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Jimmy's Hall (2014)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 30 May 2014 (UK)
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During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

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1932. Jimmy Gralton is back home in the Irish countryside after ten years of forced exile in the USA. His widowed mother Alice is happy, Jimmy's friends are happy, all the young people who enjoy dancing and singing are happy. Which is not the case of Father Sheridan, the local priest, nor of the village squire, nor of Dennis O'Keefe, the chief of the fascists. The reason is simple: Jimmy is a socialist activist. So when the "intruder" reopens the village hall, thus enabling the villagers to gather to sing, dance, paint, study or box, they take a dim view of the whole thing. People who think and unite are difficult to manipulate, aren't they? From that moment on they will use every means possible to get rid of Jimmy and his "dangerous" hall. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Where Anything Goes and Everyone Belongs See more »


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Rated PG-13 for language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,254, 17 July 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$560,341, 30 October 2015
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Trivia

There are no remnants of the original Hall left. The building of The Hall was built in Glasgow, then flat packed and shipped to Ireland. See more »

Goofs

Tobacco consumption (cigarettes, snuff and pipes) was extremely widespread at the time, yet none of the characters are seen to smoke, even at raucous social occasions. See more »

Quotes

O'Keefe: "Is it Christ or Gralton?" I think those were the words of several parish priests...
Father Seamus: I suspect if Christ was here today, there'd be several members of this parish who would have Him crucified again. That's what I suspect!
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, at the end of a long list of people and organisations under the heading Thank You, Dixie the horse, Cabundie the donkey and Homer the three-legged dog are mentioned. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La noche de...: Jimmy's Hall (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar Foot Strut
Written by Harry Myers, Billie Pierce, Charles Schwab, Georges Matis
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Performed by Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five
courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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A story about Ireland in the depression, but as important today
4 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

This story highlights the struggle for individual respect and liberty that has been going on since the reformation. Today, people often attach words communist or socialist to the struggle of the individual. This film reminds us of the other side of the story: greed and power are the feudal and capitalist side of the story.

One flaw in the movie is that people assume the struggle between Jimmy and the priest is communism versus the church. But Jimmy was not a communist. Jimmy was a grass-roots liberal who supported his community and occasionally spoke out against the concentration of power. The church represents this concentration of power and the struggle to maintain the concentration of power.

During the 1920's, a large percentage of the world's "Wealth" was tied up in speculative investments. Corrupt politicians sided with the land holders and the "Robber barons". By 1924, economic experts started to announce that unfettered greed would lead to an economic crisis in the USA and Europe. In 1929, the US stock-market crash vaporized much of the world's wealth and centralized power among an even smaller percentage of the population.

The movie includes a lot of history that most people in the US and UK who were born before 1977 already know. However, for most of the world, the Irish history and the extent of the struggle between the rich and poor during those times is new.

This struggle continues today. Instead of hereditary land owners, we have large banks and other institutions that "influence" most of the world's "capitalist" governments. The government favors for corporations and privatization of government services that starting in the late 1970's continues to this day and is responsible for the depression of 2008.

Without government support for those who were thrown into poverty, the 2008 depression would have been as bad as the 1929 depression. I think the writers were trying to remind us about the consequences of unfettered greed.


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