Brooklyn (2016)

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An Irish immigrant in 1950's New York must make a difficult choice when her past rears its head.
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Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Saoirse Ronan

Crew: John Crowley (Director), Yves Belanger (Director of Photography), Michael Brook (Music Director)

Genres: Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 18 Feb 2016 (Singapore)

Tagline: Two countries, two loves, one heart.

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Did you know? While this is Saoirse Ronan's first time using her native Irish accent, the dialect of her character differs from the one she uses in reality. In this film, she uses a Wexford accent, as her character is from Enniscorthy, while she speaks with a Dublin accent in her private life Read More
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as Jim Farrell
as Tony
as Father Flood
as Mrs Kehoe
as Eilis Lacey
as Diner Waiter
as Mrs. Byrne
as Rosenbulm
as Shabby Woman
as Miss Kelly
as Extra
as Brown
as Nancy
as Mrs. Fiorello
as Young Man at Dance
as Mrs Brady
as Customer
as Georgina
as Diana
as Rose
as Mr. Farrell
as Timid Woman
as Boy at city hall
as Priest
as Frankie Doran
as Ship Waiter
as Frankie Fiorello
as Lacey
as Bartocci Customer #1
as Dolores
as Miss Fortini
as Mrs Farrell
as Lady at the Cinema
as Mary
as Miss McAdam
as Young Jewish Man
as Girl on deck
as Maurizio
as Maria
as Sheila
as City Hall Official
as Fiorello
as George Sheridan
as Dorothy
as Boy's Father


Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer


Music Director
Music Label
Music Coordinator
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Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Mixer
Foley Editor


Production Designer
Prop Master
Assistant Art Director


Casting Director
Casting Associate
Casting Assistant

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Assistant Costume Designer


First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor


Location Manager

Makeup and Hair

Makeup Supervisor
Assistant Makeup Artist
Assistant Hair Stylist

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor

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Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Coordinator
Digital Compositor


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Two countries, two loves, one heart.
In the final shooting script the scene quickly fast forwards during the meal. By this point the main course would be different than the Spaghetti they were eating initially

Factual Mistake
When returning to America, she stands in the customs line for US Citizens

Factual Mistake
Eilish received a letter from her sister dated Nov '51, after the girls had been to see The Quiet Man. As has been mentioned, the film was not released till late '52

Factual Mistake
Early in the film, a co-worker attempts to discuss the film "The Quiet Man." This scene takes place in 1951; also, in a key scene that takes place later, a new grave is dated June, 1952. "The Quiet Man" was not released until Sept., 1952

Errors in Geography
When Eilis is on the deck en route to New York she is facing the sun, which means she is facing south. Yet the ship appears to be moving from right to left in the water. That means it is moving in an easterly direction, in other words, away from the USA

The characters go for a 1951 date to see the movie "Singing' in the Rain" - that movie did not come out until 1952

In scene where an Irish singer serenades an audience, at the top of a frame is an air conditioning duct that would not have existed in such a space in1952

In the very early scene in Brooklyn where people are on the street corner waiting for the light to change, the traffic light itself is of a much later design than the early 1950's

The film takes place in 1951-1952. As Eilis is walking down a street in Brooklyn, there is a 1955 Buick in the background

The registration ZL 4994 on the black saloon car is in an incorrect typeface. That style of font was not used in Ireland until the late 1990s
Second collaboration between Domhnall Gleeson and Julie Walters. He played Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies and she played his mother, Molly Weasley

Filming took 8 weeks while editing took 15 weeks

Emory Cohen said he was the only American person on set, despite the setting

"Frankie's Song" (also known as 'Casadh An Tsúgáin') was originally produced by the Irish Literary Theatre and premiered on 21st of October 1901 at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin

Partly filmed in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland. Each location used in the town such as shops and pubs have pictures of the production in the windows

Eilis is pronounced "Ay-lish"

Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters were both the first choices for their roles

Saoirse Ronan's favorite day on set was filming the scenes at Coney Island. It was also the only time during production that her mom came to visit her during the production

Julie Walters was a big fan of the book, before she was offered a part in the movie, and read it at the initial release in 2009, which inspired her to visit Brooklyn for the first time

The book features a dream sequence in which Ellis deals with her homesickness. It was originally set to be featured in the script, but was ultimately cut

Filming on eight different dinner scenes, set at the boarding house, were all completed within only two days

Ellis' yellow dress is costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux's favorite from the film. It was bought from a vintage shop in Montreal

Julie Walters claims her character is reminiscent of her real-life aunt

Saoirse Ronan wanted to keep her green swimsuit from the film. Director John Crowley jokes that the costume is stuck in a bidding war between councils of Brooklyn and Ireland, and that the latter wish to use it as their new national flag

Irish author Colm Tóibín's idea for the novel came from a child memory, in which he overheard a woman talk about her young daughter's move from Enniscorthy to Brooklyn

While this is Saoirse Ronan's first time using her native Irish accent, the dialect of her character differs from the one she uses in reality. In this film, she uses a Wexford accent, as her character is from Enniscorthy, while she speaks with a Dublin accent in her private life

Julie Walters described her character Mrs. Kehoe as a "very, very attractive and sexually charismatic woman" when promoting the film on The Graham Norton Show

The city of Brooklyn in the film was actually shot in Montreal for budgeting reasons, as the production was unable to turn 2015 Brooklyn back to 1950s Brooklyn

The Irish beach scenes were filmed at Curracloe Strand. The location was also used for the filming of the D-Day sequence in Saving Private Ryan

For the close-up scenes of Saoirse Ronan, cinematographer Yves Bélanger placed individual lanterns for her eyes in order to add a sparkle to their reflections

Saoirse Ronan herself was born in The Bronx, New York, but raised in Ireland to Irish parents. She considers 'Brooklyn' to be one of her most personal films and it marks the first time she uses her Irish accent in a film

Saoirse Ronan was getting a manicure in Dublin when she discovered that she had received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film. In her rush of excitement, she bought champagne for everyone in the salon

The third movement is back in Ireland, brighter, more glamor and "subtly more colorful" than the first movement

The second movement begins when Ellis leaves for Brooklyn and the first proper wide shot is featured, while the colors become more playful as a nod to how America in 1952 was on the cusp of pop culture kicking off

The first movement is before Eilis leaves post-war Ireland and is with tight frames and filled with green tones

John Crowley divided the movie into three different visual movements

Rooney Mara was originally cast in the lead role but she was ultimately replaced by Saoirse Ronan.

Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired the distribution rights of the film at The 2015 Sundance Film Festival, with a record-deal of $9 million.
Filming Start Date:
01 Apr 2014