The Luck Of Ginger Coffey

  • 1964
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A well-intentioned, noncommercial Canadian-based film starring real-life husband and wife Shaw and Ure as a husband and wife. Shaw is pushing forty and can't hold a job in Dublin, so he and his family emigrate to Montreal in the hope of a new life. His teenage daughter, McClintock, doesn't like the move, but Shaw and Ure hope she'll adjust. Shaw has little...read more

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A well-intentioned, noncommercial Canadian-based film starring real-life husband and wife Shaw and Ure as a husband and wife. Shaw is pushing forty and can't hold a job in Dublin, so he and his family emigrate to Montreal in the hope of a new life. His teenage daughter, McClintock, doesn't

like the move, but Shaw and Ure hope she'll adjust. Shaw has little success in Canada, and his family asks to return to Ireland. They've had a nest egg for the trip home, but Shaw has spent it, and now they must stay. Ure leaves him, taking McClintock, but soon the girl returns to live with her

father. Shaw has apparently settled down and is working as a proofreader at a newspaper under hardhearted Redmond and as a laundry delivery man by day. Shaw thinks he may get a better job as a reporter, so he jettisons his delivery job, despite getting a good offer from the folks who run the

laundry. For no apparent reason, he is fired from the newspaper, but it's too late to get back into the laundry. He talks Ure into coming home to help him control McClintock. Shaw can't find work and winds up a drunk. He's soon arrested and tossed in the clink. Kindly judge Legare lets him out

with a rap on the knuckles, and Shaw is heartened to see that Ure is standing outside the court waiting for him, open-armed. A nice picture with an interesting look at immigrants who have no language problem, it's about little people in a big predicament and succeeds on its own terms; however, we

are left with the thought that if we'd seen another two hours of this, Shaw would have wound up beating his wife and daughter, then stealing a car, and driving drunkenly off a bridge.

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  • Review: A well-intentioned, noncommercial Canadian-based film starring real-life husband and wife Shaw and Ure as a husband and wife. Shaw is pushing forty and can't hold a job in Dublin, so he and his family emigrate to Montreal in the hope of a new life. His tee… (more)

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