Young Cassidy

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"He's a brawling, sprawling giant - on the make for fame and fortune and then some!"
  • Approved
  • 1965
  • 1 hr 50 min
  • 6.5  (1,262)

Young Cassidy is a biographical drama film that tells the story of the early life of Irish playwright and writer, Sean O'Casey. The film was directed by Jack Cardiff and starred Rod Taylor, Julie Christie, and Maggie Smith. The movie takes place in Dublin in the early 1900s, during a time of great social and political change in Ireland. It follows the life of a young man named John Cassidy, played by Rod Taylor, who dreams of becoming a writer. However, he struggles to find his voice and purpose in life, despite being surrounded by a vibrant artistic scene.

Early on in the film, we see Cassidy move from job to job, never quite fitting in or finding fulfillment. He works as a laborer, a tram conductor, and even briefly joins a traveling circus. However, through these experiences, Cassidy is exposed to the harsh realities of life for the working-class in Ireland, which later informs his writing.

At a pub one night, Cassidy meets a group of young bohemian artists, including the fiery poet and political activist, Nora (played by Julie Christie), and the talented and ambitious painter, Charlie (played by Michael Redgrave).

Inspired by Nora's passion for Irish independence and Charlie's creative vision, Cassidy starts writing plays and eventually becomes involved in the Irish nationalist movement. He is especially drawn to the plight of the poor and downtrodden, and his writing reflects this social and political awareness.

As Cassidy's plays gain popularity, he becomes more and more involved in the nationalist cause, a decision that puts him at odds with his family and friends. However, he remains committed to his beliefs and continues to write works that highlight the struggles of the Irish people.

Throughout the film, we see the different facets of Cassidy's personality. He is a dreamer and a romantic, but also a man of action and principle. Despite his flaws, he is a sympathetic and relatable character who represents the struggles and hopes of the Irish people during a tumultuous period in their history.

In addition to the strong performances from the cast, Young Cassidy features stunning cinematography that captures the beauty and grit of Dublin in the early 1900s. The film also features a memorable score by composer John Addison, which adds to its emotional impact.

Overall, Young Cassidy is a powerful and moving film that tells the story of an important figure in Irish literature and politics. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in Irish history, literature, or film.

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    6.5  (1,262)