Based on the novel by Catherine Cookson the story is set in 1900 northern
Dominic is a drinker and carouser who chases women. He tries to seduce the daughter, Christine Bracken (Jane Horrocks), of the new family next door, but she will have none of it. He impregnates the local imbecile, Nancy Kelly (Margery Bone), and swears her to secrecy telling her that after she births the babe, he will wed her. Somehow, John catches the blame for her pregnancy and is ostracized, ruining his reputation. Dominic then plays a prank on Christine and the smart O’Brien sister when they are on a boat in the river, eventually causing them both to drown. John seeks to avenge these deaths and goes after Dominic nearly killing him; when
The location and costumes were perfection in this drama. One problem was that a modern crane was shown in one scene. The plot was a juicy one and contained many of the pressing issues of the time including religion, poverty and class. The acting was top notch on all accounts and the action was suspenseful. I cared what happened to the characters. The final scene was quite powerful and a statement and I wasn’t expecting it at all. I really enjoyed this movie. I loved seeing Sean pull out the stops to play a mean, uncaring bastard and I thought that it was well balanced by the good brother played by Owen Teale, who came across as weak at first, but became a man at the very end. I give this movie
***** of five stars.