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The Playboys (1992)



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In a small Irish village of the 1950s, a young woman (Robin Wright) triggers an uproar by refusing to name the father of the child she's having out of wedlock.


Albert Finney
as Constable Brendan Hegarty
Robin Wright
as Tara Maguire
Aidan Quinn
as Tom Casey
Milo O'Shea
as Freddie
Lorcan Cranitch
as Ryan/John Joe
Aine Ni Mhuiri
as Mrs. Smith
Aine NiMhuiri
as Mrs. Smith
Doreen Hepburn
as Nualla Ryan
Michele Forbes
as Maggie Rudden
P.J. Brady
as McMahon
Michelle Forbes
as Maggie Rudden
Tony Rohr
as Kelly
Niall O'Brien
as Police Superintendent
Shane Connaughton
as Customs Officer
Peter Morris
as Tara's Baby
James Morris
as Tara's Baby
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Critic Reviews for The Playboys

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

This familiar pattern of headstrong girl and passions brimming beneath the surface is well directed by first time Scottish helmer Gillies MacKinnon, though the pace slows in middle reels as plot gives way to the troupe's enjoyable stage performances.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Top Critic

It seems like everyone had a ball; I know I did.

Full Review… | March 11, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This absorbing film boasts several outstanding performances as well as a richness in both story and character that is much too rare these days.

March 11, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

With time, place and mood sensitively evoked, this is solid, intelligent entertainment, mercifully free of the usual 'Oirish' clichés.

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

There's magic in it.

March 6, 2005
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Mr. Finney, looking puffy and ravaged in the role of a man who has lost much of himself to drink (and whose obsessive interest in Tara somehow offers him the chance of redemption), brings a furious, buried intensity to Hegarty's longing.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Playboys


The Playboys is low-key and disarming, and its appeal sneaks up on you. A film of surprising charm and resonance. By no means amazing, but an all-together watchable Irish treat.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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