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Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard, Tara MacGowran
Director: Robert Knights
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. Release Date: 12/16/2003 Run time: 97 minutes Rating: Nr
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Rumours of war...
R. Kyle | USA | 04/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
""The Dawning" is set in 1920's Ireland and the beginning of what is referred to as 'the troubles' or their war with England for independence.
Nancy (Rebecca Pidgeon) has just turned 18 and is getting ready to go off to university. She discovers "Cassius" (Hopkins) in an abandoned beach hut she'd claimed as her own.
Cassius tells her up front he's a dangerous man, but Nancy doesn't fear much. Orphaned at birth, she's lived well but on her own most of her life.
When he entrusts her with a mission, Nancy accepts and takes a message. 12 English soldiers are killed as a result.
The movie explores Irish times and politics after WWI and the dawning of the IRA. It's a slow film, but often the dawn does break slowly. Very well acted on Hopkins and Pidgeon's parts.
Rebecca Kyle, April 2009"