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- June Regan
Here it is St Patricks Day and I was so lucky to find this movie on TCM, can't believe I have never seen it before.Rod Taylor was terrific in this 50-year-old movie.Some of the landmarks I thought I may have seen before, course probably was filmed on a lot.Maggie Smith has always been one of my favorite people. Just saw the 2nd Marigold Hotel movie where she dies, so guess that is the end of that hotel.I watch TCM often and Thank You for showing this movie on this special day.Don't miss this movie if it comes around again.
The artist as a young Irishman.
This movie personifies why we love the Irish and especially the Irish artist. They come from such a passionate, emotional and at times sad or bittersweet place. Rod Taylor is still sorely missed. He was such a lovely leading man. And everyone else has mentioned Maggie and Julie...Dame Edith and Flora Robson, two of the great ladies of the theatre and films are also splendid. Always thanks for showing this great film.
- kevin sellers
Decent bio pic. I'm never overly fond of movies that ditch their best character about a third of the way through, though. I'm talking, of course, about Julie Christie's sexy, unapologetic vamp. A lot of life went out of this movie when she left. I mean, Maggie Smith is a fine actress, don't get me wrong, but her somber Nora is a bit of a snore next to Christie's happy seductress. Couldn't screenwriter John Whiting have kept both women in the movie as the twin poles of O'Casey's love life? It sure would have provided some tension and conflict that this movie could have used more of. As for whether or not it would have been a better film if John Ford had directed all of it, it's hard to say. It certainly would have been a livelier film. (Wager to say that the country barroom fight, a Ford specialty, was his contribution) On the other hand, you wouldn't have had the envelope pushing (for 1965) sex scenes. Ford was squeamish about that sort of thing. I agree that Rod Taylor was good in the lead. "Solid" and "under-rated" are certainly two words that come to mind when his name is brought up. And the music is lovely. Let's give it a B minus. P.S. I like the running of the end credits before giving Taylor the last line in the picture.
I saw this movie for the first time last night, and it was fantastic!!! Thank you Maggie, I love you. You are one of my favorite female actresses of all times.Thank you Sue
- Gordon Vallins
Such a shame this fine film is not available on DVD especially as we approach the centenary of 1916 and the Dublin Easter Rising. This film explores the background to this violent political event and the build up to it through the eyes of Young Cassidy, an aspiring playwright, and based on that period in real life of Sean O'Casey, a major literary figure and activist. An invaluable historical film aiding us to have insight into one of the major seismic events in Irish history.
Ireland is best seen in May/June,when the day is long and before summer tourist season.Great maggie and Rod acting seen here.
Loved this move!!!
Thank you for showing our Irish movies today. I WANT TO VISIT THERE MORE THAN EVER!!!! This was an excellent movie. I felt so part of Mr Taylor's world...Great portrayal of the Irish Rebellion in 1910.
Requesting 'Young Cassidy'
- Dr. Frank Braio
"Young Cassidy" is a beautiful movie. Brilliantly acted, written, cast, photographed, directed, etc.Why is it not available to us in DVD format?Why is it not available to us in any format?Just seeing the performances of Julie Christie, Maggie Smith, Michael Redgrave, Rod Taylor, etc.should be enough to gain it a large audience and profits for its distributor.Sean O'Casey's meetings with Yeats are wonderful. And some of the lines and scenes in the film are priceless. Can we get this movie available to us???????
A Gritty Little Biopic
- Henry Hoffman
The film had a swiftness in the edit & Jack Cardiff's cimematography (as well as his direction) was precise in its visualization of the grittiness of the Troubles. Rod Taylor was always a highly appealing leading man w/ just enough actorish husk to suggest a cut above those stud-men who relied only on their vanity & Maggie Smith (being an acolyte of Olivier's great Nat'l Theatre ensemble) demonstrated some choices that dazzled. I appreciated John Whiting (screenplay), being a literate playwright of the school of Christopher Fry (I believe it was Whiting who wrote the play THE DEVILS), moving the awkward chunks of bio exposition along, esp. in the Redgrave-Evans (Yeats & Lady Gregory) backstory, which was a hair's breath from being wincingly uncomfortable had it not been for the protean talents of the two actors. Good to see that great Beckett actor Jack MacGowran & the brief tenderness of Flora Robson, who (unfortunately) underachieved in film by pretty much playing heinz 57 varieties of what she codified in WUTHERING HEIGHTS.
I LOVE this movie! The scene were he sings & kisses her by the water is the most romantic/sensual scene ever!!! Ahhhh..Rod Taylor at his best!!!
a great film about a great playwright.
I am very, very fond of this film, and I always look for it on the TCM schedule around this time of year. What a wonderful cast! It is surely Rod Taylor's finest work, and Maggie Smith touches my heart every time I see it. This film was a labor of love for those who made it, and it shows. I hope it will be rediscovered by a new generation - and I'm rooting for a DVD release!
A tip of the cup to Sean O'Casey...
John Ford started this film based on O'Casey's `Mirror in My House.' A heart attack brought on director/cinematographer Jack Cardiff and Ford's absence is missed. But what's here is a poignant telling of ambition, art an romance amid the drama of the Easter Rising that's both memorable and indelible. Much of that is thanks to Sean O'Riada's beautiful score for this film. I was told that the Irish composer wrote and recorded a lot more music than was used in the film, and was angry about its loss. Overall, this film should have been a classic film, instead, it's wonderful film full of life and no small measure of legend. The end of the film is one of the best endings imaginable. `Young Cassidy' is a personal treasure of a movie. It needs to be on DVD-- and the score released for study-- and enjoyment.
A lovely, obscure movie
I want to thank TCM for scheduling this movie for viewing. My husband and I saw it in a theater years ago, and loved it. It was never available on commercial VHS much less on DVD, and is well worth seeing. The film depicts the early life of Irish playwright, Sean O'Casey, and features a fine cast including members of the Abbey Players. I believe this is one of Rod Taylor's best performances, and we have a chance to see Maggie Smith and Sian Phillips in early roles. The direction by Jack Cardiff and John Huston is excellent. Perhaps some viewers will be inspired to read or see some of O'Casey's dramas. like the Plough and the Stars, or read his multi-part biography. He wrote eloquently of political controversy and the contradictions in his nation. His views made him an exile. I'm grateful TCM is providing everyone with a chance to see this film.
Young Cassidy on dvd
Many of us are getting tired and appalled at the sexual/violence/foul language content hollywood feels will attract business. This movie is heartwarming, family friendly and inoffensive. I could watch it many times and enjoy it. The acting is good, and autibiographies as a whole are informative, pleasant to watch, and at least have a message.