Synopsis: 1953. 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 Irish courts put the Doyle children into Church-run orphanages. Although a sympathetic judge assures Desmond that he'll get his children back after he gets a job, he learns there's another barrier. During that time, Evelyn suffers abuse while Desmond goes to court to get his children back. A barmaid, her brother, her suitor, and a tippling footballer become Desmond's team.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Bruce Beresford
Production: MGM/UA
  2 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Not at all, Mr. Doyle.

We only have the children's welfare at heart.

To lose their mother at this age

can have a traumatizing effect.

How's that any business of yours?

l'm here to help you.

l understand you've no income

to support your family.



Do you have any female relatives

to call upon?

Maureen. Des' mother, died a long time ago.

Then, Mr. Doyle, you have no choice but

to approach the authorities for assistance.

l will arrange for the Sisters to call.

We don't need your charity.

You have no job

and no mother for your children.

He's right, son.

All right.

Send in the nuns.

Sit still.

But l don't like cabbage.

lt is very good for you.

Eat it up. l don't want to hear about it.

You are a painter and decorator by trade,

but your attempts to secure employment...

since your wife's departure

have been unsuccessful.

Yes, sir. Your Honor.

But it's only been a couple of weeks.

And there's a big job coming up

at the Robert West House...

but that's not until the end of March.

And you have no other source of revenue?

Sir, my father, Henry,

who's sitting here, and myself...

we're setting up a tour of the Dublin pubs.

Surely that will represent expenditure

rather than income.

No, Your Honor.

We'll be playing music for money.

My father was a professional musician.

He played for Radio Eireann

until retirement age.

Dessie has a fine voice, Your Honor.

l'm sure he has.

But you won't be able to support your family

on that alone, will you?

Maybe not, Your Honor.

Under Section 10

of the Children's Act, 1941 ...

l hereby rule that

until there is a significant improvement...

in the domestic and financial circumstances

of Desmond Doyle...

his two sons, Dermot and Maurice...

will be placed in care

of the Christian Brothers in Kilkenny...

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Paul Pender

Paul Pender (June 20, 1930 – January 12, 2003), was an American boxer and fire-fighter from Massachusetts who held the World Middleweight Championship. more…

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