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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | | Drama | 29 August 2003 (USA)
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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

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Peter Mullan

Writer:

Peter Mullan
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geraldine McEwan ... Sister Bridget
Anne-Marie Duff ... Margaret
Nora-Jane Noone ... Bernadette
Dorothy Duffy ... Rose / Patricia
Eileen Walsh ... Crispina
Mary Murray ... Una
Britta Smith Britta Smith ... Katy
Frances Healy Frances Healy ... Sister Jude
Eithne McGuinness Eithne McGuinness ... Sister Clementine
Phyllis MacMahon ... Sister Augusta (as Phyllis McMahon)
Rebecca Walsh Rebecca Walsh ... Josephine
Eamonn Owens ... Eamonn
Chris Patrick-Simpson ... Brendan (as Chris Simpson)
Sean Colgan Sean Colgan ... Seamus
Daniel Costello Daniel Costello ... Father Fitzroy
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A thoroughly mind-provoking film about 3 young women who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women in 1964. One of many like institutions, the asylums are run like prisons and young girls are forced to do workhouse laundry and hard labor. The asylum, one of many that existed in theocratic Catholic Ireland, is for supposedly 'fallen' women. Here, young girls are imprisoned indefinitely and endure agonizing punishments and a long, harsh working system which leaves them physically drained and mentally damaged. As the girls bond together, it soon becomes clear that the only way out of the Magdalene convent is to escape, but with twisted Sister Bridget running the wing, any chances seem limited... Written by Anonymous

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The triumphant story of three women who found the courage to defy a century of injustice. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/cruelty, nudity, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

29 August 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die unbarmherzigen Schwestern See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,553, 3 August 2003

Gross USA:

$4,890,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,107,578
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film shows the asylum experimenting with washing machines. The widespread adaptation of the household appliance would become a significant factor to the asylums' economic viability being fatally undermined and led to their ultimate closure. See more »

Goofs

When Margaret's brother shows up to take his sister home, he not only knows his way around the facility, but knows exactly which room everyone is in, despite having never set foot in the place. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Margaret: Well, what is it you're wanting to show me? Come on, Kevin, what's the secret?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to ... all at the Glasgow Film Office. See more »

Connections

Features The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

The Well Below the Valley
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Traditional Irish folksong
Sung by the priest at the wedding
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Great moving drama
2 February 2005 | by IntertextualSee all my reviews

This film will move you that is for sure. It is amazing to think such atrocities went on in the name of God. Well I guess it isn't really but this film lets you experience the single mindedness and hypocrisies of people who hold such fanatical beliefs. The film takes you on a journey through the eyes of helpless young women. These women are victims of the church and all its cruelty. We see how their spirits are affected by such unjust behavior. You will feel and cry along with them. You will hope along with them. It is amazing that anyone in these kind of circumstances could ever find any hope.

Peter Mullan had done a superb job at writing and directing. He even plays a small part in the film.

The script is very well structured. It builds it dramatic tension nicely. The performances all round are very strong.

I am sure you will enjoy this outstanding drama.


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