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THE MAGDALENE SISTERS
USA: Miramax Films
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Eileen Walsh, Mary Murray, Britta Smith, Frances Healy, Chris Simpson, Eithne McGuinness, Phyllis MacMahon, Julie Austin, Sean McDonagh
Director: Peter Mullan
Countries: UK / Ireland
UK: 119 mins
USA Rated: R for violence/cruelty, nudity, sexual content and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains some strong language, sex references and hanging scene
USA Release Date: 1 August 2003 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 21 February 2003
From the acclaimed director of ORPHANS, THE MAGDALENE SISTERS is a powerful and emotional journey, charting several years in the young lives of four 'fallen women' who find themselves incarcerated by the Catholic church, to work in their laundry business.
Set in 1964, THE MAGDALENE SISTERS is based on true accounts of the Magdalene laundries in Ireland, which eventually closed in 1996 after an estimated 30,000 women had been detained.
The film stars Geraldine McEwan (LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES) as Sister Bridget, Anne Marie Duff (ENIGMA, MILD AND BITTER) as Margaret, Eileen Walsh (NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, JANICE BEARD 45WPM) as Crispina, Dorothy Duffy (THE LOVES OF CASS MCGUIRE) as Rose and marks the acting debut of Nora Jane Noone as Bernadette.