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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.
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Barbara Jefford
as Molly Bloom
Milo O'Shea
as Leopold Bloom
Maurice Roëves
as Stephen Dedalus
T.P. McKenna
as Buck Mulligan
Martin Dempsey
as Simon Dedalus
Sheila O'Sullivan
as May Goulding Dedalus
Graham Lines
as Haines
Peter Mayock
as Jack Power
Fionnula Flanagan
as Gerty MacDowell
Anna Manahan
as Bella Cohen
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
Joe Lynch
as Blazes Boylan
Ruadhan Neeson
as Cyril Sargent
Biddie White-Lennon
as Cissy Caffrey
Meryl Gourley
as Mrs. Mervyn Talboys
Ann Rowan
as Mrs. Bellingham
Rosaleen Linehan
as Nurse Callan
O.Z. Whitehead
as Alexander J. Dowie
Cecil Sheridan
as John Henry Manton
Tony Doyle
as Lt. Gardner
James Bartley
as Pvt. Carr
Colin Bird
as Pvt. Compton
Jack Plant
as Denis Breen
David Kelly
as Garrett Deasy
Des Keogh
as Joe Hynes
May Cluskey
as Mrs. Yelverton Barry
Perry Desmmond
as Bantam Lyons
John Molloy
as Corny Kelleher
Clare Mullen
as Florry
Pamela Mant
as Kitty
Paddy Roche
as Madden
Brendan Cauldwell
as Bob Doran
Eugene Lambert
as Costello
Danny Cummins
as The Drinker
Geoffrey Golden
as The Citizen
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Critic Reviews for Ulysses

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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

There is a lot to admire in this curio of a film.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Sky Movies

A flawed enterprise, partly salvaged by the use of genuine Dublin locations and the marvellous performances of the mainly Irish cast.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Radio Times

It begins and ends with the word "Yes", and like much of this amiable, affecting and garrulous 1967 film, prompts a similar response from the viewer.

Full Review… | November 20, 2009
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Ulysses


Having read and studied this novel for my English Literature course, I was looking forward to watching its film adaptation. The end result left me feeling a little ambivalent. I felt that the film did very well in capturing the stream-of-consciousness present in Joyce's original text. Like its source material, Ulysses is a film that demands your full attention. If you look away for even a second then you're lost. The narrative constantly jumps around. This isn't an insult to the film, but rather a portrayal of Joyce's writing style. Ulysses as a text jumps from idea to idea, from writing style to writing style. It is a difficult text to read, but a rewarding one. And so is the film, although I was disappointed at how the film watered down some of the book's more explicit scenes. I felt that THIS was an insult to Joyce to wanted to push the boundaries of anything that came before. Read my full review for more: http://goo.gl/WGkf16

James Linton
James Linton

...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.

Hannah Megill
Hannah Megill

And I thought that nothing would turn me off marriage more than Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?... I haven't read all of Ulysses yet, but any attempt to film it is quite audacious. The movie succeeds at its own level, and reminds me of 8 1/2 in several stylistic ways. BTW, Flixster's synopsis may be the worst ever.

Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts

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