costume Designer
Mick Doyle
Special Effects
Stefan Stankowski
Camera Operator
John Hubbard
Amanda J. Scarano
Production Manager
Ros Hubbard
Julie Ankerson
Foley Artist
Maurice Foley
Special Effects Supervisor
Brendan Deasy
Production Sound
Grahame Peters
Foley Editor
Mark Heslop
Supervising Sound Editor
Rob Kolar
Musical Performer
Lyn Johnston
Key Make-up
Gerry Roache
ADR Mixer
Jeanette Haley
Post Production Supervisor
Michelle Cunniffe
ADR Mixer
Cathy Handelman
Production Coordinator
Bronco McLoughlin
Stunts Coordinator
Jean McGrath
ADR Mixer
Kevan Barker
Line Producer
Dermot Crehan
Musical Performer
Simon Harding
Steadicam Operator
John Fewell
Foley Artist
Louis Elman
Voice Casting
Simon Harding
Additional Cinematography
Lee Herrick
Dialogue Editor
Dermot Cleary
Location Manager
Gary McGinty
Richard Pryke
Re-Recording Mixer
Bernadette Dooley
Key Hairstylist
John Hayward
Re-Recording Mixer
Luis Jardim
Musical Performer