Titanic Town

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -2 1/2

Set in the early 1970s in Ireland when the struggle between Protestants and Catholics was just beginning, this fictional drama is based on events of that time. It revolves around Bernie McPhelimy (Julie Walters), a caring, Catholic mother of four who becomes very disturbed by the IRA - British battle skirmishes occurring right in her own Belfast Ireland neighborhood. Bernie joins the Women for Peace movement and is determined to stop the guerrilla war, but she is perceived to be anti-IRA by most of her neighbors. Undaunted, she continues her crusade on radio, TV and in actual meetings with the IRA leaders and the British authorities who are there to protect both Protestants and Catholics. Her husband (Claran Hinds) and particularly her sixteen year old daughter (Nuala ONeill) are very unhappy about her involvement because it poses grave dangers for them, as well as a major interruption in their lives. Bernies crusade is both engrossing and comical at times, and the acting is well done, but the film lacks strong emotional impact and probably will not be well attended.

Bernie displays a strong concern for the safety of her family and friends during the guerrilla skirmishes, and is a faithful, devout Catholic. Although she delights somewhat in the attention shown her by the media, she is very sincere in her determination to end the war. Somewhat surprising, she and her family spew out profanities and obscenities in crisis situations, and her neighbors do the same. And her teenage daughter, who attends a Catholic school, doesnt hesitate to consent to an affair with her boyfriend. They are shown in a passionate encounter, but no sex or nudity is included. A number of battle skirmishes are shown and some persons are shot, including one lady killed accidentally. And one of Bernies young sons is struck in the head with a club. The admirable theme of the film is how one person can have an important impact on political affairs. Only the foul language spoils the acceptability of TITANIC TOWN. [Ed. note: Accurate language count in Summary difficult due to heavy Irish brogue]

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 2, Moderate 4

Obscene Language: Many (20) times F-word 17, s-word 2, other 1

Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 12 (J 6, JC 2,C 2, Csake 2) Exclamatory 1, (MG)

Violence: Many times - Moderate (Shooting, soldier shot, woman shot/killed, women treated harshly by soldiers, mobs attack buses with rocks, tomatoes thrown at speakers, brick thrown through window, thugs threaten life of woman, threats by angry crowds, boy struck in head with club)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times Moderate (girls talk about sexy boys and kissing, boy proposes sex to girl, boy and girl kiss and embrace sensually)

Drugs: Few times beer drinking in pub/ home and on beach, cigarettes

Other: Girl vomits on street, Catholic women pray, concerned parents, womens group opposes war

Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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