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

and his daughter, Evelyn Doyle...

will be committed

to St. Joseph's School in Dublin.

And l hope you don't have to leave them

in care for too long.


Come here. Come sit down.

-l wanna go home.

-l know you wanna go home.

We're gonna go home soon. Listen.

l love you very much.

You must understand that.

Granddad, there's St. Joseph, Jesus' daddy!

l'll pray to him to get us home.

He'll understand.

That's right, love, he'll understand.

Mr. Doyle, l'm Brother Eustace.

Look at the rays.

-Do you know what these are?

-No, Granddad.

Angel rays.

-Angel rays?


These mean that your guardian angel is

reminding you that he's waiting to help you.

All you have to do is believe in him.

Angel rays.

Look, pet, your favorites.

He's helping you already.

Granddad, please don't leave me here.

l don't want to stay here with the Sisters.

l hate them!

They're the Brides of Christ.

Then why do they wear

black, horrible dresses?

Brides should wear white dresses!

What's going on?

Have you been bold, young lady?

lt's all right.

l just dropped a tube of fruit gums.

-Come along, now.


Granddad, please don't go.

-Let go, now.

-Let go of me!

Please, Granddad!

Please be a good girl for the Sisters.

l'll come back and see you soon.

Disgraceful performance.

We'll teach you some manners in here.

We'll get you cleaned up,

you dirty little tinker.

Mr. Doyle.

Sister, please don't cut her hair.

lt's her father's pride and joy.

Thank you, Sister Brigid.

l'm sure we'll manage fine.

One large nun should be enough

to scrub one small girl.

Of course, Sister Felicity.

l was just making sure

she didn't throw another tantrum.

She's a willful one.

Wasn't our Lord a willful one, too?

l'm sure she'll be fine. Won't you?

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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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