The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.




  • Eileen Walsh and Nora-Jane Noone in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • Nora-Jane Noone in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • Peter Mullan in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • Geraldine McEwan in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • Nora-Jane Noone in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
  • Dorothy Duffy in The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

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9 August 2004 | TxMike
The wardens were dressed as nuns, and the inmates were only children.
'The Magdalene Sisters' would be a preposterous story, were it not factual. The actual names and circumstances appear to have been changed for the screenplay, but the original 50-minute documentary, filmed likely in the mid 1990s, tells us that everything, and more, happened to these children, virtually imprisoned for such things as having a child out of wedlock, or being sexually assaulted, or simply happening to look pretty. With no way out, they were forced to work long hours for no pay, operating the Magdalene Sisters' commercial laundry business, the last one until 1996. As one character, the old nun, explains, a strong Ireland requires that its men remain strong, so we have to remove temptation. The critic Ebert has a complete review. The only relevant "extra" on the DVD is the documentary, which features old photos and film, plus remarkable interviews with ladies who had been in a Magdalene Sisters asylum in the 1940s through the 1960s, including the three ladies around whom the movie's three main characters were built. A very gripping movie, well-acted.

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Release Date:

29 August 2003


English, Latin

Country of Origin

Ireland, UK

Filming Locations

Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, UK

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$84,553 3 August 2003

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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