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Cal

A reluctant IRA terrorist finds temporary solace with the widow of an assassinated policeman. It seems impossible to turn a camera on Northern Ireland without encountering something tragic: it seems a shame, then, that director Pat O'Connor settled on this trite, weepy, rather contrived tale—you feel that every extra who passes in the street has a more involving, authentic story to tell. Still, this is smooth, competent BBC filmmaking, with a moment or two—such as the father's descent into madness—of genuine power. With Helen Mirren and John Lynch (1984).

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