Shake Hands With the Devil Reviews
In a "paint-by-numbers" scenario, O'Shea's bestest college buddy is killed by British forces; although the friend is a staunch member of the IRA, the killing is an accident. O'Shea manages to drag his friend far enough away to enlist the help of his professor, Sean Lenihan (Cagney). As you might imagine, O'Shea now sees both the "injustice" of British occupation and the "noble resistance" of the Irish people.
What happens next is a long story, and an improbable one at that. O'Shea initially leaves Dublin with plans for fleeing the country now that the Brits are after him. But through it all he manages to fall in love and becomes "the stranger that changes history". Of course.
Look, I've got no issue with the Irish people or their beefs with the United Kingdom. But the only thing this film's plot needs to make it [i]even more stereotypical[/i] is for the Irish to wear white cowboy hats and for the Brits to wear black ones. It's that painfully obvious, folks. And once the film moves into the country, its one sweet Irish stereotype after another. When one of the older IRA members bursts into song at one point (whilst looking out over a moonlit harbor... while wearing a fisherman's cap and sweater and smoking a pipe, mind you) I almost expect him to end the song with "it's magically delicious"!
Two other minor points:
1) The film is and white. Ireland doesn't look good in black and white.
2) Dana Wynter is in the film; she always looks good!