Flight of the Doves
|Flight of the Doves|
|Directed by||Ralph Nelson|
|Written by||Frank Gabrielson|
|Based on||The Flight of the Doves|
by Walter Macken
|Music by||Roy Budd|
|Edited by||John Jympson|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Two Liverpool children (Londoners in the original book) set out in search of love after many years of receiving abuse from their Uncle Toby Cromwell. Cromwell is not a blood relation to the Dove children; their mother had married Cromwell after their birth, and he was granted custody after her death. Finn Dove and his sister Derval are tired of their stepfather's constant abuse and neglect, and they run away to County Galway, Ireland, where Finn and Derval's grandmother lives. The children are unaware that they are heirs to their grandfather's estate and stand to inherit a large fortune, around $10,000 each, upon his death. However, if the children are either dead or missing, the money would go to their uncle "Hawk" Dove, an unsuccessful actor known for his temper, and he will do about anything to get what he wants. When Hawk discovers their fortune, he wants to make sure the Dove children never are seen again. The Dove children's journey across Ireland isn't easy, and they are discovered missing. Their stepfather had been informed of the inheritance (by Hawk Dove disguised as a lawyer). Toby decides to bring in the police, and Uncle Hawk and Uncle Toby are close on their trail. The chase takes them to a holiday parade, a synagogue, Dublin's Ha'penny Bridge, a tinkers' encampment, and other places.
- Ron Moody as John Cyril Dove - "Hawk" / Maxwell Perdon / DCI Wolcott / Miss Heather Marblestone / Dermot Corcoran
- Jack Wild as Finn Dove
- Dorothy McGuire as Mary Magdalene St. Bridget O'Flaherty - "Granny"
- Stanley Holloway as Judge Fenton Liffy
- Helen Raye as Derval Dove
- Willie Rushton as Tobias Cromwell - "Uncle Toby"
- Brendan O'Reilly as Insp. Michael Roark
- Dana as Sheila O'Ryan
- John Molloy as Mickser
- Noel Purcell as Rabbi
- Tom Hickey as Pat Flynn
- Niall Tóibín as Sergeant O'Casey
- Barry Keegan as Powder O'Ryan
- Emmet Bergin as Paddy
- Robert Rietty as Irish Airport TV Reporter (voice)
The film was scored by Roy Budd, who had made his film soundtrack debut in Ralph Nelson's previous film Soldier Blue. His score contains two songs: "You Don't Have to Be Irish to Be Irish", which is sung as the St. Patrick's Day Parade song, and "The Far Off Place". The latter is sung by Dana, who plays the role of Sheila, a tinker, and the song is half in Irish and half in English. Both songs are about having dreams, reaching goals, and seeing "the far off place".
- Flight of the Doves on IMDb
- Flight of the Doves at AllMovie
- Flight of the Doves at the TCM Movie Database
- Flight of the Doves at the American Film Institute Catalog
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