Closing The Ring details
|Starring:||Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Gregory Smith, Stephen Amell, Brenda Fricker, Martin McCann, Pete Postlethwaite, John Travers, Neve Campbell, David Alpay|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL|
Closing The Ring
|Run time:||1 hour 59 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 May 2008|
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Beautifully made, traditional love storyBy CateK (7 reviews) from North London , 04 Apr 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]I loved this film - like something from the Golden Age of Hollywood, this is a beautifully told love story throughout the ages. With the inclusion of the Northern Ireland Troubles, it keeps the plot fresh and intesting. The cast is great and I particularly loved Martin McCann - one of the best young actors to come from our side of the pond...
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Dissapointing RubbishBy 247 (17 reviews) , 14 Apr 2013This should have been a good film but it wasn't. It was immature, unrealistic and contained unnecessary nudity that made it cheep and tacky. I was surprised that Richard Attenborough made such rubbish!
Disappointing - don't botherBy LizzyMack (4 reviews) , 03 May 2012I really hestitate to give so few stars to one of the great directors, but this is really nothing more than an average film. The characters are cliched stereotypes, the story is like something a nine year-old would come up with and while it is quite nice to look at, there is nothing really that grabs or engages you. Also, the widdly Oirish music is bloody annoying, in the scenes that have it, and just one more example of the way this film is built on cliche after cliche.
Painfully awfulBy a customer , 23 Nov 2011When I read that this was a Richard Attenborough film starring Shirley McLaine and Christopher Plummer, I understandably got quite excited and expected it to be good. Boy, was I in for a big disappointment.
The story itself ought to have worked, but the acting by certain cast members (especially Mischa Barton) was quite appalling, she really should have stuck to modelling. There was also gratuitous nudity, totally unnecessary to the plot.
The reasons for Jimmy having to travel were a big distraction, as they had nothing to do with the overall plot. All in all, it was a wasted opportunity, as the story could have been executed far more expertly than it was. To Sir Dickie -you let me down badly,.
Great Love StoryBy rafi (36 reviews) from Beverley , 08 Oct 2011This is a wonderful love story, powerful and tragic. A young man and a woman fall in love. The man has to go to war. The woman is left behind. The man, Teddy, commits his friend Chuck to take care of Ethel if he wont return. Chuck loves Ethel. She does not love him. There is a third man, Jack, who also loves Ethel but is too proud to tell or to admit. Teddy does not return. At the tender age of 21, Ethel feels her life is over. Ten years later, she finally marries Chuck. Jack marries another girl, and another, and a third. He keeps an eye on Ethel.
The film starts when Chuck died. Ethel does not mourn. Chuck was a good man, but she never loved him. At the same time, a young man who is fascinated by airplanes and loves the word fantastic finds in Belfast a ring that belonged to Teddy. He searches for Ethel, and finds her. He wants to close the ring. Ethel needs to close the ring. So does Jack. Both need redemption. Both need to confront their deep, hidden feelings. Both need to overcome the huge shadow of Teddy.
This is a moving film, with great actors (Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer and Martin McCann), great story, sensitive director (Richard Attenborough) and a great song (Lost without You by Amy Pearson). One of the rare movies I watched more than once, and enjoyed both times equally.
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A REAL CLASSIC FROM A BRITISH DIRECTORBy Burnhamite (407 reviews) from BURNHAM , 29 Apr 2011Richard Attenborough once again has brought together a superb cast to tell one on the great romantic stories of World War 2. The flashbacks may cause some confusion early in the movie, but they are most essential to the production. Hopefully Richard Attenborough will continue to direct for many more years.