- Actors: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Dermot Crowley, Liam Cunningham, Rory Murray, Maureen O'Brien
- Directors: Richard Standeven
- Writers: Deirdre Purcell
- Producers: Jonathan Curling, Peter Norris, Robert Cooper
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of tapes: 1
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004CX5J
Starring Hollywood hot property Colin Farrell (The Recruit, Phone Booth, Daredevil, Minority Report) and Elisabeth Dermot Walsh (Murphys 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 Elizabeths life forever.
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That said I found this movie to be a very run-of-the-mill romantic melodrama in, what must be for most viewers, an exoctic locale. Some of the acting was good, some was dreadful. The best job was done by Liam Cunningham in the role of Mossie Sheehan. I found his portrayal of the silently yearning and misunderstood neighbor to be quite wonderful. And, he captured the rather difficult Beara accent beautifully. Most of the other actors are adequate, though no more. I found the heroine, played by Elizabeth Dermot-Walsh, to be barely believable in her role. Some of the plot is so inconsistent as to really puzzle.
And the saddest thing about this movie is the use made of some of the most glorious scenery this world has to offer. Beara is a peninsula with a thick spine of mountain, surrounded by the ocean (Bantry Bay to the south, Kenmare Bay to the north). Most of the movie seems to have been shot toward the mountains and in the rain. There are very few scenes shot in good weather and only a few glimpses of the astonishing vista over the ocean (during the burial of Neillie Scholard) and the morning when Beth talks to her daughter about how beautiful the day is. Maybe the shooting schedule took place during a rainy period, but this is a pity.
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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