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The Fifteen Streets (1989)

In northern England around 1900, the worker John O'Brien lives near poverty in a small house in the worker's district. He falls in love with Mary, the teacher of his highly intelligent ... See full summary »

Director:

David Wheatley

Writers:

Rob Bettinson (screenplay), Catherine Cookson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Teale ... John O'Brien
Sean Bean ... Dominic O'Brien
Anny Tobin Anny Tobin ... Mary Ellen O'Brien
Leslie Schofield ... Shane O'Brien
Faye Dannell Faye Dannell ... Katie O'Brien
Gillian Hope Gillian Hope ... Molly O'Brien
Scott Frazer Scott Frazer ... Mick O'Brien
Clare Holman ... Mary Llewellyn
Frank Windsor ... James Llewellyn
Billie Whitelaw ... Beatrice Llewellyn
Ian Bannen ... Peter Bracken
Jane Horrocks ... Christine Bracken
Colin Bavidge Colin Bavidge ... David Bracken
Barbara Marten Barbara Marten ... Hannah Kelly
Madeleine Moffat Madeleine Moffat ... Bella Bradley (as Madaleine Moffatt)
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Storyline

In northern England around 1900, the worker John O'Brien lives near poverty in a small house in the worker's district. He falls in love with Mary, the teacher of his highly intelligent younger sister Kathy and daughter of a rich family. Their love is doomed by the social difference, but the vigorous Mary refuses to allow outer circumstances destroying their love. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

15 Straßen zum Glück See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

Although the film is set about 1900, one scene at the Newcastle docks shows a modern overhead crane. See more »

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Featured in The Story of the Costume Drama: The Stars (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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Gritty and gripping
31 July 2007 | by rps-2See all my reviews

This is a magnificent piece of work. It's human. It's happy. It's sad. It's tragic. It's an improbable love story set in the grim world of the Newcastle England docks around the turn of the twentieth century. I'm not familiar with the author of the book. But I recognize dedicated, creative film work. We have plenty of that here! This is a film made by people who love making movies. It shows in every frame. The characters are strong and they're real. The grim atmosphere of the brick and concrete tenement district has been caught accurately, both its human and inhuman dimensions. Yet there are many warm and charming scenes among those that are bleak or tragic. The subdued colour, the rain and the snow at times, probably are more effective than black and white would have been. I would have given it a 10 save for two things. The ending is a little silly. And, surprising in a film which is is so historically accurate, one of the shots at the dock shows a modern overhead crane. But it's a keeper and one of those stimulating films that trigger interesting discussions and arguments.


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