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Gillies MacKinnon directed this charming Irish romance, taking place in a small Irish village in 1957, just before the first television set makes an appearance in this conservative hamlet. There is a scandal in the village concerning the beautiful and independent Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) -- Tara is pregnant and refuses to identify the father. She goes into labor during Sunday Mass, which raises the ire of the parish priest (Alan Devlin), who thinks God will bring bad times down on the village for Tara's effrontery. The priest feels Tara should marry the local town constable, Sgt.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This familiar pattern of headstrong girl and passions brimming beneath the surface is well directed by first time Scottish helmer Gillies MacKinnon, though the pace slows in middle reels as plot gives way to the troupe's enjoyable stage performances."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"With time, place and mood sensitively evoked, this is solid, intelligent entertainment, mercifully free of the usual 'Oirish' clichés."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Not amazing but watchable."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"This bit of blarney depicts a sweet, silly love triangle in 1950s provincial Ireland."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"All in all, The Playboys is an Irish treat."
‑ Pamela Bruce, Austin Chronicle
"It seems like everyone had a ball; I know I did."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"There's magic in it."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The wry Irish wit sits like froth on the head of a glass of Guinness, masking a deceptively bitter brew."
‑ , Film4
"Rfeveals the delights and the drawbacks of small town life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This absorbing film boasts several outstanding performances as well as a richness in both story and character that is much too rare these days."
‑ Jeff Menell, Hollywood Reporter
"Mr. Finney, looking puffy and ravaged in the role of a man who has lost much of himself to drink (and whose obsessive interest in Tara somehow offers him the chance of redemption), brings a furious, buried intensity to Hegarty's longing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The film is set in 1957, before TV and cars became popular, thus explaining the centrality of two institutions in the Irish village: the church and the theater."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The Playboys is low-key and disarming, and its appeal sneaks up on you."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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