The Playboys
The Playboys (1992)

In a small Irish village of the 1950s, a young woman (Robin Wright) triggers an uproar by refusing to name the father of the child she's having out of wedlock.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 22, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Variety Staff

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

With time, place and mood sensitively evoked, this is solid, intelligent entertainment, mercifully free of the usual 'Oirish' clichés.

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Empire Magazine

Not amazing but watchable.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It seems like everyone had a ball; I know I did.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

There's magic in it.


The wry Irish wit sits like froth on the head of a glass of Guinness, masking a deceptively bitter brew.

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Jeff Menell
Hollywood Reporter

This absorbing film boasts several outstanding performances as well as a richness in both story and character that is much too rare these days.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

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.

Emanuel Levy

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.

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