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Strumpet City [DVD] [1980]

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, Peter Ustinov, Cyril Cusack, Edward Byrne, Denys Hawthorne
  • Directors: Tony Barry
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 359 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFO1I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Peter O'Toole, Peter Ustinov and Cyril Cusack star in this saga of 1900s Dublin life, adapted from the novels of James Plunkett. Jim Larkin (O'Toole) arrives in Dublin during one of its most turbulent eras to organise the unions and get a fair deal for the working man in a time of widespread poverty and destitution. Larkin, nicknamed 'Big Jim', founded the Worker's Union of Ireland and became best-known for his role in the Dublin Lockout of 1913 after employees were threatened with losing their jobs if they refused to sign a pledge not to join a union or engage in any sympathetic strikes.

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Watched this when it was on TV in the 80's, was reminded about it, so had to check it out again. If you want to know what it was like back in the day in Ireland, you will enjoy both the drama and humour.
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This is a superb film based around foundry workers affected by the Dublin lock-out. I read the book some years ago and was surprised at the quality of the film version. The humanity and dignity of these hardworking people living in poverty throws into sharp relief the greed and lack of empathy of the factory owners. The role of the catholic church which successfully prevented the workers sending off their children to families in Liverpool who had offered to look after them during the lock-out is also exposed. Jim Larkin, played by Peter O'Toole, shows what a force a good union leader can be. Excellent performances, though if you blink you will missStrumpet City [DVD] [1980] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] Peter Ustinov who plays a cameo role as the king.
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I grew up in Dublin the forties/Fifties and I had no problem relating to the Dublin of the earlier period in this excellent presentation of the book of the same title.
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This is the RTE series complete with 6 hours playing time. It is a faithful rendition of the excellent book of the same name. The production quality is high, and the character actors are well played and involving. It is played a bit theatrically which suits it well. If you've ever watched a Catherine Cookson adaptation on TV its that kind of quality and attention to detail. The late David Kelly is the scene stealer as 'Rashers' an almost destitute elderly man and the whole exercise is full of melodrama, passion and a very affectionate portrayal of the working class of Dublin City of the period(1913) The strange thing is the decision to play some of the characters with an English accent; not just the Protestant upper class(who would have had Irish accents) but some of the Catholics too! Even the young priest is played with an English accent which is almost laughable! One of the best series I have ever seen and am sorry to have finished it! Bargain!
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This DVD is based on James Plunkett's iconic novel of the disparity between rich and poor in the Dublin of the early 20th. century. The screenplay is wonderfully adpated by the late Hugh (Jack) Leonard which captures the essence of the book which covers the period 1907 through to 1913, culminating in the great labour struggle led by Big Jim Larkin. In that year the teeming masses of the Dublin working class took on the might and wealth of Dublin's employer class, duly backed by the Royal Irish Constabulary.

The story unfurls with the arival in Kingstown now re-named Dun Laoghaire of King Edward V11 and follows the lives of a dozen or so characters. These range from the well-to-do Bradshaws to their servants Miss Gillchrist(who experienced the Great Famine of the 1840's and courted a young Fenian)to her young apprentice Mary who loses her position through 'company keeping' for which she is cruelly dismissed! The story follows Mary and Fitz, her trade unioin activist husband as they settle in to a troubled life in the tenements of Dublin.

Written about Dublin just a few years after Joyce's Bloomsday, the city's streets and bridges are recaptured as they play host to the poverty, community spirit and working class struggles of the period. The conflicting roles of the Catholic Church are disclosed through the characters of the three priests in the inner city St. Bridget's parish. The parish boilerman, Rashers and his faithful canine companion, Rusty occupy the basement of Mary and Fitz's tenement, which has the grandiose title of Chandler Court.

Rashers earns the title of 'Bard of the Revolution' from the romantic Pat Bannister for his compositions in support of the Larkinites.
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WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS THAT OTHERS HAVENT SAID ALREADY EXCEPT THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO LOOK HARD TO FIND PETER USTINOV IN THIS MINI SERIES , I THINK HE GOES BY WAVING AT THE BEGINNING OF IT AND THATS IT. AND YET HE IS PUT UP AS ONE OF THE MAIN STARS. ADVERTISE THE WEALTH OF IRISH TALENT THAT WENT TO MAKE THIS A WONDERFUL AND TOUCHING EXPERIENCE
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I first saw this when it was shown during the early days of Channel Four. Some stand out performances - Peter O'Toole (very briefly) from a boat; Cyril Cusack superb as the embittered, bullying priest. The star of the show was undoubtedly the late and very great David Kelly. May he rest in peace.
A very poignant series which superbly encapsulates the life and politics of Dublin in the years before the Rising. It's not often that a production based on a book is as good as this.
Highly recommended
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The quality of the film is good, no problem with that, and I had seen the film years ago and had enjoyed it.
The 3 stars are due to this film not having subtitles for the deaf, so I could not follow the dialogue, so, if like me, you need the subtitles then do not waste your money on this item.
There is no indication on the item description that it lacks subtitles...again!!!!!.
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