Closing the Ring (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

Closing the Ring (2007)

Closing the Ring (2007)

Closing the Ring




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Sixty-five years after making his screen debut as a young stoker in co-directors NoŽl Coward and David Lean's World War II drama In Which We Serve, Richard Attenborough perfects the balance between epic story and intimate tale with this drama starring Shirley MacLaine and Neve Campbell as a mother and daughter who find a relic from the past sparking an incendiary series of events. The year is 1991, and as a small American town mourns the passing of beloved World War II veteran Chuck Harris, his wife Ethel (MacLaine) numbs herself with alcohol to the point where she completely neglects her grieving daughter Marie (Campbell). Later, after Marie receives a telephone call from a boy in Northern Ireland who claims to have recently discovered a ring belonging to Ethel, a mystery nearly five decades in the making comes slowly into focus as the story drifts back into Chuck's wartime past and the days when he and Ethel first formed their powerful bond.more
Rating: R (for brief sexuality, nudity and violent images)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Woodward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2009
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Brenda Fricker
as Grandma Reilly
Stephen Amell
as Teddy Gordon
Gregory Smith
as Young Jack
Mischa Barton
as Young Ethel
David Alpay
as Young Chuck
David Aplay
as Chuck Harris
Ian McElhinney
as Cathal Thomas
John Travers
as Young Quinlan
Gene Dinovi
as Weeping Veteran
Chris Benson
as Local Sheriff
George Shane
as Maginty
Kirsty Stuart
as Young Eleanor
Marie Jones
as Mrs. Doyle
Karen Lewis
as Mrs. Dean
John Kavanagh
as Reverend Smith
Eric Martin Reid
as Father Ignatus
Sidney Dodsworth
as Shelterer From the A...
Derek Halligan
as Shelterer From the A...
Maureen Dow
as Shelterer From the A...
Rosena Brown
as Shelterer From the A...
Michael Magee
as Shelterer From the A...
Claire Lamont
as Shelterer From the A...
Matthew McElhinney
as Young Cathal
James Millard
as Lieutenant Wilkins
Bill Lynn
as Truck Driver
Ian Beattie
as Seamus McCarty
Olivia Nash
as First Woman in Rain
Susie Kelly
as Second Woman in Rain
B.J. Hogg
as Maguigan
Alan McKee
as Dougal
Sean McGinley
as Campbell
Alec McClure
as Co-Pilot
Paul Dunn
as Radio Operator
Kieran Gallant
as Navigator
Layke Anderson
as Army Corporal
Alex Palmer
as Lieutenant Jones
Paul Charlton
as Army Private
Allan Gildea
as First Policeman
Stephen Don
as Second Policeman
Tom Collins
as Fireman Fergus
Harry Dickson
as Taxi Driver
Allan Hawco
as Peter Etty
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Critic Reviews for Closing the Ring

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Attenborough is a past master at this type of drama, and he confidently shifts between the decades, avoiding the confusion so common to non-linear films like this.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Closing the Ring needed to find a context for its free-flowing emotions.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

With all the will in the world, this is a mere footnote to Attenborough's distinguished filmography.

Full Review… | December 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | May 10, 2009
Movies for the Masses

Shirley MacLaine plays a widow harboring a secret dating back to World War II in the poignant romance Closing the Ring

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
What Would Toto Watch?

All the extraneous detail cannot obscure what is a simple and mostly dopey love story, and a love story that unfolds in an oddly amateurish fashion.

Full Review… | August 1, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Closing the Ring

I like these sorts of stories. It is like a whodunit, but instead of a CSI figuring out who the killer is, we have to figure out how everyone is connected. I wondered for most of the movie what Mr. Quinlan (Pete Postlethwaite)'s connection to the story was.

I saw this movie a second time and liked it even more the second time. Scary stuff - Belfast in the 80's.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Not that crash hot, although I did sit through the whole thing. It really had the feel of a tv movie, and the worst soundtrack ever. The scenes with Ethel and Teddy are nice, but I wasn't too keen on the rest of it. Neve Campbell is highly unappealing in this, the scene where she takes on her mother, talk about over acting. Even Shirley MacLaine is not all that likeable as she generally is. The ending just fell flat and the big secret not worth waiting for.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Fantastic romantic epic and enthralling story of young love. Director Richard
Attenborough helms a deeply moving love story beautifully interwoven between the 1940s and the present.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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