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Evelyn (2002)

PG | | Drama | 25 December 2002 (USA)
1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »

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Niall Beagan ...
Hugh McDonagh ...
Maurice Doyle (as Hugh Macdonagh)
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Mairead Devlin ...
Charlotte Doyle
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Claire Mullan ...
Mrs. Daisley
Alvaro Lucchesi ...
Garrett Keogh ...
Daithi O'Suilleabhain ...
Brother Eustace (as Daithi O'Suillebhain)
Andrea Irvine ...
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Sister Theresa
Karen Ardiff ...
Sister Felicity
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Father O'Malley
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1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot, and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Irish courts put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that he'll get his children back after he gets a job, he learns there's another barrier. During that time, Evelyn suffers abuse, while Desmond goes to court to get his children back. A barmaid, her brother, her suitor, and a tippling footballer become Desmond's team.

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The story of a father's love that changed a nation

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Drama

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Rated PG for thematic material and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2002 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$65,344 (USA) (15 December 2002)

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$1,483,975 (USA) (4 May 2003)
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Trivia

Evelyn's mother is said to have gone to Australia with her lover, but in reality, she went to England and ended up raising another family there. The real Evelyn Doyle eventually saw her mother on more than one occasion, but they never reconciled. See more »

Goofs

When the man from SPCC was speaking with Doyle, a woman behind Doyle hung the same pair of pants on the line twice. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dermot Doyle: Evelyn, did Jesus have a big sister?
Evelyn Doyle: No Dermot, he wasn't as lucky as you.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the residents of Whelen and O'Rahilly houses. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #22.7 (2005) See more »

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On the Banks of the Roses
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Performed by Pierce Brosnan
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Great Performance by Brosnan
3 July 2004 | by (Springfield, VA) – See all my reviews

After years of seeing Pierce Brosnan play roles depicting him as the suave ladies man, I was skeptical when we picked this up in the video store and read the premise. I am not a Bond fan and I always considered Brosnan a lightweight actor.

Much to my surprise, Brosnan was dead on in his portrayal of an uncultured, heavy-drinking but loving father, who has his children taken away. It was obvious that he was very passionate about the role, and seemed to be on a mission to prove his mettle as a serious actor.

This is a very atypical movie, not really fitting into any of the usual, predictable genres. It has its funny moments, but it is mostly sobering and heart-wrenching. Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies (formerly of ER) and the little girl who plays Evelyn head an impressive supporting cast.

Those who require explosions and car chases need not bother with this one, but if you enjoy an intelligent, touching human drama, you will be in for an unexpected treat.


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