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This Is the Sea (1997)

Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan who wants Malachy to be recruited and fight for the cause and by Hazel's brother Jef, who spies on her meetings.

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Mary McGuckian

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Mary McGuckian
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Samantha Morton ... Hazel Stokes
Ross McDade Ross McDade ... Malachy McAliskey
Richard Harris ... Old Man Jacobs
Gabriel Byrne ... Rohan
John Lynch ... Padhar McAliskey
Dearbhla Molloy ... Ma Stokes
Ian McElhinney ... Da Stokes
Marc O'Shea Marc O'Shea ... Jef Stokes
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Ma McAliskey
Mary McGuckian ... Cathy
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Inspector Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Barnett Sean Barnett ... (voice)
Daniel Matthew Bolton Daniel Matthew Bolton ... Baby
Liam Bradley Liam Bradley ... Bass player in bar
Caolan Byrne ... Ezeldel Lamthorn
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The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground and pal of Malachy's brother Padhar), who wants Malachy to be recruited and fight for the cause and by Hazel's brother Jef, who spies on her meetings. Written by Anonymous

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Two dangerous men. One young couple. Soon, their destinies will collide.

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fra odio e amore See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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THIS IS THE SEA
Written by Mike Scott
Performed by The Waterboys
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Sweet romance in tense surroundings
18 October 1999 | by JCR-4See all my reviews

Based in Northern Ireland during the ceasefire between catholic and loyalist terrorist groups, this film brings together two people living completely separate ways of life. Hazel (Samantha Morton) is a sweet young protestant girl living in the countryside outside Belfast. Her mother's strong religious beliefs give little scope for Hazel to do her own thing, but she is helped by her less strict father and local friend of the family, Old Man Jacobs (Richard Harris) who accompanies her on trips to Belfast. Here she meets Malachy, a young catholic lad whose life is surrounded by those involved in terrorist groups, while he himself does his best to steer clear of it. Malachy falls for Hazel, but courtship is difficult. Fortunately, old Man Jacobs assists Hazel in her desire to meet up with Malachy, but is all as innocent as it looks? A contrast between a nice romance and the terrorist underworld, giving the impression that no matter who you are in Northern Ireland, terrorism is never far away from your doorstep.


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