Dead

The Dead

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Director: John Huston

Cast: Anjelica Huston, Donal McCann, Rachel Dowling

     
 

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The final film of legendary director John Huston was based on the closing story of James Joyce's Dubliners. Anjelica Huston is top-billed as Gretta Conroy, the niece by marriage of turn-of-century Irish spinsters Kate Morkan (Helena Carroll) and Julia Morkan (Cathleen Delany). At the home of these two curious ladies, Gretta is prodded into remembering her

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The final film of legendary director John Huston was based on the closing story of James Joyce's Dubliners. Anjelica Huston is top-billed as Gretta Conroy, the niece by marriage of turn-of-century Irish spinsters Kate Morkan (Helena Carroll) and Julia Morkan (Cathleen Delany). At the home of these two curious ladies, Gretta is prodded into remembering her long-dead lover. She tearfully reveals to her husband (Donal McCann) that the deceased boy may well have died on her behalf. Her tale of woe bespeaks the sentiment shared by James Joyce: no matter how long in their graves, the dead will always influence the living. Adding to the film's elegiac quality, it stars Huston's daughter Anjelica and was co-written with his son Tony Huston.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Made while the director himself was not far from death, John Huston's film version of a James Joyce story widely regarded as the finest in English is a gracious tribute to his master. The story, which is set at a small Christmas party in turn-of-the-century Dublin, concludes with a typically Joycean epiphany. While not Joyce's story, which is basically unfilmable, Huston has made a film which softened the writer's criticism of his society, lovingly depicting a world about whose parochialism protagonist Gabriel Conroy Donal McCann feels some ambivalence. The director allows scenes to flow at a leisurely pace, emphasizing the convivial nature of a gathering where all present are enacting long-familiar rituals. When "The Lass of Aughrim" is sung shortly before Gabriel leaves with his wife, Gretta Angelica Huston, she's brought up sharply. It's only after learning the meaning of this song that Gabriel grasps the mystery of Gretta's heart, and the measure of his solitude. While lacking the richness and power of Joyce's story, Huston has created something of a parallel miniature, as he contrasts the nostalgia of the party with a hauntingly Pinter-like distillate of marital dissonance.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0031398114901
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
PG
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:13:00
Sales rank:
26,125

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anjelica Huston Gretta Conroy
Donal McCann Gabriel Conroy
Rachel Dowling Lily
Cathleen Delaney Aunt Julia Morkan
Helena Carroll Aunt Kate Morkan
Ingrid Craigie Mary Jane
Dan O'Herlihy Mr. Browne
Frank Patterson Bartell D'Arcy
Donal Donnelly Freddy Malins
Marie Kean Mrs. Malins
Maria McDernottroe Molly Ivors
Sean McClory Mr. Grace
Kate O'Toole Miss Furlong
Maria Hayden Miss O'Callaghan
Barbre Dowling Miss Higgins
Lyda Anderson Miss Daly
Colm Meaney Mr. Bergin
Cormac O'Herlihy Mr. Kerrigan
Paul Grant 1st Young Gentleman
Patrick Gallagher 3rd Young Gentleman
Amanda Baird Young Lady
Paul Carroll Young Gentleman
Redmond Gleeson Nightporter
Brendan Dillon Cabman
Dara Clarke Young Lady

Technical Credits
John Huston Director
Stephen B. Grimes Producer,Production Designer
Tony Huston Screenwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Alex North Score Composer
William J. Quigley Executive Producer
Bill Randall Sound/Sound Designer
Wieland Schulz-Keil Producer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director,Production Manager
Chris Sievernich Producer
Roberto Silvi Editor
Dennis Washington Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Dead
1. Guests [6:30]
2. Music [5:19]
3. Recitation [4:05]
4. Dancing [2:55]
5. Beautiful Voice [6:49]
6. Dinner [3:27]
7. Politics [7:34]
8. Monks [3:29]
9. Hospitality [5:20]
10. Departure [6:13]
11. Mesmerize [3:00]
12. Cab Ride [3:28]
13. Troubled [4:01]
14. Lost Love [3:21]
15. Gray World [4:14]
16. End Credits [3:42]

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The Dead 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately 10 minutes were missing from the copy I purchased from Barnes and Noble. I have been in contact with the manufacturer to obtain a replacement.
HurleyL More than 1 year ago
Who ruined this film? Only buy this if you don't already know and love John Houston's last film. SOMEONE removed almost twelve minutes from the theatrical and VHS editions. It absolutely ruins this for me.I want whoever to put the missing scenes back! - hurleyL
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