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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 Just One Dance Aug. 16 2009
By Dave and Joe TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Hard land, tough circumstances, real people. This is a movie to watch with a mug of tea and a box of kleenex. It's impossible not to be swept into the story of a woman, repeatedly knocked down, but who manages NOT to be a victim. A slow and gentle love story - the best kind. Wonderful performances, terrific casting, wonderful viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling For A Dancer Dec 10 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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 SECOND ONLY TO GONE WITH THE WIND. June 16 2003
Format:DVD
FALLING FOR A DANCER IS THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN SINCE GONE WITH THE WIND.IT HAS EVERYTHING, MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IS
MOSHA, BUT MY MOST PITIFUL CHARACTER IS NEELEY. ONE CAN FEEL THE LOVE HE HAS FOR ELIZABETH,BUT DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO SHOW HER TENDERNESS. DANIEL LET HER FEEL THE PASSION SHE HAD LONGED FOR,
BUT IT BACK-FIRED ON THEM. MOSHA IS WONDERFUL , BUT I THINK THEY MADE HIM LOOK TOO MUCH LIKE A STALKER. FABULOUS MOVIE!!!
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Format:DVD
As you might have guessed, I rented this movie solely for the chance to see young Colin Farrell, he is in his early 20's when this Irish, made for TV 3 and 1/2 hour miniseries was made, and he plays a young lad of 19 who falls in love with a woman who because of an unexpected pregnancy is sent to marry a 40 year old widower at the age of 19. This movie has almost all aspects of both the good and bad of life, love, hate, rape, hope, murder, tragic accidents, everything. It's well worth seeing for all the performances, not just Colin Farre's, although he did do an excellent job.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it could be! Sept. 27 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a nice story with lots of dramatic scenery but it is full of inconsistencies that really ruin the movie. The main character's hair is short, then in scenes that happen a day or two later it is very long, then the next day it is short again. When one person gets buried in the graveyard, it is located downhill by the water. When another person gets buried in the same graveyard, it is up on top of a hill. It is very hard to concentrate on the plot, characters, etc. when this is happening all the time. But two stars for being a good story and having nice scenary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Falling for This Movie and Colin Farrell Sept. 8 2002
Format:DVD
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 A Beautiful Love Story April 25 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I fell in love with this movie. The main characters have such depth that when this story finally comes to an end, you feel compelled to read the book just to gather a particle more. I ordered the VHS and the book. The romantic tension between the Mossie and Beth always seems to linger; but is kept just out of reach and as a horse being kept moving by the proverbial carrot one can not help but to keep watching and hoping that the two will get together. Beth's relationship with her step children is cast in such a growing and loving light that it is poetry in motion to watch. I give this movie the hightest rating and I hope that you will watch it while fully awake, as it takes a bit of concentration to get into...but the rewards are well worth it.
Just the beautiful Dingle, Irish scenery alone is reason enough to watch. It is a glorious movie!
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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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