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Evelyn [DVD] [2003]

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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Sophie Vavasseur, Niall Beagan
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: Paul Pender
  • Producers: Beau St. Clair, Cynthia A. Palormo, Eberhard Kayser, Kevan Barker, Kieran Corrigan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AE793
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,688 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Based on true events, Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan, Die Another Day) and his young children, Evelyn (introducing Sophie Vavasseur), Maurice and Dermot. Abandoned by his wife, Doyle does his best to make it as a single dad, raising his kids alone in Ireland. Their life isn’t easy and when his wife’s mother reports her daughter’s abandonment to the authorities, the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them in orphanages. Doyle is devastated.

Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of new friend Bernadette Beattie (Julianna Margulies, E.R.), her solicitor brother Michael (Stephen Rea, The End of the Affair), their American lawyer friend Nick (Aidan Quinn, Michael Collins) and Nick’s mentor Tom Connolly (Alan Bates, Sum of all Fears). Together they attempt to do what has never been done before – challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle’s fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to the strength of a father’s love and the power of the human spirit.

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Evelyn sees Pierce Brosnan return to his native Ireland for a lightweight drama set in early 1950s Dublin. He plays the working-class Desmond Doyle, whose children, including the titular Evelyn, are taken into the unwanted care of the Catholic church when his wife leaves him. Doyle challenges the might of Church and State in the courts, and in the process threatens to change Ireland's legal system itself. The story is predictable, especially given that it's based on real events, but is expertly told by director Bruce Beresford, a past master with tales of determination in the face of adversity--Paradise Road (1997)--and in chronicling the Catholic Church--Black Robe (1991).

There are fine performances from Brosnan, Sophie Vavasseur as Evelyn, and Julianna Margulies, who shines in a cast that also features strong support from Alan Bates, Stephen Rea and Aidan Quinn. Evelyn is a heart-warming drama with barely a feel-good cliché left unturned, which may find its natural home on Christmas Day television as an alternative to the Bond movie on the other side. Consider it a gentle cousin to Angela's Ashes (1999); those seeking more caustic fare on a similar theme would do well to visit The Magdalene Sisters (2002).

On the DVD: Evelyn is presented with a short (21 min), thoughtful making-of featurette. There are good, highly informative commentaries by Bruce Beresford, and by producer Beau St Clair with Pierce Brosnan, in which the superstar reveals how seriously he took this low-budget film, and how much it meant to him. The original spoiler-filled trailer is also included. The film itself is anamorphically enhanced at the original 2.35:1 in a flawless transfer from a virtually perfect print. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is a model of clarity that appropriately doesn't draw attention to itself. --Gary S Dalkin


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