Philadelphia, Here I Come\! Film Details
Overview: Friel contrasts Gar’s cloistered emotional life with his gregarious social persona by portraying him as two distinct characters, a public self (Donal McCann) and a private self (Des Cave).
Review: This was a David Merrick play in New York, and this film version was made in southern Ireland with Irish actors. It definitely has a stage play feel to it. I didn’t know anything about it before hand but found it alone on the shelves of my public library, virtually asking to be taken home. Donal McCann is the main character Gar. He is 25 but still lives in the same home with his dad, and works in his dad’s business. He has an alter ego, which is referred to as the “private” Gar because no one else can see or hear him. Of course, we the audience can see and hear him constantly giving advice to Gar. He is always dressed in a bright red sweater and is played by Des Cave. The dad is Eamon A. Kelly as S.B. O’Donnell. Virtually all of the movie deals with the last day or two before Gar flies off to Philadelphia, tieing up loose ends and saying goodbye. There is a flashback about a girl he was going to marry, but he backed out of asking her dad, and intimidated by the situation fled. The last shot was Gar getting onto a TWA 707 jet, bound for the USA. Not particularly enjoyable for me, although in many ways a well-made movie.
Duration: 95 min
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