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

Evelyn, did Jesus have a big sister?

No, Dermot, he didn't.

He wasn't as lucky as you.

He had two daddies, though.

God the Father and Joseph the carpenter.

Did Joseph ever do a bit of painting

and decorating like my dad?

Evelyn, you take the boys home.

l'll go find your mother.

-All right, Dad.

-Good girl.

l want the big one.

The big one's mine.

l'm the biggest. Come on.

l told you l was just going to the pub

for a Christmas drink.

Why kick up such a fuss?

Who was he?

You were all over him like a bloody rash.

Don't be stupid.

Sounds like Mommy and Daddy are back.

Right in front of all our friends, too.


You frozen little mites.

Come here, now.

We were arguing

if the chimney was wide enough for Santa.

lt's great we're on the top floor

so Santa can park his reindeers, and that.

lt is. He's got the whole roof to land on.

Say goodnight to Mommy.

When will Santa be here?

Santa's gonna be here very soon.

Off to bed with the lot of you.

-Santa will come when you're asleep.

-l won't be able to sleep.

You will, love. Take your jumper

and boots off. Not up on the bed.

-You all right?

-Yes, Daddy.

Okay. All right. Night-night.

Daddy, where's the carriages?

Son, Santa was a bit

strapped for cash this year.

lt costs a lot of money to feed those elves.

How much do they cost?

lt costs lots and lots.

Happy Christmas.


My little Christmas angel.

l hope you were a good girl. Were you?

-There's Granddad.

-Happy Christmas, everybody!

All right. Look at what you've got there.

Thanks, Granddad!


No money, no job.

Happy Christmas.

Look on the bright side, son.

Come the New Year, you'll have a new job.

You and the kids will be set up.

The world will be your oyster.

We never died a winter yet.

Oh, of all the money

that ever I earned

I spent it in good company

And all the harm that ever I done

Heidi, we're going to see Angela.

She's my best friend.

She has a dolly, too.

l'm sure she'd like to meet you.

Mommy's going shopping, Heidi.

Do you like her nice new shoes and coat?

But this is St. Stephen's Day.

Mommy, come back, it's St. Stephen's Day.

The shops are shut!


Be quiet.



Mommy's gone. She was all dressed up

when she went away with a man in a car.

Jesus, don't let me down now. Come on.

She's your daughter.

You say you don't know where she's gone?

She's your wife,

and you don't know, do you?

l always said this would end in tears.

Should never have got stuck

with a corner boy like you.

Who's her fancy man?

ls it the bastard l saw her with in the pub?

-Your language is appalling.

-Your bloody....

Your bloody daughter is appalling.

l hope you don't use language like that

in front of your daughter.

Don't tell me how to bring up

my own daughter.

You obviously know sweet F.A. about it.

Where did she meet him? ln the pub?

No, you're the one who spends all his time

there. No wonder she got sick of you.

-l treated her well.


l never raised a hand in anger to her once,

though she gave me just cause for it.

Maybe that's where l went wrong.

Here you are, love.

Hot milk.

Christmas pudding.

You want some of this?

lt's very nice.


Why not? You must be starving.

She made it.

Maurice, give him the ball back.

l hear her fancy man is English.

Bastard. l might have guessed.

Good day, gentlemen.

l'm lnspector Logan of the SPCC.

Mrs. Daisley, your mother-in-law, l believe,

told us of your plight.


The Society

for Prevention of Cruelty to Children?

That's correct.

ls she saying

that l've been cruel to my kids?

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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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