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The Dawning (1989)

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca Pidgeon, more...
Director: Robert Knights, Robert Knights
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Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, Coming of Age , UK
Running Time: 97 min.
Languages: English
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A young woman in her late teens is caught up in the political unrest of Southern Ireland in the 1920s in this drama that features an excellent cast. Nancy (Rebecca Pidgeon) befriends the pistol packing stranger she dubs Cassius (Anthony Hopkins) while he hides in a beach hut. He talks the naive Nancy into delivering a message to Dublin. There she meets Joe Mulhare (Mark O'Regan) and befriends the recipient of the message. Only when she witnesses the shooting deaths of 12 British officers does she realize the content of the lethal message. After the shootings, Nancy rushes to try and warn Cassius about the military police who are closing in on him. Trevor Howard is the old army officer and grandfather in his last screen role, with Jean Simmons as Aunt Mary. Watch for Hugh Grant as Harry, the stuffed shirt on whom Nancy has a huge crush. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Lovely little Bildungsroman by sailortitan2 November 5, 2006 - 9:34 PM PST
The Dawning is a slow-paced "slice-of-life" style bildungsroman set in Ireland in the 1920's. I was immediately reminded of "The Secret of Roan Inish" in terms of theme, pacing and overall mood; if you're familiar with the former film, expect to see a similar ambiance in "The Dawning." The film moves slowly, with frequent pauses and little score accompaniment; still, as long as you can stomach a movie that takes its time, its certainly not insufferable.

This movie is also moodier and darker than "Roan Inish"; there are less fairies and more guns, and this portrayal of Ireland in the midst of upheaval can be a bit of a downer. But the movie manages not to be stupefyingly sombre, and as long as you're prepared not to watch something cheerful and comedic, it is an excellent film; Anthony Hopkins particularly impresses in his role as Cassius.

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