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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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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Hard land, tough circumstances, real people. This is a movie to watch with a mug of tea and a box of kleenex. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2009 by Dave and Joe
First of all, I want to say that this movie was shot on the Beara peninsula in southwestern Ireland, not anywhere near Dingle, which is miles and miles away. How do I know that? Read morePublished on July 6 2003 by Margaret M. Duffy
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. Read more
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... Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by Merrie E. Gabriel
This is a nice story with lots of dramatic scenery but it is full of inconsistencies that really ruin the movie. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2002
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... Read morePublished on April 25 2002 by Connie Wong
set in the craggy, unforgiving mountains of Ireland, buy this movie. You won't be disappointed. The characters are superbly cast and the dialogue, once you've tuned your ear to... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2002
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2001 by Michael J. Burton