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The Outsider (1979)

A young American man joins the IRA in Ireland but soon finds out that he is being used for political purposes and propaganda.

Director:

Tony Luraschi

Writers:

Colin Leinster (novel), Tony Luraschi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Wasson ... Michael Flaherty
Sterling Hayden ... Seamus Flaherty
Patricia Quinn ... Siobhan
Niall O'Brien Niall O'Brien ... Emmet Donovan
T.P. McKenna ... John Russell
Niall Toibin ... The Farmer
Frank Grimes ... Tony Coyle
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Mrs. Cochran
Bosco Hogan ... Finbar Donovan
Ray McAnally ... MacWhirter
J.G. Devlin J.G. Devlin ... Sean Tweeny
Joe Dowling Joe Dowling ... Pat
Aiden Grennell Aiden Grennell ... Hanlan
Joe McPartland Joe McPartland ... Joe McDermott
Des Cave Des Cave ... Kevin McCann (as Desmond Cave)
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Storyline

Idealistic Vietnam veteran Michael Flaherty (Wasson), enthralled by the stories told to him by his grandfather (Hayden) and disillusioned by the lack of a clear cut cause in Vietnam, leaves his comfortable life in a Detroit suburb and goes to Ireland to fight for the IRA, only to discover that nothing is ever clear cut. Written by Anonymous

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A cause he believed in but did not understand. In a country he loved but did not know.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1981 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Michael See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Cinematic Arts B.V. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Broken English
Written by Marianne Faithfull, Barry Reynolds, Joe Maverty, Steve York,
& Terry Stannard
Performed by Marianne Faithfull
Courtesy of Island Records
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Honestly the best movie I have ever seen in my life.
13 October 2005 | by DanielBernard13See all my reviews

I watch about one movie a week. When somebody asks me what was the best movie I have ever seen, I respond that it is this one. I haven't seen it for decades. The internet is new. I'm looking for a copy.

The movie shows that there are no moral men anywhere. Even the twisted morals of bloodthirsty killers are subject to easy compromise. People in a fanatic rage quickly change their minds and turn on their own kind when it is expedient to do so.

I suppose the outward themes of the movie would be "don't get involved" and "don't rat on your friends." That being said; strangely enough, this film is heart wrenching.


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