Jimmy's Hall

Synopsis: 1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy's friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O'Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the "intruder" reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren't they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his "dangerous" hall.
Director(s): Ken Loach
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min


I say there'll be a crowd at the

house tonight for you, Jimmy, huh?

When did they let you out, Mossie?

Just a month ago, after the

new government came in, like.

How long did you serve?

Three years.

Awful tough on Angela.

We had to send our eldest one, Kate,

off to her auntie in Scotland.

- Is she back yet?

- Nah, I have to find some work first.

Sorry old state now, Jimmy, huh?

Meself and Tommy keep an eye on

the roof as best we can like, but...

Some ghosts in there, eh?

I still miss it.

Go on, Dixie.

Go on, Dixie. Walk on.

Well, now.

Whoa, Dixie. Stand there now.




- You're back.

- How are you?

Too long. Too long.

I know. Sorry I didn't make

it back for Charlie's funeral.

Just been to the grave.

Oh, he was a good son, but this

farm is a mess without him.

Ah, you bastard.

God bless you, Jimmy.


Where's this bloody rogue?

I could smell you were back.

Great to see you. I can't

believe they let you out.

About bloody time. Did you get lost?

You were sorely missed, Jimmy.

Great to have you back.

Thank you, Finn.

- I believe you got married recently.

- I did.

There's some fierce desperate

women in Leitrim...

Well, Jimmy. Jimmy.

You must have been around the

world twenty times by now.

Well, thanks be to God you're

back here now with your mother

because, you know,

it was lonely here for her.

Very, very lonely.

I missed you so much.

Well, I'm home now to look after you.

It's great to see you all.

Lovely to see you, Jimmy.

What will you do with

yourself, Jimmy?

Well, I'll settle back down with Mam,

and I've missed the land.

- I want a quiet life now.

- Oh, I'll take bets on that.

- Eh? A quiet life.

- You're on! Ten to one.

I'll have some of your Yankee

dollars off you, boy, huh?

I'm gonna hold you to that.

Oonagh. Oonagh!

- For your children.

- Oh, thank you.

For you.


You look well, Oonagh.

A bit grey around the edges.

Still like a hungry whippet, though.

Why did you stop writing, Jimmy?

You know why.

How are the children?

Healthy. Full of spirit, thank God.

- And Fintan?

- A good, steady man. Loving father.

- You?

- Ah. Same as ever.

Nobody's the same

after ten years, Jimmy.

I have to get back. Thanks for these.

Hey, Jimmy.

He's very quiet.

Ah, give him time.

He's not the same man that went away.

- Ah, he'll settle.

- Will he?

He might. He might.

Far cry from New York, eh, Jimmy?

You don't get this down on Broadway.

And here you are back down the

same feckin' bog in Leitrim, huh?

- Wet feet.

- And a wet arse.

Aye, but nobody yelling orders

at ya. Can't beat that.

Well, word... word travels fast.

Must be a great relief

to see your son again.

It is.

- Is he well?

- He's very well, Father.

Thank you.

A lot of water under the bridge.

But, you know,

New York is a tough place.

It'll be quite a shock from city

life to our humble country ways.

Do you think he's matured?

Well, we all change, Father.

Wouldn't you agree?

Well, God willing, we all

change for the better.

Do you think he'll, er...

do you think he'll stay?

He was born in this house, Father.

The decision will be his.

I will leave that up to him.

You know, we've suffered great

violence in this country, Alice.


Brother against brother,

and neighbour against neighbour.

Scars on the heart,

they take a long time to heal.

But I... I sense a new atmosphere,

you know, of... of change.

Of forgiveness.

Would you agree?

Oh, I would agree, Father,

but there must be mutual respect.

Well, let's pray there'll be no

slipping back to the old ways.

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Paul Laverty

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