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The Mighty Celt [2005] [DVD]

Gillian Anderson , Robert Carlyle , Pearse Elliott    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Gillian Anderson, Robert Carlyle, Alison Finnegan, Bernard Manning, Mark McCavanagh
  • Directors: Pearse Elliott
  • Producers: Paddy Breathnach, Paddy McDonald, Robert Walpole
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: In2film
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IB0K7E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,408 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Irish drama, starring Gillian Anderson and Robert Carlyle. Young Donal (Tyrone Mckenna) lives with his single mother Kate (Anderson) in Belfast, and works after school at a greyhound trainer's to help make ends meet. The trainer (played by Ken Stott) agrees to let Donal keep one of the dogs if he can train him to win three successive races. At the same time, a mysterious figure from Kate's past, known only as 'O' (Carlyle) has returned, and as Donal gets closer to O, and as the dog trainer goes back on his deal, the young boy learns some harsh lessons about life.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Donal, a young kid, escapes his own life by working for a greyhound trainer after school. When one of the unsuccessful dogs is condemned, Donal speaks up and manages to persuade his boss to let him try and train it. If the dog wins three races Donal can take the dog as his own... ...The Mighty Celt

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made film with real genuine quality 10 Feb 2008
Format:DVD
Set in modern day Northern Ireland (2005) and revolves around a young
lad (Tyrone McKenna) who works under the watchful eye of Greyhound dog
owner (Ken Stott) in kennels and at racing tracks.

A reasonably straight forward real life drama with no-nonsense
attitude. It might possibly narrow it's audience due to the strong
Irish accent, but this is one of the many important ingredients that
make, what could be a very average film - really good.

Some inspired British style camera work together with a Dub-Celt
soundtrack really give this film it's feel. And it all seems plausible,
but not predictable. What does work particularly well is how each
character and sub plot seem carefully balanced with their own
importance in the storyline, nothing is wasted or filling time.

Natural performances from all the small cast and a surprisingly good
combo of Carlyle & Anderson adds a close personal feel and keeps this
story easy to contain.

If you don't mind a bit of swearing and kids smoking then this film is
great for all ages and generations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grim life of a greyhound 8 May 2006
Format:DVD
This film stars Robert Carlyle of Hamish Macbeth fame and Gillian Anderson (X files fame). It focuses on the life of a young boy Donal (Tyrone Mckenna)who is growing up in the Northern Ireland tensions in Belfast with his mum Kate (Gillian Anderson). Donal looks after the greyhounds of evil trainer good Joe (Ken Stott)

With such an array of fine and accomplished actors it comes as no surprise to see that the characters are realistic and the gritty nature of the subject matter is shown. Andersons Belfast accent was a pleasantly well executed surprise. However on the subject of executions... as an animal lover I was horrifed to see the graphic portrail of violence against the dogs that was sadly necessary to portray the real life cruelty of what goes on in this "sport".

Don't watch this if you are squeemish but this film is good in that it brings home to you the truth about what happens to these poor defenceless creatures.

If you enjoyed Kes, then you will enjoy this. In fact it pretty much is Kes with greyhounds.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not top flight but still worth watching 4 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
I saw this recently when I rented it and was charmed by the story and acting. It is a "feelgood" story but what's wrong with that? Robert Carlisle is particuarly good as is Gillian Anderson who is almost unregonisable as the single mother from Belfast - complete with very credible accent. It makes a change for film to be about ordinary people. Give it a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great acting, distressing movie 3 July 2007
Format:DVD
This movie may seem attractive to greyhound owners or animal lovers in general, but if you're either of those and are upset by scenes of cruelty (even if they are only "suggested") I would not recommend it. The acting performances were excellent, but the story is fairly formulaic with an ending reminiscent of "Kes". That said, if you are a fan of either Ken Stott or Robert Carlyle, or of British drama in general you may well enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mighty extraordinary movie 15 Aug 2009
By Trinity
Format:DVD
This is a must watch movie. It's a movie about finding hope and forgivenness after having suffered great losses. Donal is a lovely open hearted boy who sees people as they really are, and work hard for the things he wants. This is a movie I will see from time to time. Gillian Anderson is brilliant as always.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the mighty celt 20 Mar 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I SEEN THIS FANTASTIC FILM ON TELEVISION A WHILE BACK AND I KNEW IT WAS A MUST TO HAVE. PLEASE GET THIS FILM ITS WORTH 1000 STARS. ITS BASED IN BELFAST AND ITS ABOUT A YOUNG LAD CALLED DONAL WHO WORKS AT A GREYHOUND KENNEL I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL IT FOR ANYONE BUT! TRUST ME GET IT AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE LOVE THIS YOUNG LAD HAS FOR A GREYHOUND HE CALLS 'THE MIGHTY CELT'. 10/10 FOR GILLIAN ANDERSON { X-FILES } KEN STOTT AND SEXY ROBERT CARLYLE FOR GETTING THE NORTHERN IRISH ACCENTS.FAIR PLAY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 9 Sep 2010
By Colin
Format:DVD
Not a well known film but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The acting is top class and the film works on different levels. Buy it!
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