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Fools of Fortune is a 1990 British romantic drama film directed by Pat O'Connor and written by Michael Hirst based on the 1983 novel by Irish writer William Trevor. It depicts a Protestant family caught up in the conflict between the British Army and the IRA during the Irish War of Independence.[2]

Fools of Fortune
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Directed byPat O'Connor
Produced bySarah Radclyffe
Screenplay byMichael Hirst
Based onFools of Fortune by William Trevor
Music byHans Zimmer
CinematographyJerzy Zielinski
Edited byMichael Bradsell
Distributed byPalace Pictures
Release date
  • 22 June 1990 (1990-06-22)
Running time
109 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Budget£2.5 million
Box officeUSD$83,490[1]




It was filmed on location in Dublin, County Westmeath, Galway and at Ardmore Studios.


The film went to VHS, but has not yet appeared on DVD.

New York Times reviewer Vincent Canby described the film as "an ambitious mess, of interest only because of the chance to see [Julie] Christie, who becomes more and more tautly beautiful with the years, and [Mary Elizabeth] Mastrantonio, who is also beautiful and does an extremely credible upper-class English accent."[3] The Washington Post described it as "a passionate, mystifyingly awkward bit of filmmaking".[4]


  1. ^ "Fools of Fortune (1990)". Box Office Mojo.
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