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List: Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! Here are five great movies from or set in Ireland to enjoy:

1. The Quiet Man John Wayne plays American Sean Thornton (John Wayne), who returns to in Innisfree, the small, beautiful Irish village where he was born, to buy his family’s old home. He meets fiery Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara), courts her, marries, her, and then really has to win her as both must learn some lessons about intimacy, pride, and trust. Yes, there are some moments that seem sexist but the underlying story is as glorious as the spectacular landscape and as touching as the endearing characters.

2. The Secret of Roan Inish A little Irish girl named Fiona goes to stay with her grandparents and becomes convinced that her baby brother, whose cradle was carried off to sea years before, is alive and being cared for by Selkies, seals who can transform themselves into humans. This is a quiet film, filled with lovely images that convey the magic surrounding anyone who believes in it. It explores themes of loyalty and commitment to family and following your heart.

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3. The Commitments A group of hardscrabble Irish musicians come together to firm an American-style soul band and perform songs like “Mustang Sally” and “Try a Little Tenderness.” Look for future Frames and Once performer Glen Hansard in the group. (Mature material)

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4. Once The best song Oscar went to this bittersweet film about an Irish musician (Glen Hansard) who meets a pianist and singer (Markita Irglova) from the Czech Republic.

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5. Millions The Oscar-winning director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” Danny Boyle, also shows his gift for working with children in “Millions,” the story of a young boy who finds a bag of money.

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And also try: Ballykissangel, the BBC Northern Ireland series about an English priest in an Irish village; Story of Ireland; and The Michael Flatley Collection (Lord of the Dance/Feet of Flames/Michael Flatley Gold)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Guddan

    What i want to say is these kind of great personalities who lived for humanity create faith in God. Otherwise where is God? We can not see Him.. Then why should we believe in God? The answer is the people like St Patrick, Mother Teresa made so much effort for people that people starts believing in God. I can only write one of the beautiful Irish sayings May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane, May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

    • Nell Minow

      A lovely thought, Guddan, thanks.

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