This is the perfect film for any fans of Richard "The Holy Terror" Harris outside of his "Man called horse" films, or even (gasp) "Orca, killer whale." The plot centres around an Irish community around the turn of the century-ish (20th) in which Bull, played by Harris with an almost tangible impression onto the audience, wants to buy the field that he has been renting for the past years. However, a wealthy American also has plans for the field, which Bull must keep at all costs. A portrait of the place as much as the man this is a film that benefits greatly from good photography and style as well as demanding the best from actors such as Harris, Sean Bean, Tom Berenger and also John Hurt. Harris' character is portrayed as a domineering bully but one who also has his own demons to confront and the film as a whole provides a refreshing change from modern film, not only in it's absense of big bangs and token "motor mouth" so called comedians but also because as a film that relies on character and plot development, it does not fall into the trap of being a "British" film, the picture of course being made during one of the great slumps in the industry. As a result, the picture simply depicts and portrays without revelling in the fact that it is a serious film for serious people, as so many recent British efforts have (e.g. secrets and lies). A real gem, particularly for Harris fans but also for those who can appreciate decent, no nonsense film making.