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Poignant family drama set in 1950s Ireland and based on a true story. Pierce Brosnan stars as Desmond Doyle, a painter/decorator whose wife walks out on the marriage and their three children, leaving him to bring them up himself and earn money to support the family. But his erratic employment leads to the children being put into the care of separate Catholic orphanages until he can prove he is able to support them financially. When he discovers that his young daughter, Evelyn (Sophie Vavasseur) is being ill-treated by the nuns at her orphanage, he is furious, and determines to do whatever he can to win back custody of his children. With the help of lawyers Michael Beattie (Stephen Rea), Nick Barron (Aidan Quinn) and Thomas Connolly (Alan Bates), he takes his battle for custody to the Irish court.
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22 September 2003
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Based on true events, Evelyn tells the inspiring story of real-life hero Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan) and his young children, Evelyn (Sophie Vavasseur), Maurice, and Dermot.
Abandoned by his wife, Doyle does his best to make it as a single dad, raising his kids alone in Ireland. Their life isn't easy and when his wife's mother reports her daughter's abandonment to the authorities, the power of the Church and the Irish courts take his children away and put them in orphanages. Doyle is devastated.
Vowing to reunite his family, he enlists the help of new friend Bernadette Beattie (Julianna Margulies), her solicitor brother Michael (Stephen Rea), their American lawyer friend Nick (Aidan Quinn), and Nick's mentor Tom Connolly (Alan Bates).
Together they attempt to do what has never been done before - challenge a law before the Irish Supreme Court. Doyle's fight to keep his family intact becomes an uplifting testament to the strength of a father's love and the power of the human spirit.
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