Anne Devlin (1984)

Genres - Drama, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Ireland  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

This long, slow-paced but interesting historical docudrama, based on personal diaries, focuses on the role of Anne Devlin in a failed Dublin uprising in the 19th century. Anne was the daughter of a farmer in County Wicklow and when the Irish patriot Robert Emmet went into hiding in a nearby farmhouse to plan his uprising against British rule, Anne agreed to help out at the house. Emmet's rebellion was eventually thwarted by the British, and in 1803 he was captured and executed. The British also arrest Anne Devlin for consorting with the rebel leader, but Anne quietly refuses to acknowledge her involvement, or to provide the British with any information on the subject. As a study in the neglected role of women in history, this docudrama does highlight the courage and bravery of Anne, in contrast to the behavior of many of the others around her.



against-all-odds, agent [representative], CIA (Central-Intelligence-Agency), diary, history, Ireland, KGB, maniac, oppression, partner, prison, pursuit, revolution, violence