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Gillies MacKinnon directed this charming Irish romance, taking place in a small Irish village in 1957, just before the first television set makes an appearance in this conservative hamlet. There is a scandal in the village concerning the beautiful and independent Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) -- Tara is pregnant and refuses to identify the father. She goes into labor during Sunday Mass, which raises the ire of the parish priest (Alan Devlin), who thinks God will bring bad times down on the village for Tara's effrontery. The priest feels Tara should marry the local town constable, Sgt. Hagerty (Albert Finney), a dyspeptic reformed alcoholic who is in love with Tara. But she doesn't love Hagerty. This becomes particularly clear when a traveling band of actors known as the Playboys come into town. One of the players in the troupe, Tom Casey (Aidan Quinn), is caught by Tara stealing one of her chickens. But it is love at first sight, although it takes a while for their attraction to take root beyond some electric glances. Hagerty sees where the relationship is going and he is determined to undermine the burgeoning affair. Tara is wary and doesn't want to be dependent upon any man, even to the point of smuggling supplies to the Irish Republican Army. When Hagerty hears someone in the village is colluding with the IRA, he suspects Tom and throws him in jail. But Hagerty is a walking time bomb and finally his rage erupts with violent force. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:April 22, 1992


Albert Finney
as Constable Hegarty
Aidan Quinn
as Tom Casey
Robin Wright
as Tara Maguire
Milo O'Shea
as Freddie
Alan Devlin
as Malone
Niamh Cusack
as Brigid
Ian McElhinney
as Cassidy
Stella McCusker
as Rachel
Adrian Dunbar
as Mick
Niall O'Brien
as Police Superintendent
Stephen Holland
as Richie
Michelle Forbes
as Maggie Rudden
Jimmy Keogh
as Liam
Shane Connaughton
as Customs Officer
Lorcan Cranitch
as Ryan/John Joe
P.J. Brady
as McMahon
Doreen Hepburn
as Nualla Rayan
Niall Buggy
as Denzil
Pat Laffan
as Duffy
Tony Rohr
as Kelly
Kilian McKenna
as Sean
Aine Ni Mhuiri
as Mrs. Smith


Gillies MacKinnon
William P. Cartlidge
Simon Perry
Shane Connaughton
Kerry Crabbe
Jack Conroy
Jean-Claude Petit
Composer (Music Score)
Humphrey Dixon
Arden Gantly
Production Designer
Andy Harris
Production Designer
Consolata Boyle
Costume Designer
Pam Dixon