The Field Reviews
Performances were believable, but I think the direction missed the ball it terms of where it could have brought the audience emotionally.
I feel that this movie could be very well remade by the Coen Brothers due to it's tone and story. Maybe with Daniel Day Lewis as the lead?
Jaysus, a powerful performance and a powerful film. You would tend to forget!
Based on the stage play of the same name, itself inspired by real events that took place in Kerry in 1959, the film has pretty firm parochial roots. Its also buttered up by a presentation that is occasionally too 'Oirish' for its own good.
There is a feeling of archaic-ness, that it glosses over something with its theatrical representation of country folk, but still, it has some powerful moments, usually when the Bull McCabe is onscreen.
Richard Harris gives a towering performance as Bull (garnering his second and final oscar nomination) and John Hurt is barely recognisable (in a good way) as 'Bird' O'Donnell.
An improvement on the play as well.
P.s. to correct Roger Ebert's review: Sean Beans character is spelt 'Tadhg.' and he isn't meant to be retarded. !?
pps Don't mind the terrible trailer for this on Flixster.