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by John B. Keane

The Irish in Film
A Complete List of Irish Films

 Title  Durango
Cattle have always been an important part of Ireland. Early Ireland based its economy on cattle. The Tain, the saga of Ireland, tells of a king and a queen bragging who had the largest herd and the best bull. During the potato famine, Ireland produced record amounts of beef. Yet, this film made many scratch their heads and dub it an Irish western. But what it's all about is the underlying rift between Catholic and Protestant landowners. The film is set in 1939 -- less than 20 years after Ireland became a Free State. Though Catholics could now own land, roadblocks to success existed everywhere. You can't drive your cattle if landowners will not let you pass and won't allow you in the market square. Old traditions die hard. It is not the cattle driving that is new, just that Catholics are making the profit. Link to reviews Click picture
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 Year   1999      Type   Drama    Rating   
 Director  Brent Shields  Writer  Walter Bernstein
 Cast  Matt Keeslar, Patrick Bergin, George Hearn, Brenda Fricker,
  Nancy St. Alban, Dermot Martin


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