Young Irish immigrant Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) navigates her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of the USA, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's (Fiona Glascott) home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Miscellaneous 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
Miscellaneous The characters go for a 1951 date to see the movie "Singing' in the Rain" - that movie did not come out until 1952
Miscellaneous 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
Miscellaneous 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
Miscellaneous The film takes place in 1951-1952. As Eilis is walking down a street in Brooklyn, there is a 1955 Buick in the background
Miscellaneous 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.
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