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Director  Pat OConnor
Music director  Mark Knopfler
Language  English
6.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, Thriller, Romance
Screenplay  Bernard MacLaverty
Country  Ireland
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Release date  24 August 1984 (1984-08-24) (USA)5 October 1984 (1984-10-05) (Ireland)
Based on  Cal by Bernard MacLaverty
Writer  Bernard MacLaverty (novel), Bernard MacLaverty (screenplay)
Cast  John Lynch (Cal), Helen Mirren (Marcella), Donal McCann (Shamie), Ray McAnally (Cyril Dunlop), John Kavanagh (Skeffington), J.J. Murphy (Man in Library)
Similar movies  Helen Mirren and John Lynch appear in Cal and Some Mothers Son

Cal 1984

Cal is a 1984 Irish drama film directed by Pat O'Connor and starring John Lynch and Helen Mirren. Based on the novella Cal written by Bernard MacLaverty who also wrote the script, the film was entered into the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, where Mirren won the award for Best Actress.


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Cal (John Lynch) is a young Catholic member of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1970s Northern Ireland. He is used as a driver on a nighttime murder of a member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). The murder takes place at the victim's home in view of his family. The victim's dying words are a call for his wife, Marcella.

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One year later, Cal learns that the victim's widow is a librarian, Marcella (Helen Mirren), a Catholic woman. Burdened with guilt over his role in the murder, Cal tries to leave the IRA, but is pressured to remain a member. He and his father live in the city, where they are threatened with loyalist gangs and Orange Order marches on their street. Wishing to atone in some way for assisting in the murder of Marcella's husband, Cal seeks work in her family's Protestant home. Initially he works as a hand on their farm, and later moves into a small cottage on their land. Marcella is not happy in her home, feeling trapped by her deceased husband's family. Over time, Cal and Marcella begin a love affair—with Marcella unaware of Cal's role in her husband's death.

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Eventually, Cal is found by his IRA unit and is threatened with murder if he does not continue working as a driver. While he is Christmas shopping for Marcella and her child, he is abducted by the IRA. The car is stopped by a British Army checkpoint. In the ensuing gunfire, Cal escapes and makes his way to Marcella's home, where he confesses his role in the murder. Cal is pursued to the house by the RUC, and in the film's final scene both Cal and Marcella are seen in their respective "prisons"—Cal on his way to prison in a police van, and Marcella on her way back to her in-laws' home.


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  • Helen Mirren as Marcella
  • John Lynch as Cal
  • Donal McCann as Shamie
  • Ray McAnally as Cyril Dunlop
  • John Kavanagh as Skeffington
  • Stevan Rimkus as Crilly
  • Catherine Gibson as Mrs Morton
  • Louis Rolston as Dermot Ryan
  • Tom Hickey as Preacher
  • Gerard Mannix Flynn as Arty
  • Seamus Forde as Mr Morton
  • Edward Byrne as Skeffington Sr
  • J. J. Murphy as Man in Library
  • Audrey Johnson as Luc
  • Brian Munn as Robert Morton
  • Reception

    Cal (1984 film) Cal Movie Review Film Summary 1984 Roger Ebert

    As of 16 March 2011, the aggregate review website Rotten Tomatoes has recorded 91% positive response based on 11 reviews.


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