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Falling for a Dancer

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh , Dermot Crowley , Richard Standeven    VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Starring Hollywood hot property Colin Farrell (The Recruit, Phone Booth, Daredevil, Minority Report) and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Murphy’s Law, Bertie and Elizabeth, Unfinished Business) Falling For a Dancer is a story of forbidden love and longing. Based on the best-selling novel by Deirdre Purcell, Falling For a Dancer also stars Liam Cunningham and Dermot Leary. Set in the breathtakingly beautiful and strictly traditional Ireland of the 1940s, Falling For a Dancer is about the attractive and sensitive Elizabeth Sullivan (Elisabeth Dermot-Walsh). The story begins when nineteen-year-old Elisabeth becomes pregnant after a brief affair with a dashing actor. Shamed, she is forced to marry Neeley Scollard (Dermot Crowley), a widower with a large family who lives in the remote Beara Peninsula. Elizabeth has to come to terms with motherhood, her brutish husband, her mysterious neighbour Mossie Sheehan (Liam Cunningham), her stepchildren and the harsh realities of a rural existence. When a carefree moment at a village dance leads to a violent death, a chain of events is unleashed that will change Elizabeth’s life forever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling For A Dancer Dec 10 2003
By A Customer
Unlike most of the other reviewer's, my reasons for watching this movie where not based upon the fact that Colin Farrell is one of the actors. I know that he's a very good actor, but I'm really not a fan. Anyway if you're hoping that he's a main characture, sorry, but his part is one of the smaller roles. I first read about this movie, while I was browsing here, at Amazon.com, having read all of the positive reviews (and a few not so positive reviews), I bought it on DVD, and was not disapointed. In my opinion, this is a wonderful minniseries/movie. The actors and actresses all did beautiful jobs portraying their charactures. However, I must say that the performance of Liam Cunningham as Mossie Sheenan seemed to me, the most poignant. The rest of the cast, Elizabeth Dermot-Walsh (Elizabeth), Dermot Crowley (Neely), Colin Ferrall (Danny) and the rest of the cast were all wonderful. I won't bother writting about the plot of the movie, sesne the other reviewers have done such a great job in doing so. Although I will say that the ending, while bittersweet, is beautiful, and exactly what I wished for it to be. I highly recomend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling for This Movie and Colin Farrell Sept. 7 2002
This film was heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The heroine Elizabeth is as beautiful an actress as they come. Mossie who has always loved her since the day he saw her on her wedding day to Neely, a much older abusive man she doesn't love but marries rather than give her unborn child by an actor up for adoption. She is faced with his children whom she has grown to love as her own. At a dance her sexually is aroused by the handsome young Danny played by the dashing Dubliner Colin Farrell. Tragedy follows because of this flirtation and when the handsome Danny asked her to run off with him to America she says no. This is the only part of the movie for a moment I stared at in disbelief. If someone as handsome as Colin Farrell asked you to run off with him, honey this Grandma would set the record for packing. I realized the one man who has always loved her Mossie will find his voice and tell her. Liam Cunningham is terrific as Mossie and does a beautiful job with at what seems as unrequited love. for Elizabeth.I purchased this DVD because of Colin Farrell but this delectable chocolate of a movie had a wondeful surprise inside. It is a really a great film. Candace Serviss
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking, fulfilling and beautiful! April 24 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The film is an investment in time and in the characters here. And what characters - all richly drawn! Elizabeth - strong yet vulnerable and so very unhappy. But determined to make her life work as best she can given the limitations of life for women (not to mention unwed pregnant girls)in 1930's Ireland. Mossie Sheehan, played so heartbreakingly beautifully by Liam Cunningham, will make you want to weep. He falls for Elizabeth immediately, but cannot act on it. Her parents have married her to his estranged cousin Neely (they feud over land) an older widower far from a good and loving husband or father. Her step children - particularly Katie who is doomed to repeat Elizabeth's mistakes - who come to love and respect her as their mother. Elizabeth longs to experience the things all 25 year old women want. Fun, flirting, passion. And she gets it with Daniel McCarthy a boy Katie's age who tragically decides that he is in love with Elizabeth. Mayhem and death ensue. When Mossie finally declares his true feelings to Elizabeth you just want to cry. He's so beautifully sweet! Yes, make the investment. It is a sometimes dark, sometimes unpleasant, but honest look at rural life. But there is a definite pay-off in the end. My only complaint is with the last line in the film. Too corny by half!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lives changed forever Feb. 14 2001
By Gemma
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Have you ever wondered what life would have been like if a certain event had never occured?
If the bus had never broken down Elizabeth(Beth) would never have met George and her life wouldn't have been changed for the worse. It is the 1930's and Beth is living in Cork with her parents. She is after arriving home from a trip to Dublin with her friend Ida, but she has a deep secret that no one must know - she is pregnant and has only two choices- leave home and move into a home run by the nuns for unwed mothers or to marry. After a horrifying visit to the nun-run home Beth solomly decides to marry. The match is made for her, she is to marry a recently bereaved man named Neeley Scollard. After a quiet ceremony, Beth is brought home- not to Cork but to her new home in Beara, on the west most tip of Dingle where she is met by her new daughters. Beth has a son whom she calls Francey. Straight away it is obvious that Neeley ia strict man- all of his family fear him. Neeley's cousin Mossie (Liam Cunningham) is a decent type of person but Neeley maintains that Mossie is a land-grabber and that he and his family are to have nothing to do with him. After a dance, Neeley losses his temper and hurts Francey. That night, while Beth is in Cork with Francey, there is a death in Beara and the main suspect is a young man called Danny Mc Carthy. Beth can't decide whether she wants to stay in Beara or move back home to Cork with her family. Mossie trys to win her heart but....... You don't think that I'm going to tell you the whole story? If I did, where's the point in watching this story.
The movie is based on the best selling novel by Deirdre Purcell. It manages to pull you into the story and into the lives of each of the characters. I really enjoyed this movie - I have seen it so many times that I almost know it off by heart. I hope that if you chose to watch it, you will enjoy this movie. Go neiri an bothar leat. (good luck- may the road rise with you)
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3.0 out of 5 stars BEARA, not Dingle!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but what the heck was Beth thinking???
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Published on May 18 2003 by Merrie E. Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling for a Dancer
This the first time I have ever given a movie 5 stars. This one truly mezmorized me. It is dark and forebodding, yet it has its moments and the ending is somewhat surprising. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001 by Michael J. Burton
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