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Actor: Peter O'Toole; Peter Ustinov; Denys Hawthorne; Don Foley; Cyril Cusack; Ruth Hegarty; Mairin D. O'Sullivan; Angela Harding; Donal Farmer; Brendan Cauldwell; Tom Irwin; Eileen Murphy; Bryan Murray; Laurie Morton; David Kelly; Vinnie McCabe; Pat Laffan; Don
Director: Tony Barry (II)
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
A panoramic saga of Dublin life during one of its most turbulent eras From the drawing rooms of the bourgeoisie, where the well-to-do clung to Victorian notions of class and privilege, to the miseries of the tenements, whe... more »
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Strumpet City Strikes a Hit
Music Lover | Wakeman, Ohio | 10/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strumpet City takes the viewer on a journey through the lives of some interesting Irish people in a time of great turmoil. I found it hard to pause the film, I had to just keep watching."
IRISH HISTORICAL FICTION FILMED TO NEAR PERFECTION
Harold Wolf | Wells, IN United States | 09/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Strumpet City brings to life the conditions of early 2oth Century in what was yet British controlled Ireland. There's no blarney to the revelations of the working-class living conditions. This story follows the lives of a country lass, Mary (Angela Harding) and new husband, Jimmy "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (Bryan Murray). Fitz joins and supports the union fully, in an attempt to improve foundry-worker site conditions. And Jim Larkin (Peter O'Toole) arrives in Dublin to help organize strikers.
Fr. Giffley (Cyril Cusack) the aging parish head with a drinking problem, gets a new recruit in Fr. O'Connor (Frank Grimes) who feels a call to help the poor, but favors association with "the quality." Fr. Giffley doubts his sincerity and treats him poorly, causing more unrest in the parish community.
In the same shoddy, crowded tenement in Chandler's Court where Mary and Fitz rents #3, abides a basement occupier named Rashers Tierney (masterfully played by David Kelly). Rashers steals the show. What a mangy, shabby, but loveable character. Seven alternate episodes could be written about Rasher's life. Rashers inadvertently gets involved in the strike rioting activity as well as the drama between the church leaders.
Peter Ustinov fans will enjoy seeing him portray King Edward VII in the first episode. View "Edward the King" for a delightful companion historical drama about this period of time in the UK. It's also 5-star.
Praise times five for Strumpet City! Kudos includes the period scenery as well as costumes, the Irish accents (begor, which could have used captioning in a couple places), quality cast, and a fantastic story taken from the novel by James Plunkett. The picturesque film sets almost make one think that slum squalor is acceptable. The worst part of this DVD set is having to stop between the seven episodes which totals six hours (the length of 4 normal movies.) That makes the cost a value.
As Rashers would say: 'Tis the luck o' da lads and lassies t'at can view da full story in one sittin'. 'Tis like a pot o' fairy gold. It's da gosh-truth, no blarney."
Outstanding TV series with world class performances.
nollaig | United States | 10/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this when it was first broadcast back in 1980 by RTE. I was younger then but the show had such a profound effect on me that it stayed with me as the years passed by. A number of years ago I found a used edition of the book on Amazon and relived the memories - only more so. Strumpet City is, in my opinion, one of the most underrated of Irish books. Beautifully written with an abundance of pathos and joy amidst the misery, the book has been reprinted and is available on Amazon. You will search far to find a better read.
The television adaptation was by Hugh Leonard who maintained the integrity of Plunkett's work. The performances are collectively superb with nary a nod to "drama". This series was a major undertaking for RTE at the time and it is clear that the entire cast were committed to making it work. A supporting role by Peter O'Toole only adds panache to the quality but it is the ensemble that shines throughout.
This is perhaps, one of the finest examples of television adaptation to be found. Do yourself a favor and see it."