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Rory O'Shea Was Here
Rory O'Shea Was Here
Actors: James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Steven Robertson, Alan King, Brenda Fricker
Director: Damien O'Donnell
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2005     1hr 44min

No Description Available. Genre: Feature Film-Drama Rating: R Release Date: 14-JUN-2005 Media Type: DVD

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Actors: James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Steven Robertson, Alan King, Brenda Fricker
Director: Damien O'Donnell
Creators: Catherine Tiernan, Eric Fellner, James Flynn, Juanita Wilson, Mark Woods, Christian O'Reilly, Jeffrey Caine
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/14/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Timothy B. (bat115) from BAKERSFIELD, CA
Reviewed on 1/25/2014...
This is not your typical Hollywood film treatment of people with disabilities. It is very realistic. What else can I say? It will make you laugh. it will make you cry.
Nina E.
Reviewed on 7/30/2011...
Get this movie. James McAvoy stars in a role've never seen. James is one the the outstanding actors of our time. He is trained at the Scottish Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts...he's got the right pedigree ans he's young enough that I expect he will be with us a long time...this movie will have you laugh very will really cry, and at the end you're going to feel like you just watched one of the best movies you've ever prepared, this is a keeper.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rachel W. from DELANSON, NY
Reviewed on 4/13/2011...
Not your every day run of the mill movie. This is equally a comedy and a drama. The end left me in tears. Good acting...not sure why we havent seen more from these actors.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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"Rory O'Shea" was well worth the wait!
Veggiechiliqueen | 04/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I had been waiting to see this movie for six months, and thanks to the kindness of strangers, a showing was arranged on campus. After months of reading reviews and contenting myself with watching the trailer and assorted clips, I finally had the chance to become acquainted with Rory O'Shea.

"Rory O'Shea Was Here" centers on the lives of two young men trapped in Carrigmore, a Dublin care home "for special people." Lifelong resident Michael Connelly has cerebral palsy, which leaves him with tremors, limited manual dexterity (he is a wheelchair user), and a severe speech impairment. Abandoned by his famous barrister father, quiet, shy Michael is intelligent, but is frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate. He is reduced to pointing at letters on a chart, since his speech comes out as a series of grunts and moans. He has resigned himself to a dull existence at Carrigmore, forced to watch children's cartoons with the other patients.

All of this changes with the arrival of Rory O'Shea, a twenty-year-old punk in a motorized wheelchair, completely paralyzed except for two fingers by advanced Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Rory bursts into placid Carrigmore like an angry whirlwind, all leather, spiked hair, and a nose ring, offering a scathing nonstop commentary. He quickly angers supervisor Eileen (Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot) by blasting Slipknot in the middle of the night, and seeks an accomplice to gel his hair once the nurses are banned to do so.

Quiet, rule-abiding Michael resents the loud, obnoxious Rory, until he discovers that Rory can understand his laboured speech and act as his interpreter. Michael becomes Rory's partner in crime as the two sneak off on a pub crawl during a collection, cementing an unlikely friendship and giving Michael a taste of the world outside. Michael is inspired to apply for an independent living grant so that the two can have their own flat and carer (Rory has been turned down three times for his irresponsibility), on the condition that Rory comes with him to serve as interpreter.

The rest of the film centers on their adjustments to living on their own, and the daily trials and tribulations the two face. They hire Siobhan, a beautiful young woman that they met at a club, as their live-in carer. At first, the threesome share in good times, feasting on delicacies and going for walks in the park, but the two men soon fall for Siobhan, Michael openly and Rory secretly. We are witness to Michael's painful humiliation and Rory's broken heart, hidden by venomous comments and a tough exterior. The growing tension threatens to rip the fabric of their new life apart, but it takes a crisis to show them the meaning of friendship.

Rory and Michael teach us important lessons through the tears and smiles: to accept without pitying, to live every day to its fullest, to not be afraid to take chances. The film walks a delicate line between humor and drama, with plenty of searing one-liners from Rory and more serious reflections on abandonment, fear, and loneliness. By the end of the film, there is no doubt that "Rory O'Shea Was Here."

("Rory O'Shea Was Here" will be released on DVD on June 14, containing trailers, outtakes, and an alternate ending. The film is rated R and contains several sexually suggestive scenes and a good deal of profanity.)
Gorgeous Story From Beginning to Heartbreaking End
Tom O'Leary | Los Angeles, California | 02/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was so much better than I expected. It is a beautifully told story from every aspect---writing, directing and very especially acting. I rented this because James McAvoy is brilliant in The Last King of Scotland. Well, he's brilliant here too! This guy is the real deal. Like Daniel Craig before him, McAvoy just needs a huge juicy part to become an international superstar. For the moment I'm thrilled just with his acting. Oh, and he looks damn good too. Even in a wheelchair. Bravo to one and all."
Emotional ,Exciting, Inspiring and Convincing
' Groovin' guy | 04/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Character Rory O'Shea is a work of art, clever, mischievous and very funny.

a true individual, and a hero on wheels..but a nightmare for the uptight,rigid institutional staff. Letting them know his true opinion of them with his actions more than his words. The scenes between Rory and staff are hysterical !

The compassion this young guy has for fellow lock-up Michael is very touching, although Rory does use Michael to his own advantage,it's definitely a great bond between them.

Performances of James McAvoy and Steven Robertson is masterful. Played so thoughtfully and naturally.

A glimmer in Steven's eyes binds him well to the character he portrays so powerfully.

Lastly the story itself is a great one. It proves that anyone with any kind of limitations should still be allowed all liberties. Amen."