The Dead
The Dead (1987)

The final film of legendary director John Huston was based on the closing story of James Joyce's Dubliners. Anjelica Huston is top-billed as Gretta Conroy, the niece by marriage of turn-of-century Irish spinsters Kate Morkan (Helena… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 1987
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Anjelica Huston is effective as a woman mourning a love lost.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

A beguiling chamber piece.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

The film is a masterpiece, both a worthy translation of James Joyce's story and a wonderful summation of John Huston's career.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

There's also a rather awesome and unpretentious directness as well as calmness about the way that Huston contemplates his own rapidly approaching death.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

That Huston should have dared search for the story's cinema life is astonishing. That he should have found it with such seeming ease is the mark of a master.

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Emanuel Levy

A personal film for John Huston, starring daughter Anjelica and adapted to the screen by son Tony, this very last work evokes beautifully the mood and texture of James Joyce's lyrical story.

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Variety Staff

A well-crafted miniature, this dramatization of the Joyce story directly addresses the theme of how the 'shades' from 'that other world' can still live in those who still walk the earth.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's a certain disarming sweetness to the film. The scenes are lit in amber warmth and Joyce's Dublin fable of lost hopes and living memories is treated with respect. But the acting pool is only adequate.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... a small masterpiece, a film of exquisite grace and understated power.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Irish bourgeois gather for the Feast of the Epiphany in this adaptation of James Joyce's story. When I read Joyce's story in… More
John Ballantine
Disappointing adaptation of the last story in Joyce's Dubliners. It has dullness written all over it. It makes Merchant Ivory seem like Rambo.
Pierluigi Puccini
It carries a whole universe of emotions.
Erin Collins
I really didn't care for this movie. I've already forgotten what it was about.
Jameson Worley
This is a boring watch. However, it is important to keep in mind that it's intentional. The story is supposed to be awkward, so to the audience, the film… More
Leo L
Fantastic movie.