The Playboys

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Gillies MacKinnon directs Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, and Robin Wright Penn in the drama The Playboys, which makes its debut on DVD boasting a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the film's original theatrical trailer. This is a fine ...
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Gillies MacKinnon directs Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, and Robin Wright Penn in the drama The Playboys, which makes its debut on DVD boasting a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the film's original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release of a little-seen film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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There's something about these small-village Irish historical pieces starring Aidan Quinn that equals cinematic dullsville. Neither This Is My Father nor this film, The Playboys, makes much of an impression in its consideration of the "scandals" that test the predominating church morality of the Irish countryside. Actually, Quinn does a fine job as a charming vagabond actor forever on the verge of a crooked grin. The Playboys also boasts the great Albert Finney and the widely respected Robin Wright Penn, but none of these contributors can transform the pale material into something worth strongly recommending. Even with a few moments of near tragedy, director Gillies MacKinnon can't extract a necessary urgency or universality from these events. The film is at its most interesting when it examines the inner workings of the gypsy-like troupe of actors, headed by the dignified but beleaguered Milo O'Shea. Learning both classic and popular works on the fly, and sometimes adhering to the requests of the audience, the performers show a remarkable talent for improvisation and a real piecemeal ingenuity regarding sets and costumes. But the story's main focus is the uproar over the mysterious pregnancy of Penn's Tara Maguire, and that kind of dated provincialism just doesn't register enough with a modern audience, especially in the absence of other distinguishing elements.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • UPC: 027616903785
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Constable Hegarty
Aidan Quinn Tom Casey
Robin Wright Tara Maguire
Robin Wright Tara Maguire
Milo O'Shea Freddie
Alan Devlin Malone
Niamh Cusack Brigid
Ian McElhinney Cassidy
Stella McCusker Rachel
Anna Livia Ryan Vonnie
Adrian Dunbar Mick
P.J. Brady McMahon
Niall Buggy Denzil
Shane Connaughton Customs Officer
Lorcan Cranitch Ryan/John Joe
Michelle Forbes Maggie Rudden
Doreen Hepburn Nualla Rayan
Stephen Holland Richie
Jimmy Keogh Liam
Pat Laffan Duffy
Kilian McKenna Sean
Aine Ni Mhuiri Mrs. Smith
Peter Morris Tara's Baby
James Morris Tara's Baby
Niall O'Brien Police Superintendent
Brian O'Leary Timmy
Tony Rohr Kelly
Technical Credits
Gillies MacKinnon Director
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
William P. Cartlidge Producer
Shane Connaughton Screenwriter
Jack Conroy Cinematographer
Kerry Crabbe Screenwriter
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Pam Dixon Casting
Arden Gantly Production Designer
Andy Harris Production Designer
Simon Perry Producer
Jean-Claude Petit Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Tomcats [7:04]
2. Contagion [6:28]
3. A Friendly Word [5:47]
4. Crossing the Line [8:03]
5. Opening Night [7:13]
6. A Burning Desire [6:56]
7. "Eejits" [8:21]
8. Making Hay [7:07]
9. The Outing [:53]
10. A Grand Day [4:30]
11. The Healing Arts [7:01]
12. Good for the Soul [6:46]
13. New Toy [6:41]
14. Old Customs [5:40]
15. A Few Rounds Too Many [6:42]
16. Fare-You-Well/Credits [8:24]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Tomcats [7:04]
2. Contagion [6:28]
3. A Friendly Word [5:47]
4. Crossing the Line [8:03]
5. Opening Night [7:13]
6. A Burning Desire [6:56]
7. "Eejits" [8:21]
8. Making Hay [7:07]
9. The Outing [:53]
10. A Grand Day [4:30]
11. The Healing Arts [7:01]
12. Good for the Soul [6:46]
13. New Toy [6:41]
14. Old Customs [5:40]
15. A Few Rounds Too Many [6:42]
16. Fare-You-Well/Credits [8:24]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Standard
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Spoken Languages: Español
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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