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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


The Playboys
Directed by Gilles MacKinnon
Warner Home Video 04/92 DVD/VHS Feature Film

The Playboys (Samuel Goldwyn) is set in a small Irish village in 1957. In the best performance of her career, Robin Wright plays a strong-willed woman with an illegitimate infant son who is the talk of the town. Although an uninspiring policeman (Albert Finney) is madly in love with her, she falls for an actor (Aidan Quinn) in a traveling theatre company. Written by Shane Connaughton (My Left Foot) and Kerry Crabbe, this engaging drama directed by Gillies Mackinnon conveys how the submerged passions of the townsfolk are drawn out by the visiting actors and then smotiered by the community's all powerful priest (Alan Devlin). With its idiosyncratic charactars, The Playboys reveals both the delights and the drawbacks of small town life.


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