The Hanging Gale - DVD - £5.99 delivered

The Hanging Gale - DVD - £5.99 delivered

Found 24th Apr 2007
May be of limited interest, but an excellent piece of drama for the price. I paid £20 in the BBC shop for this last summer when it came out.


It is the 1840s in Donegal, Ireland. The Phelan family are struggling to save themselves from being evicted from their homestead by an English land agent during the potato famine.


Michael Kitchen ; Joe McGann ; Paul McGann ; Mark McGann ; Stephen McGann ; Fiona Victory

Diarmuid Lawrence

15 years and over
Year 1995

Fullscreen 4:3

English - Dolby Digital

3 hours and 18 minutes (approx)

Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.

Amazon user review:

This is the best screen portrayal of the Irish famine I've ever seen - avoiding the usual tedious martyring of the Irish and vilification of the English. The McGann brothers are all spot on with their performances, not a bad one amongst the whole cast, and Michael Kitchen is especially good as the land agent.

You won't regret buying this. It may make depressing viewing, but it's wonderful nonetheless.
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Great ensemble piece not only for the McGanns but for a group of strong … Great ensemble piece not only for the McGanns but for a group of strong Irish actors (plus the estimable Michael Kitchen) this is an unflinchingly close up view of the effects of the pan-European potato famine in one tiny portion of the north of Ireland.The script wisely avoids casting the English as "the villains" - rather it is the system of absentee English landlords and local grasping profiteers who break the community up. The crossfire of politics, starvation and government indifference creates enormous suffering, graphically portrayed and stunningly contrasted with the wild and romantic scenery.

Nice work Dio
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