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Titanic Town (2000)

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Roger Michell directed this British drama based on Mary Costello's autobiographical novel about a Belfast housewife and peace activist. During early '70s conflicts in Northern Ireland, Bernie McPhelimy (Julie Walters) and her family move into a Catholic neighborhood in a West Belfast town famed as the location of the Titanic's construction but now a battlefield of bullets, tanks, and helicopters. When one of Bernie's old friends is trapped in a crossfire and killed, she attends a women's peace group but finds their approach ineffectual. Despite the resentment of her family, objections from her husband (Ciaran Hinds), and community hostility, the determined Bernie organizes her own group, teaming with co-campaigner Deidre (Aingeal Grehan) to mediate between the British government and the IRA, eventually collecting 25,000 petition signatures to limit residential neighborhood fighting. Shown in the market section at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.

Cast

Julie Walters
as Bernie McPhelimy
Ciarán Hinds
as Aidan McPhelimy
Nuala O'Neill
as Annie McPhelimy
James Loughran
as Thomas McPhelimy
Barry Loughran
as Brendan McPhelimy
Elizabeth Donaghy
as Sinead McPhelimy
Jaz Pollock
as Patsy French
Caolan Byrne
as Niall French
Caola Byrne
as Niall French
Oliver Ford Davies
as Whittington
Des McAleer
as Finnbar
B.J. Hogg
as Chair
Ruth McCabe
as Kathleen
Veronica Duffy
as Mary McCoy
Cathy White
as Rosaleen
Malcolm Rodgers
as Uncle James
Kelly Flynn
as Bridget
Maggie Shevlin
as Mrs. Morris
Fo Cullen
as Miss Savage
Simon Fullerton
as Jimmy Kane
Duncan Marwich
as Lionel Thirston
John Drummond
as Sergeant
Paul Trussell
as Lanky Soldier
Neil Maskell
as Soldier
Mark Mooney
as Soldier
Claire Curran
as Nuala Curran
Julia Dearden
as Mrs. Gilroy
Mairead Redmond
as Mairead Curran
Paula Hamilton
as Mrs. Brennan
Mike Dowling
as Butcher
Robert Calvert
as Bus Driver
Jeannane Crowley
as Mrs. Lockhart
Colum Convey
as Interviewer
Amanda Hurwitz
as Night Nurse
Tony Rohr
as Cork Driver
Richard Smedley
as Patrol Leader
Alan McKee
as Reporter
Tony Devlin
as Republican Youth
Andrew Downs
as Ambulance Driver
Breffni McKenna
as Paramedic
John Quinn
as Republican
Packy Lee
as Hijack Youth
Catriona Hinds
as TV Journalist
Gerard McCartney
as Journalist
Kieran Ahern
as Father Clancy
Brenda Winter
as Mrs. Duffy
Richard Orr
as Man in Black Jacket
Chris Parr
as 1st Radio Interviewee
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Critic Reviews for Titanic Town

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (1)

Titanic Town has a few too many quiet moments, most of which go nowhere in particular.

March 23, 2001 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Matinee Magazine

A handsome and convincing picture of a region and people in turmoil.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

Conveys the complexity of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland and the bravery of one woman who tries to make a stand for peace.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

Brings to the fore the day-to-day horrors of a Northern Ireland family forced to cope with British occupation better than any other I can remember.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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