Director: Bruce Beresford Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Aidan Quinn, Julianna Margulies

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One man takes on the Irish family law system and the Catholic Church in a bid to be reunited with his children in this drama, based on a true story. In 1953, Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) was a house painter and decorator who, despite a strong work ethic, had a hard time holding on to steady work. Desmond's wife had grown tired of her marriage and her husband's financial problems, and one day walked away from her home, leaving Desmond to raise their three children on his own. While Desmond struggles to keep body and soul together for his children, his sporadic employment eventually attracts the attention of the law, and a court order sends his two sons and young daughter to separate Catholic orphanages until Desmond can prove he's capable of properly supporting them. However, Desmond discovers merely getting work is not enough to bring his children back to him, and when he learns that his daughter, Evelyn (Sophie Vavasseur), is having a rough time of it at the hands of several stern nuns, he becomes determined to win their custody in a court of law. Through Bernadette (Julianna Margulies), a barmaid who has caught his eye, Desmond meets Michael Beattie (Stephen Rea), a lawyer and Bernadette's brother. While Michael doesn't believe Desmond's case can be won in an Irish court, his partner Nick Barron (Aidan Quinn), an expatriate American who lost custody of his own children in a divorce proceeding, is eager to help, and they agree to take the case. However, they both realize they're fighting an uphill battle, and so they persuade Thomas Connolly (Alan Bates), a former football star who became one of Ireland's most respected barristers, to lend his knowledge and prestige to the case. Leading man Bronson also served a co-producer for Evelyn; Bruce Beresford directed, who previously collaborated with Pierce Brosnan on Mister Johnson.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2017
UPC: 0887090132114
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG
Source: Olive Films
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 21,375

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan Desmond Doyle
Aidan Quinn Nick Barron
Julianna Margulies Bernadette Beattie
Stephen Rea Michael Beattie
Sophie Vavasseur Evelyn Doyle
Alan Bates Thomas Connolly
John Lynch Mr. Wolfe
Frank Kelly Henry Doyle
Karen Ardiff Sister Felicity
Alan Barry Justice McLaughlin
Niall Beagan Dermot Doyle
Des Braiden Fergal
Lauren Carpenter Annette Farrell
Mairead Devlin Charlotte Doyle
Conor Evans Justice Ferris
Gail Fitzpatrick Miss Gilhooly
Don Foley Justice Lynch
Peter Fowl Pub Musician
Bill Golding Justice Daley
Hugh Grogan Pub Musician
Luke Hayden Irish Times Reporter
Sorcha Herlihy Mary
Bosco Hogan Father O'Malley
Andrea Irvine Sister Brigid
Garrett Keogh District Judge
Mark Lambert Minister of Education
Alvaro Lucchesi Inspector Logan
Hugh MacDonagh Maurice Doyle
Brian McGrath Hugh Canning
Pat McGrath Gamekeeper
Claire Mullan Mrs. Daisley, Charlotte's Mother
Mick Nolan Honest Joe O'Leary
Lauren O'Connell Lauren
Daithi O'Suillebhain Brother Eustace
Marian Quinn Sister Theresa
Eamon Rohan Justice Hall
Sally the Farmer's Daughter Slippery Sam, the Greyhound

Technical Credits
Bruce Beresford Director
Ian Bailie Art Director
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
Simon Bosanquet Executive Producer
Pierce Brosnan Producer
Kieran Corrigan Executive Producer
Richard Cowan Asst. Director
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Mick Doyle Special Effects
Stephen Endelman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
André Fleuren Cinematographer
Maurice Foley Special Effects Supervisor
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Eberhard Kayser Executive Producer
Derek Kelly Special Effects
Ray Kirk Asst. Director
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Mario Ohoven Executive Producer
Michael Ohoven Producer
Cynthia Palormo Associate Producer
Paul Pender Co-producer,Screenwriter
Hanah Quinn Asst. Director
Reelsound Sound Editor
Amanda J. Scarano Production Manager
Beau St. Clair Producer
Stefan Stankowski Camera Operator
John Stoddart Production Designer
Brendan Walsh Special Effects

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Evelyn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Evelyn twice and one night. I loved every minute of it. It made me laugh, cry, and cheer. Curl up with someone you love and watch Evelyn. I'm sure you will agree, Evelyn is a winner. Based on a true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evelyn is the kind of film that is difficult to review. Many moments are about as subtle as a sledge hammer to right temple, but this story of a man who changed Irish law is so sentimental on its own, its difficult to fault the film for its occassionaly sacchrine qualities. True, the film is emotionally manipulative, but the actors and filmmakers have such affection for the story, it is difficult not to be charmed by the film's simple, triumphant resolution. The acting is uniformly fine, especially from Aidan Quinn and Pierce Brosnan, who used both this film and later film The Matador to demonstrate he is capably of far more than James Bond. In short, while the film is excessively heavy-handed at times, by the time the credits role, the simple, David vs. Goliath story should have you won over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never heard of this film until my sister rented it. I really enjoyed it. If you like interesting plots about the law you'll like this one.
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