Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine's destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.Written by
The term 'black 47' refers to the summer of 1847, when the Irish potato famine was at its height and hundreds of thousands of people died from starvation. See more »
Feeney is described as a Connaught Ranger who served in the Afghan War and then deserted in Calcutta before making his way home. However, the 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) were based in Malta during the Anglo-Afghan War and went to the West Indies in 1847. The Anglo-Afghan war was fought by soldiers of the British East India Company, not by the regular British Army. See more »
They sent *you* to get rid of me?
Yeah. They can't afford to have one of their own, someone they called a hero, turn against them.
They never called me a hero. Only you. I was just your faithful Mick.
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This movie depicts just one atrocity committed against the Irish people in a very long occupation. It was atmospherically bleak, as is the material on which it is based. I have known of this horror my entire life and still shudder at the coldness of the British as they blamed the famine on laziness of the Irish, and calmly went about exporting 98% of what the Irish grew - leaving them only the potato. I cannot fault the acting or the story but I would have rather seen an irish actor in the lead. If you care about injustices against a people, you need to see this - just as you need to see "Bitter Harvest" about Stalin's genocide against the Ukrainians. Any movie that leaves you wanting to flesh out the history had done its job.
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