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Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children, Evelyn, Dermot and Maurice, make it clear to the authorities that his is an untenable situation. The Catholic Church and the Irish courts decide to put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages.

  1. Paul Pender


  2. Bruce Beresford


Top Billed Cast

  1. Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    Desmond Doyle

  2. Sophie Vavasseur

    Sophie Vavasseur

    Evelyn Doyle

  3. Aidan Quinn

    Aidan Quinn

    Nick Barron

  4. Julianna Margulies

    Julianna Margulies

    Bernadette Beattie

  5. Stephen Rea

    Stephen Rea

    Michael Beattie

  6. Alan Bates

    Alan Bates

    Thomas Connolly

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 32m

Budget -

Revenue -

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Release Information

  • December 13, 2002
    PG, Theatrical



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