The Secret of Roan Inish

The Secret of Roan Inish

Mick Lally
Director: John Sayles Cast: Mick Lally
Mick Lally
, Eileen Colgan
Eileen Colgan
, John Lynch
John Lynch
John Sayles


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The magic of folklore forms the basis of this Irish tale by writer-director John Sayles. Adapted from the book Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, the 1940s story is told from the point-of-view of Fiona (Jeni Courtney), a young girl sent to live with her grandparents in an Irish fishing town. Her grandfather weaves grand stories about the family's evacuation from their home on the tiny island of Roan Inish and about his great-great grandfather, who once cheated death at the hands of the unforgiving sea. As she meets other villagers, Fiona hears even more personal stories about an uncle who married a beautiful, part-human/ part-seal and about how the sea stole her baby brother during the departure from Roan Inish. Later, Fiona believes that she has found Jamie romping in the grass on Roan Inish, and she must convince the family of her vision. While Roan Inish has the feel of a family film, it shares with other Sayles works a character who learns history through storytelling, such as Sam Deeds in Lone Star (1996) and Dr. Fuentes in Men with Guns (1997). Sayles builds cohesive stories from multiple voices, showing the importance of oral history and indicating that learning the past can alter the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2020
UPC: 0857789008730
Original Release: 1994
Rating: PG
Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 6,447

Special Features

Closed Caption; "The Secret of Roan Inish"; "Passion Fish"; "Swallows and Amazons"; "Zoo"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mick Lally Hugh
Eileen Colgan Tess
John Lynch Tadhg
Jeni Courtney Fiona
Richard Sheridan Eamon
Cillian Byrne Jamie
Pat Slowey Priest
Dave Duffy Jim
Declan Hannigan Oldest brother
Fergal McElherron Sean Michael
Frankie McCafferty Tim
Gerald Rooney Liam
Susan Lynch Selkie
Linda Greer Brigid
Brendan Conroy Flynn
Eddie Erskine Bar Patron
Suzanne Gallagher Selkie's Daughter
Pat Howey Priest
Mícheál MacCárthaigh Schoolmaster
Eugene McHugh Bar Patron
Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir Barmaid
Gerard Rooney Liam Coneelly
Tony Rubini Bar Patron

Technical Credits
John Sayles Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Dennis Bosher Art Director
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Conroy Set Decoration/Design
Mason K. Daring Score Composer
Sarah Green Producer
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Glenn R. Jones Executive Producer
Peter Mcaleese Asst. Director
R. Paul Miller Associate Producer
Peter Newman Executive Producer
Maggie Renzi Producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Adrian Smith Production Designer
Haskell Wexler Cinematographer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Secret of Roan Inish
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [6:11]
2. Chapter 2 [5:16]
3. Chapter 3 [8:39]
4. Chapter 4 [3:35]
5. Chapter 5 [6:09]
6. Chapter 6 [9:25]
7. Chapter 7 [13:35]
8. Chapter 8 [4:58]
9. Chapter 9 [3:43]
10. Chapter 10 [4:17]
11. Chapter 11 [5:53]
12. Chapter 12 [3:38]
13. Chapter 13 [8:25]
14. Chapter 14 [5:28]
15. Chapter 15 [7:30]
16. Chapter 16 [5:34]
17. Chapter 17 [:01]

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