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Ulysses (1967)





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Based on the classic novel by James Joyce, this drama deals with the life of an impotent married Jewish man, his wife and a student/poet in Dublin. Focusing more upon the characters' thoughts and fantasies than upon their actions, it features some of Joyce's previously banned prose. This drama was filmed in Ireland with a largely Irish cast and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. ~ Kristie Hassen, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Joseph Strick, Fred Haines
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2000
Reality Productions


Barbara Jefford
as Molly Bloom
Milo O'Shea
as Leopold Bloom
Maurice RoŽves
as Stephen Dedalus
T.P. McKenna
as Buck Mulligan
Martin Dempsey
as Simon Dedalus
Sheila O'Sullivan
as May Goulding Dedalus
Maureen Toal
as Zoe Higgins
Maureen Potter
as Josie Breen
Chris Curran
as Myles Crawford
Maire Hastings
as Mary Driscoll
Eddie Golden
as Martin Cunningham
Rosaleen Linehan
as Nurse Callan
O.Z. Whitehead
as Alexander K. Dowie
Tony Doyle
as Lt. Gardner
Des Keogh
as Joe Hynes
May Cluskey
as Mrs. Yelverton Barry
Perry Desmmond
as Bantam Lyons
John Molloy
as Corny Kelleher
Danny Cummins
as The Drinker
David Kelly
as Garrett Deasy
Joe Lynch
as Blazes Boylan
Fionnula Flanagan
as Gerty MacDowell
Anna Manahan
as Bella Cohen
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Critic Reviews for Ulysses

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

There's much to appeal in this miniature odyssey, notably the superb black-and-white location work.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

An utterly definitive work.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Times [UK]

It's a disappointment, though watched again now for this rerelease, it doesn't seem as much of a disappointment as all that.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009

Audience Reviews for Ulysses

...What on earth did I just watch?

I have a relaxation thing I do when I'm trying to go to sleep: I listen to an audio dramatization of something or other. As I listen, I create mental pictures of the scenario being acted out, but make everything as ridiculously literal as possible. If one of the characters tells the other, "You're like a lion," I adjust my mental image to make that person a literal lion. This engages my brain just enough that I don't wander off and start obsessing about my day (which is what keeps me awake the most at night) but not enough that I stay focused on it, and I drift off to sleep.

Watching this movie was surreal, because that was what happened. Every metaphor was shown to us in literal form on the screen, especially once it hit the section with the hallucinations/dreams/whatever the heck those were. But what is a relaxing mental exercise in my mind is creepy and bizarre and awkward to follow visually in a movie. That point is when the movie lost me. I was mildly interested in the story up until that point, and then I got almost 30 minutes of rambling dream sequence. That finally ended, but the movie never really won back my trust or my interest.

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