Search - Strumpet City on DVD


Strumpet City
Strumpet City
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
NR     2007     6hr 0min

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 »

     
1

Larger Image

Movie Details

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
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Studio: Acorn Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/20/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1980
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1980
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 6hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

Similar Movies

The Last Station
Director: Michael Hoffman
   R   2010   1hr 52min
Svengali
Director: Anthony Harvey
4
   NR   2005   1hr 36min
   
The Dead
Director: John Huston
2
   PG   2009   1hr 23min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Vanity Fair
A&E, 1998
   NR   2003   5hr 0min
   
The Wild
   G   2006   1hr 34min
   
The Good German
Director: Steven Soderbergh
   R   2007   1hr 45min
   
Warning from Space
Director: Koji Shima
   UR   2003   1hr 27min
   
The Vector File
Director: Eliot Christopher
8
   R   2004   1hr 32min
   
 

Movie Reviews

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."