Hanging Gale (1995)





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The four-part BBC1 miniseries The Hanging Gale was set in 1846, the year of the Irish potato famine. As starvation stared them in the face, a group of farming families banded together to survive. Among these hardy souls were the Phelan Brothers (played by the real-life McGann brothers), who struggled to save their family farm despite the persecution of a cruel British land agent. Filmed on-location in Ireland, The Hanging Gale was initially telecast from May 14 to June 4, 1995. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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A touching and informative story of the Irish potato famine. In a nice touch, all the brothers in the film are actually brothers.

Jeff B
Jeff B

Depressing Irish series starring the four McGann brothers (and based on an original idea by two of them). It takes place in 1846 during the great potato blight. As depressing as it is, it is very well done, well acted, well cast, and gripping. I was invested in the story, which I can't say for a lot of series and films. I was eager to find out what would happen to the characters, and I won't lie, I love me some Paul McGann and Michael Kitchen. And now I love the other three McGanns, too! It also made me think of my Irish ancestors, and it made me wonder if some of this was happening to them at that time.

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