Cal (1984)

In the opening scenes of this politically-oriented drama, a killer enters the home of a policeman and in a shocking sequence murders him in cold blood -- an act that becomes the key to the rest of this film about the conflict between… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 24, 1984
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Time Out

The symbolism is thrashed just a little hard at times, but on the whole it's a most impressive debut from O'Connor, strongly acted all round.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[A] trite, weepy, rather contrived tale -- you feel that every extra who passes in the street has a more involving, authentic story to tell.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Cal tells a story that has been told many times before, but tells it quietly and powerfully about a particular time and place: Northern Ireland in the 1980s.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Has its powerful moments.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Miss Mirren, through a reserve that disappears layer by layer, makes Marcella a woman of unexpected substance and generosity, one who is no more comfortable with the pain and paradoxes of Northern Ireland than Cal is himself.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A taut, compelling film about the tension, distrust and senseless violence in contemporary Ireland.

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