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Dancing at Lughnasa
Directed by Pat O'Connor
Written by Brian Friel (play)
Frank McGuinness (screenplay)
Narrated by Gerard McSorley
Starring Meryl Streep
Michael Gambon
Catherine McCormack
Kathy Burke
Sophie Thompson
Brid Brennan
Rhys Ifans
Lorcan Cranitch
John Kavanagh
Marie Mullen
Release date(s) 27 November 1998
Running time 95 minutes
Country Ireland
United Kingdom
United States
Language English

Dancing at Lughnasa is a 1998 film adapted from the Brian Friel play of the same title, directed by Pat O'Connor. A display of mementos from the filming of the 1998 movie are on display at the St. Connell's Museum in Glenties. The movie competed in the Venice Film Festival of 1998. The film has won one award, an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Female Role by Brid Brennan. It was also nominated for 6 other awards including the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Feature Film and the Best Actress Award for Meryl Streep.


Cast and characters

Reception and Awards

Although the film received average reviews (67% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes), most critics praised the performance of the entire cast. Janet Maslin, critic of the New York Times said that "Meryl Streep has made many a grand acting gesture in her career, but the way she simply peers out a window in Dancing at Lughnasa ranks with the best. Everything the viewer need know about Kate Mundy, the woman she plays here, is written on that prim, lonely face and its flabbergasted gaze."[1] Peter Travis of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that "a luminous cast reveals long-buried feelings. Meryl Streep finds the expansive soul behind prim schoolteacher Kate. And she is matched by Kathy Burke's bawdy Maggie, Brid Brennan's secretive Agnes, Sophie Thompson's slow-witted Rose and Catherine McCormack's bold Christina, who never married the father of her son."[2]

Kathy Burke received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress - Musical or Comedy from the International Press Academy (Satellite Awards).


  1. ^ Maslin, Janet, 1998. The New York Times, Movie Review of Dancing at Lughnasa, Nov 13, 1998
  2. ^ Travis, Peter. 1998. Rolling Stone Magazine, Movie Review of Dancing at Lughnasa

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