“Bull” McCabe’s family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public auction, McCabe knows that he must own it. But while no one in the village would dare bid against him, an American with deep pockets decides that he needs the field to build a highway. The Bull and his son decide to convince the American to give up bidding on the field, but things go horribly wrong. —IMDb
Jim Sheridan is a master story teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City, and was low on finances at first. He eventually made his first film, _My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown (1989) _ starring Daniel Day-Lewis, about the Irish artist Christy Brown, who only had control of his left foot.
The film was a surprise success, with both Day-Lewis and co-star Brenda Fricker winning Oscars for their performances. Sheridan received two Oscar nominations for Best Director (he lost to Oliver Stone) and Best Screenplay. It was an amazing debut film, and at age 40, Sheridan was a late bloomer to the film industry. He followed up “My Left Foot” with the film The Field (1990). Starring Richard Harris a then-unknown Sean Bean and John Hurt, this film was… read more
First watch The Quiet Man to see the gorgeous view of a imagined/remembered Ireland, then watch this as the counterpoint delivered from the perspective of lived events. The same basic story, two vastly different experiences.