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Dancing at Lughnasa (film)

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Director  Pat OConnor
Initial DVD release  June 15, 1999
Country  Ireland United Kingdom United States
6.3/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Music director  Bill Whelan
Language  English
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Writer  Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness
Release date  13 November 1998 (1998-11-13)
Cast  Meryl Streep (Kate Mundy), Catherine McCormack (Christina 'Chrissy' Mundy), Brid Brennan (Agnes 'Aggie' Mundy), Kathy Burke (Margaret 'Maggie' Mundy), Sophie Thompson (Rose 'Rosie' Mundy), Michael Gambon (Father Jack Mundy)
Similar movies  Toy Story, The Conjuring, Looper, Pinocchio, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Purge: Anarchy
Tagline  Five sisters embrace the spirit of a people.

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Dancing at Lughnasa is a 1998 Irish-British-American period drama film adapted from the Brian Friel play of the same title, directed by Pat O'Connor.


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The movie competed in the Venice Film Festival of 1998. It won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Female Role by Brid Brennan. It was also nominated for 6 other awards, including the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Feature Film and the Best Actress Award for Meryl Streep.

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Cast and characters

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  • Meryl Streep – Kate Mundy
  • Michael Gambon – Father Jack Mundy
  • Catherine McCormack – Christina Mundy
  • Kathy Burke – Maggie Mundy
  • Sophie Thompson – Rose Mundy
  • Bríd Brennan – Agnes Mundy
  • Rhys Ifans – Gerry Evans
  • Darrell Johnston – Michael Mundy
  • Lorcan Cranitch – Danny Bradley
  • Peter Gowen – Austin Morgan
  • Dawn Bradfield – Sophie McLoughlin
  • Marie Mullen – Vera McLoughlin
  • John Kavanagh – Father Carlin
  • Kate O'Toole – Chemist
  • Reception and awards

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    Although the film received average reviews (65% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes), most critics praised the performances of the entire cast. Janet Maslin, critic of the New York Times said that "Meryl Streep has made many a grand acting gesture in her career, but the way she simply peers out a window in Dancing at Lughnasa ranks with the best. Everything the viewer need know about Kate Mundy, the woman she plays here, is written on that prim, lonely face and its flabbergasted gaze." Peter Travis of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that "a luminous cast reveals long-buried feelings. Meryl Streep finds the expansive soul behind prim schoolteacher Kate. And she is matched by Kathy Burke's bawdy Maggie, Brid Brennan's secretive Agnes, Sophie Thompson's slow-witted Rose and Catherine McCormack's bold Christina, who never married the father of her son." Darrell Johnston, the youngest of the cast was also nominated for a best young actor in a supporting role. A crowning achievement given this was his first real introduction to a Hollywood screen.

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    Kathy Burke received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Drama from the International Press Academy (Satellite Awards).

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    A display of mementos from the filming is on display at the St. Connell's Museum in Glenties.

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