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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Rose justifies her attraction to Danny Bradley - who is still married - by citing that his wife and children have moved overseas.


Rounding out the cast are Michael's younger self and his deadbeat father Gerry. The play was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon and Rhys Ifans.

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Rounding out the cast are Michael's younger self and his deadbeat father Gerry. The play was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon Creator/MerylStreep, Creator/MichaelGambon and Rhys Ifans.
Creator/RhysIfans.



* PragmaticAdaptation: Changing things around to show what happens outside the house sort of goes against the whole point of the play, as well as having a physical actor playing Michael. On the other hand, those things would never work in a film. Also the famous dancing scene is moved to the climax of the film when it takes place in the play's first act. In some ways it makes it less of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: Changing things around to show what happens outside the house sort of goes against the whole point of the play, as well as having a physical actor playing Michael. On the other hand, those things would never work in a film. Also the famous dancing scene is moved to the climax of the film when it takes place in the play's first act. In some ways it makes it less of a BigLippedAlligatorMoment.BigLippedAlligatorMoment.
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* AdaptationalContextChange: The sequence of the sisters dancing along to the radio music happens early on in the play, but becomes the climax of the film. This serves to make it the last time the sisters were all truly happy together.


* BookEnds: The blocking for the final scene mirrors that of the first one.



* HappilyEverBefore: Michael gives a closing narration that states what happened to the rest of the family - and talking about how the house became a shell of its former self. The play however ends with

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* HappilyEverBefore: Michael gives a closing narration that states what happened to the rest of the family - and talking about how the house became a shell of its former self. The play however ends withwith a playful scene of all the characters joking together.


* DidNotGetTheGirl: An old flame of Kate's is Austin Morgan, who she never properly got with.

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: An old flame of Kate's is Austin Morgan, who she never properly got with. [[spoiler: Her eventual fate is acting as a tutor to his children]].


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* HappilyEverBefore: Michael gives a closing narration that states what happened to the rest of the family - and talking about how the house became a shell of its former self. The play however ends with


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* {{Irony}}: Danny's first wife left him by moving to England. [[spoiler: His next attraction Rose does the same]].


* AffectionateNickname: Rose claims that Danny Bradley calls her his 'Rosebud'. The rest of the family call her Rosie.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Rose is described as 'special' and appears to have some kind of disability.



* TheCharmer: Gerry.

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* TheCharmer: Gerry.Gerry is known for his charm.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: An old flame of Kate's is Austin Morgan, who she never properly got with.



* EekAMouse: At one point Michael pranks Maggie by telling her she's just stepped on a rat.
* ExtremeDoormat: Agnes is this to the rest of the house. At one point she snaps at Kate that she's pretty much her skivvy.



* ForegoneConclusion: Michael's opening narration states that Jack came home to Ballybeg to die. Even so his death is not confirmed until the closing narration.
* GenkiGirl: Maggie is usually singing and dancing, and generally in good spirits.



* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Rose justifies her attraction to Danny Bradley - who is still married - by citing that his wife and children have moved overseas.
* TheGreatDepression: Set during the 1930s, with an air of bleakness about the town.



* IWasQuiteALooker: Michael's narration states that he saw a picture of Jack in his uniform twenty years previously and he looked "magnificent", so he's quite startled to see him now emaciated in his fifties.



* PetTheDog: Kate dotes on Michael and is nicer to him than she is to her sisters.



* ProperLady: Michael's narration describes Kate as this.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Jack was previously a chaplain in World War I.



* StarCrossedLovers:
** [[spoiler: Gerry and Chris, due to the former not wanting to settle down. He disappears from her life altogether and has another family]].
** [[spoiler: Rose and Danny can't be together because he's still legally married and she's under the thumb of her conservative sister. She eventually flees to England]].



* TheirFirstTime: Strongly implied that Rose lost her virginity when she went up to Lough Anna with Danny Bradley.



* PetTheDog: Kate gets a few tender moments that weren't in the play, such as the scene where she gives Michael a new toy.


* Kate: The eldest sister, crotchety and a borderline EvilMatriarch
* Maggie: The fun-loving ray of sunshine
* Agnes: A ShrinkingViolet who keeps the house running
* Rose: Described as "special" by the others
* Chris (full name: Christina): The youngest and Michael's unmarried mother

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* Kate: '''Kate:''' The eldest sister, crotchety and a borderline EvilMatriarch
EvilMatriarch.
* Maggie: '''Maggie:''' The fun-loving ray of sunshine
sunshine.
* Agnes: '''Agnes:''' A ShrinkingViolet who keeps the house running
running.
* Rose: '''Rose:''' Described as "special" by the others
others.
* Chris '''Chris''' (full name: Christina): The youngest and Michael's unmarried mother
mother.



* BrattyHalfPint: An offscreen character called Sofia in town. Her film counterpart is quite accurate.
* TheCasanova/ TheCharmer: Gerry.

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* BrattyHalfPint: An offscreen off-screen character called Sofia in town. Her film counterpart is quite accurate.
* TheCasanova/ TheCharmer: Gerry.



* NarmCharm: The famous scene where everyone in the house starts dancing to the music on the radio - it's likely this was intentional. At first people will be laughing their heads off at a bunch of old ladies dancing around to traditional folk music. Then you realise that this is the last time they'll ever be like this and it becomes a lot sadder.



* ThoseTwoGuys: Agnes and Rose.

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Agnes and Rose.Rose are usually seen together, and [[spoiler: eventually flee to England together]].



** Kate's character receives more attention and depth.

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** Kate's character receives * AdaptationalHeroism: Kate is given far more attention PetTheDog moments, showing that Michael is a MoralityPet for her, and depth.Meryl Streep softens her greatly through her performance. We also see her softer side come out when she flirts with an old flame.



* FakeIrish: American Meryl Streep, British Kathy Burke, Sophie Thompson and Catherine [=McCormack=], and Welsh Rhys Ifans. Essentially Brid Brennan (Agnes) is the only Irish actress playing one of the sisters. Michael Gambon is Irish but not from Donegal, making him a quasi-example too.


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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Kathy Burke's accent slips from scene to scene.


* FakeIrish: American Meryl Streep, British Kathy Burke, Sophie Thompson and Catherine [=McCormack=]. Essentially Brid Brennan (Agnes) is the only Irish actress playing one of the sisters. Michael Gambon is Irish but not from Donegal, making him a quasi-example too.

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* FakeIrish: American Meryl Streep, British Kathy Burke, Sophie Thompson and Catherine [=McCormack=].[=McCormack=], and Welsh Rhys Ifans. Essentially Brid Brennan (Agnes) is the only Irish actress playing one of the sisters. Michael Gambon is Irish but not from Donegal, making him a quasi-example too.

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