This Is the Sea (film)

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This Is the Sea
Directed byMary McGuckian
Written byMary McGuckian
Produced byMichael Garland
StarringSamantha Morton
Ross McDade
Gabriel Byrne
Richard Harris
CinematographyDes Whelan
Music byMike Scott
Brian Kennedy
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
104 minutes
Box office$5,000[1]

This Is the Sea is a 1997 Irish film directed and written by Mary McGuckian and produced by Michael Garland. It is a romance film, focusing on the relationship between the character Hazel Stokes, played by Samantha Morton, and Malachy McAliskey, played by Ross McDade.


The two lovers live in Northern Ireland. Stokes is a Protestant, and McAliskey is Catholic. Their relationship is complicated by the spying of Stokes' brother Jef, played by Marc O'Shea, and by the attempts of Rohan, played by Gabriel Byrne, to recruit McAliskey into the Republican movement. The film also stars Richard Harris as Old Man Jacobs, an ally to the couple.


The film's title comes from the song "This Is the Sea"[2] from the 1985 music album This Is the Sea by the folk-rock band The Waterboys.


The film's soundtrack uses seven different Waterboys songs.[3] Mike Scott, The Waterboys' lead singer, shares music credits for the film with singer Brian Kennedy.


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  2. ^ This Is the Sea. Variety. URL accessed May 6, 2006.
  3. ^ This Is the Sea soundtrack. IMDb. URL accessed May 5, 2006.

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