Rory O'Shea Was Here

Rory O'Shea Was Here

Director: Damien O'Donnell Cast: James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai

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Overview

Two guys facing more challenges than most people learn some valuable lessons about life and love in this comedy drama. Michael Connolly (Steven Robertson) is a young man in his early twenties who suffers from cerebral palsy; confined to a wheelchair, Michael's speech is unintelligible to all but a handful of people, and his situation has made him shy and withdrawn as he spends his days at a home for the disabled in Dublin. One day, a new arrival moves in at the home -- Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy), a lad about Michael's age who suffers from muscular dystrophy and can only use two fingers on one hand. This, however, hasn't stopped Rory from developing a sharp tongue, a quick wit, a taste for alcohol, and the courage to put the moves on any women who crosses his path. Rory can also understand Michael's attempts at speech, and Rory puts his outsized personality to work encouraging his new friend to become more outgoing and not to let life pass him by, despite his handicaps. In time, Rory and Michael are able to convince Eileen (Brenda Fricker), director of the home, that they should be allowed to get an apartment on their own, and the boys use their stipend to rent a flat and hire an assistant to help with the tasks they can't manage. Rory chooses Siobhan (Romola Garai) for the job, mainly because she's blonde and pretty, and she soon becomes attracted to him; unfortunately, Michael has fallen in love with her, and this leads to a major rift between him and Rory that drives them apart. Screened in the United Kingdom as Inside I'm Dancing and in the United States as Rory O'Shea Was Here, the film won the Audience Award at the 2004 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/14/2005
UPC: 0025192752322
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:45:00
Sales rank: 56,996

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Extended party sequence; Alternate ending

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James McAvoy Rory O'Shea
Steven Robertson Michael Connolly
Romola Garai Siobhán
Gerard McSorley Fergus Connolly
Tom Hickey Con O'Shea
Brenda Fricker Eileen
Stanley Townsend Actor

Technical Credits
Damien O'Donnell Director
Nick Angel Musical Direction/Supervision
Tim Bevan Executive Producer
Wendy Brazington Casting
Jeffrey Caine Screenwriter
Tom Conroy Production Designer
Eric Fellner Executive Producer
James Flynn Producer
David Julyan Score Composer
Lorna Mugan Costumes/Costume Designer
Morgan O'Sullivan Executive Producer
Frances Parker Editor
Peter J. Robertson Cinematographer
Jon Stevenson Sound/Sound Designer
Catherine Tiernan Co-producer
Natascha Wharton Executive Producer
Juanita Wilson Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Institutional Living [3:07]
2. Loud Introduction [4:17]
3. The Gift of Communication [6:56]
4. Tea Time [3:36]
5. Charitable Cause [5:33]
6. All Access [5:47]
7. Preemptive Response [2:56]
8. Two for the Price of One [4:23]
9. Desperate Measures [6:11]
10. Independent Living [2:50]
11. Right for the Job [6:40]
12. The Hurt Inside [4:11]
13. Intimate Care [2:05]
14. Nothing to Offer [5:03]
15. Masquerade [7:15]
16. Disheartened Disabilities [7:27]
17. Lasting Impression [6:34]
18. Legal Right [7:33]
19. Life is Good [3:38]
20. End Titles [4:10]

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Rory O'Shea Was Here 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The acting was really good in this with some familiar faces and some funny moments and sad, especially near the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie last night with my family. It had me laughing and crying. James McAvoy did a absolutley brilliant job as the fast talking Rory O'Shea. Steven Robertson, who played Michael did a stunning job as a man who has Cerebral Palsy. It was extremely well filmed, well acted, and an excellent movie. I recommend it fully.