Closing the Ring

Closing the Ring

Closing the Ring

During World War II, more than 300,000 American military personal passed through or were based in Northern Ireland. On June 1, 1944, ten of these young American servicemen died when their B-17 bomber lost its bearings in heavy fog and crashed into Belfast's Cave Hill. Over fifty years later, a news item about a discovery at the crash site of one airman's wedding ring struck a chord in writer Peter Woodward, son of the actor Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man), inspiring him to write Closing the Ring.

This love story stars Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Mischa Barton, Pete Postlethwaire and Brenda Fricker. Director Richard Attenborough (Gandhi) calls it "unequivocally one of the most exciting, most original, most authentic first screenplays I've ever read."

2008118 minsUK, USA
DramaRomance
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Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Closing The Ring is a period drama that attempts to tell a love of a lifetime story in the vein of romantic epics like Titanic. Jumping between the 1940s and 1990s, a dying American soldier entrusts a Belfast local with the duty of returning the title’s piece of jewellery to his girlfriend back in his home country. Unfortunately, several aspects of the film prevent it from being the emotional tour de force it attempts to be.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A few of the same people who warmed to the time-tripping romance of "The Notebook" might be similarly enchanted by the decades-skipping schmaltz of "Closing the Ring."

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

There are emotional high points in this film about one woman and the three men who love her, but the storytelling is cluttered and the constant to-ing and fro-ing from past to present detracts from the overall.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Preposterous, and a bit low-budget, but the story is socked over with earnest energy.

2.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Overly complicated, emotional and sentimental love story.

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

The film hangs on themes of lost love, longing and lies buried deep in family history, but with a tonne of sentimentality and mawkishness to carry it really drags its feet.

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

Flicks, Andreas Heinemann

flicks

Closing The Ring is a period drama that attempts to tell a love of a lifetime story in the vein of romantic epics like Titanic. Jumping between the 1940s and 1990s, a dying American soldier entrusts a Belfast local with the duty of returning the title’s piece of jewellery to his girlfriend back in his home country. Unfortunately, several aspects of the film prevent it from being the emotional tour de force it attempts to be.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

A few of the same people who warmed to the time-tripping romance of "The Notebook" might be similarly enchanted by the decades-skipping schmaltz of "Closing the Ring."

Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

There are emotional high points in this film about one woman and the three men who love her, but the storytelling is cluttered and the constant to-ing and fro-ing from past to present detracts from the overall.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Preposterous, and a bit low-budget, but the story is socked over with earnest energy.

2.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Overly complicated, emotional and sentimental love story.

2.0
BBC

BBC

press

The film hangs on themes of lost love, longing and lies buried deep in family history, but with a tonne of sentimentality and mawkishness to carry it really drags its feet.

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