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Status: Released

Runtime: 86

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Language: en

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6.0/10 (1 vote)


The relationship between brothers Terry and Matt, both active in the IRA, comes under strain when Terry begins to question the use of violence.


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Director: Basil Dearden

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John Mills

John Mills
as Terence Sullivan

Dirk Bogarde

Dirk Bogarde
as Matt Sullivan

Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty
as Shinto

Elizabeth Sellars

Elizabeth Sellars
as Maureen Fagan

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A review by John Chard

Ealing take on the Irish Troubles.

Directed by Basil Dearden and adapted to screenplay from his own play by Roger MacDougal, The Gentle Gunman finds John Mills and Dirk Bogarde as brothers in the IRA circa 1941. Matt (Bogarde) is the young and hungry in the name of the cause brother, Terence (Mills) has grown tired of the violence and questions the IRA’s methods. This puts a strain on their relationship, whilst it also puts Terence on a collision course with the IRA superiors who brand him as a traitor.

The Irish Troubles has never been an easy subject to broach in movies, the political... read the rest.


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