The Gentle Gunman

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

  1. Roger MacDougall


  2. Basil Dearden


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  1. John Mills

    John Mills

    Terence Sullivan

  2. Dirk Bogarde

    Dirk Bogarde

    Matt Sullivan

  3. Robert Beatty

    Robert Beatty


  4. Elizabeth Sellars

    Elizabeth Sellars

    Maureen Fagan

  5. Barbara Mullen

    Barbara Mullen

    Molly Fagan

  6. Eddie Byrne

    Eddie Byrne


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 26m

Budget -

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • January 1, 1952
    12, Theatrical



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A review by John Chard

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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