Young Cassidy

Overview

Young Cassidy is based upon the autobiographical writings of firebrand Irish author Sean O'Casey. Rod Taylor is Cassidy, a boisterous boy who digs ditches to support his mother Flora Robson and sister Sian Phillips. In his spare time, Cassidy is active with the Irish revolutionary movement against the occupying British. He still finds time enough for romance, notably with trashy chorine Julie Christie in her first major role and timid librarian Maggie Smith. Cassidy's latent writing talents are encouraged by such...
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Overview

Young Cassidy is based upon the autobiographical writings of firebrand Irish author Sean O'Casey. Rod Taylor is Cassidy, a boisterous boy who digs ditches to support his mother Flora Robson and sister Sian Phillips. In his spare time, Cassidy is active with the Irish revolutionary movement against the occupying British. He still finds time enough for romance, notably with trashy chorine Julie Christie in her first major role and timid librarian Maggie Smith. Cassidy's latent writing talents are encouraged by such Irish literary giants as W.B. Yeats Michael Redgrave and Lady Gregory Edith Evans, and in typically expeditious Hollywood fashion Our Hero almost instantly becomes a Man of Letters. John Ford began the direction of Young Cassidy, but fell ill and had to relinquish his responsibilities to Jack Cardiff; even the most diehard auteurist will have trouble discerning the personal "signature" of either director.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While it's far from perfect, Young Cassidy is a very decent biopic about the acclaimed Irish playwright Sean O'Casey (renamed "Cassidy" here). Cassidy's strengths lie not in the story it tells, but in the characters it introduces us to and the actors who embody them. Truth to tell, Cassidy's story is far too weak. A lot happens, but it isn't focused; we sense the dramatic structure but miss the details that would turn the structure into emotion and involvement. For example, what is it that drives the main character/? He tells us of things that are important to him, but we don't really get the sense that these are specifics; they're just generalities that don't really form the soul of the man. This isn't the fault of Rod Taylor, who gives what is probably his finest performance in Cassidy. Physically, he's a bit too robust for the part, but he understands the inner workings of the character and he captures those inner workings beautifully. A young Maggie Smith in a supporting role is also a stand-out, and an equally young Julie Christie also makes an impression. Veteran performers Flora Robson, Michael Redgrave and Edith Evans add significantly to the film's success. Perhaps if John Ford had directed all of the film, it might have had the power and focus it too often lacks; certainly, one of the scenes attributed to him -- the death of the mother -- is by far the best in the picture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • UPC: 883316586891
  • Original Release: 1965
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,869

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rod Taylor Sean Cassidy
Julie Christie Daisy Battles
Edith Evans Lady Gregory
Michael Redgrave William Butler Yeats
Flora Robson Mrs. Cassidy
Maggie Smith Nora
Jack MacGowran Archie
Pauline Delaney Bessie Ballynoy
Philip O'Flynn Mick Mullen
T.P. McKenna Tom
Harry Brogan Murphy
May Cluskey Women in Foyer
John Cowley Barman at Cat & Cage
May Craig
Martin Crosbie Hearsemen
Chris Curran Man in Phoenix Park
Donal Donnelly
Vincent Dowling Hurlers
Bill Foley Publisher's Clerk
John Franklin Bank Teller
Harold Goldblatt Abbey Theatre Manager
Eddie Golden Capt. White
Tom Irwin Constable
Fred Johnson Cab Driver
Joe Lynch
Arthur O'Sullivan Foreman
Sian Phillips Ella
Julie Ross Sara
Robin Sumner Michael
Technical Credits
Jack Cardiff Director
John Ford Director
Anne V. Coates Editor
Marcus Dods Musical Direction/Supervision
Margaret Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Gasser Makeup
Robert Emmett Ginna Producer
Robert D. Graff Producer
Edward Scaife Cinematographer
Michael Stringer Art Director
John Whiting Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Young Cassidy
1. Chapter 1 [2:15]
2. Chapter 2 [2:43]
3. Chapter 3 [3:09]
4. Chapter 4 [2:36]
5. Chapter 5 [3:04]
6. Chapter 6 [1:40]
7. Chapter 7 [4:04]
8. Chapter 8 [3:49]
9. Chapter 9 [2:14]
10. Chapter 10 [2:07]
11. Chapter 11 [3:07]
12. Chapter 12 [1:47]
13. Chapter 13 [1:49]
14. Chapter 14 [2:30]
15. Chapter 15 [4:06]
16. Chapter 16 [2:24]
17. Chapter 17 [2:14]
18. Chapter 18 [2:50]
19. Chapter 19 [2:13]
20. Chapter 20 [2:31]
21. Chapter 21 [2:50]
22. Chapter 22 [3:01]
23. Chapter 23 [3:54]
24. Chapter 24 [1:37]
25. Chapter 25 [3:24]
26. Chapter 26 [1:31]
27. Chapter 27 [4:02]
28. Chapter 28 [1:54]
29. Chapter 29 [4:12]
30. Chapter 30 [3:07]
31. Chapter 31 [2:23]
32. Chapter 32 [2:26]
33. Chapter 33 [3:44]
34. Chapter 34 [3:15]
35. Chapter 35 [3:07]
36. Chapter 36 [3:31]
37. Chapter 37 [2:28]
38. Chapter 38 [2:55]
39. Chapter 39 [2:21]
40. Chapter 40 [1:05]
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