Inside I'm Dancing (Rory O'Shea Was Here) (2004)

Live life like you mean it.

Original Title : Inside I'm Dancing
Director : Damien O'Donnell
Writer : Jeffrey Caine
Christian O'Reilly
Genre : Drama
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Tim Bevan , Eric Fellner , James Flynn , Seamus McInerney , Morgan O'Sullivan , Catherine Tiernan , Natascha Wharton , Juanita Wilson
Music : David Julyan
Photography : Peter Robertson
Distributor : Focus Features
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language.
IMDB ID : 0417791
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Steven Robertson Michael Connolly
Alan King Tommy
Brenda Fricker Eileen
Ruth McCabe Annie
James McAvoy Rory O'Shea
Anna Healy Alice
Tom Hickey Con O'Shea
Sarah Jane Drummey Girl in Pub
Rachel Hanna Girl in Pub
Emmet Kirwan Angry Man
Romola Garai Siobhan
Pat Shortt Nightclub Doorman
Stanley Townsend Interview Panelist
Derbhle Crotty Interview Panelist
Donal Toolan Interview Panelist
Tony Kenny Cabaret Singer
Keith Dunphy Estate Agent
Michele Forbes Fergus' Secretary
Gerard McSorley Fergus Connolly
Eamonn Hunt Foreman
Michael Higgins Job Applicant
Frank McCusker Job Applicant
Deirdre O'Kane Job Applicant
Owen Monaghan Job Applicant
Lucas Verbist Job Applicant
Conor McPherson Job Applicant
Lauren Carr Racing Kid
Paul Lee Racing Kid
Jonathan Mitchell Racing Kid
Keith O'Brien Racing Kid
Michael Hayes Garda Sergeant
John Finegan Garda at Station
Adam Fergus Declan
Mary Kate O'Flanagan Geisha
Ofo Uhiara Peter
Justine Mitchell Doctor
Frank Corry S.M. Priest


Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in. Michael is stunned to discover that fast talking Rory, who can move only his right hand, can understand his almost unintelligible speech. Rory's dynamic and rebellious nature soon sparks a flame in Michael, introducing him to a whole new world outside of Carrigmore.


A Lively Demand for Freedom for the Disabled, 8 February 2005 Author: noralee from Queens, NY "Rory O'Shea Was Here (Inside I'm Dancing)" is a marvelous lead showcase for the talented James McAvoy who up to now has been a cocky secondary character in movies such as "Wimbledon" and memorable television such as "State of Play." But there his bad boy brashness is supported by a whirlwind of movement and sensuality whereas here all he can use in portraying a spark plug with Duchenne muscular dystrophy is his voice and expressions. His "Rory" takes hold of a condescending home for "special people" the way Jack Nicholson shook up the mental ward in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." He is a rebel with a cause -- freedom.Steven Robertson as the pal he dynamites out of perhaps too simple complacency is achingly convincing as a young man with cerebral palsy who gradually learns he has a potential to fulfill, emotionally and intellectually.The film is particularly good at creating very individual characters with specific family and class situations, as well as making good use of the Dublin environment.While there are some clichés along the way, as well as a few overly convenient plot points, the film with humor, liveliness and poignancy (and a cool soundtrack) sticks our face in large issues about the helping bureaucracy, the need to individuate independent living opportunities, with particular attention to age differences, and our attitudes about the physically disabled.