Aidan Quinn (Irish: AodhĂˇn Ă“ Cuinn) (born March 8, 1959 in Rockford, Illinois,) is an Irish American actor also known as Quinner.
Aidan Quinn was born in Rockford, Illinois. He was raised in Chicago and Rockford by devoutly Catholic parents  as well as in Dublin, Offaly, and other places in Ireland. His father was a professor in literature and his mother a homemaker; he has an older brother, Declan Quinn, who is a noted cinematographer. Aidan Quinn got his start in the Chicago theatre at age 19. He trained at Piven Theatre Workshop. His first significant film role was in Reckless (1984), followed by a breakthrough role in Desperately Seeking Susan as the character "Dez" (the love interest of the character played by Rosanna Arquette). Quinn next starred in the controversial TV movie An Early Frost, about a young lawyer dying of AIDS (it was broadcast on NBC on November 11, 1985) and co-starred such luminaries as Gena Rowlands, Ben Gazzara and Sylvia Sidney.
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The Exonerated is a film that dramatizes the stories of six people who had been wrongfully convicted of murder, but were later exonerated and freed after varying years of imprisonment, where many were subjected to further brutality and degradation. It was based on a play of the same name written by Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank and first aired on the CourtTV cable television network on January 27, 2005.
Actors played the roles of the five men and one woman. The script was based on the experiences of the exonerees as well as court records and media accounts. After a successful national tour, a film version directed by Bob Balaban was produced by Radical Media and sold to TimeWarner, Inc., the parent company of CourtTV.
Blank, who is married to Jensen, got the idea for the play when she moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to New York City. She and Jensen attended a conference about the death penalty and listened to stories about wrongful convictions and confessions gained via torture...
Stolen Summer is a 2002 American film about a Catholic boy who befriends a terminally ill Jewish boy and tries to convert him, believing it is the only way he will get to Heaven. Directed by first time writer/director Pete Jones, Stolen Summer is the first film produced for Project Greenlight, an independent film competition created by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore, and sponsored by HBO. Project Greenlight aired on HBO as a documentary series chronicling the selection of Jones's script from approximately seven thousand entries, and the production of the film in Chicago in 2001.
The casting of Adi Stein as the lead character of the Catholic Pete O'Malley is considered an inside joke of the casting department, because he's actually Jewish like the boy he tries to convert to Catholicism in the film.
The domestic total gross for the film was $134,736. Production costs were $1.8 million....
Music of the Heart is a 1999 dramatic film. This film was produced by Craven-Maddalena Films and Miramax Films, and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution.
This film stars Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan, and Angela Bassett. It was director Wes Craven's only foray outside of the horror/thriller genre aside from his contribution to the multifacted and directorially diverse Paris, je t'aime.
This is the true story of Roberta Guaspari Demetras (Streep). By bringing the violin into the lives of children in the New York City public school system, she hopes to brighten their difficult lives. It's a story of both struggle and hope.
Described in the opening credits as being 'inspired by a documentary', the film opens with Roberta having been deserted by her husband and feeling devastated and almost suicidal. Encouraged by her Mother, she attempts to rebuild her life and a friend recommends her to the head teacher of a school in the tough New York area of East Harlem. Despite a...,
In Dreams is a psychological thriller directed by Neil Jordan, released in 1999. The film has a running time of 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Claire Cooper (Annette Bening) finds herself immersed in a world of pain and psychosis following the murder of her daughter. Throughout the movie, Claire is haunted by her daughter's murderer, a serial killer of children named Vivian Thompson (Robert Downey Jr.) and she has visions of what murders he commits next. When all the doctors she sees think she is psychotic, Claire is committed to a mental institution. When she receives a vision of Vivian kidnapping another child, she escapes to track him down and stop him from killing again.
The score composed by Elliot Goldenthal here: In DreamsRoy Orbison's In Dreams plays during the credits.
Michael Collins a 1996 biopic about Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. Liam Neeson stars as the title character. Also starring are Aidan Quinn (as Harry Boland), Stephen Rea (as Ned Broy), Alan Rickman (as Eamon de Valera), Julia Roberts (as Kitty Kiernan), Ian Hart and Charles Dance. It was scripted and directed by Neil Jordan. The soundtrack was written by Elliot Goldenthal. The film was an international co-production between companies in Ireland, the UK and the USA.In Ireland, the film was extremely successful, becoming the second most successful movie in Irish box-office history and the most successful Irish-made film of all time. The film received generally positive reviews, but was criticized for its historical inaccuracies.With a budget estimated at between $35 to $40 million, receiving 10% to 12% of its budget from the Irish Film Board, the film was one of the most expensive films ever...,
Benny & Joon is a 1993 romantic comedy about how two misfits, Sam (Johnny Depp) and Juniper/Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson), find and fall in love with one another. The film is perhaps best known for Depp's numerous stunts and for popularizing the song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" by The Proclaimers. The film was shot entirely on location in Spokane, Washington.Tagline:A romance on the brink of reality.Juniper Pearl (Masterson) is mentally ill and lives with her over-protective brother, Benny (Aidan Quinn). Since she can't work, he employs a housekeeper to take care of the house, and also of Joon. However, Joon drives every housekeeper away with her erratic behaviour. One day, Benny takes Joon to a poker game with his friends, and while he is away, she plays a hand, loses and has to take a friend's odd cousin Sam (Depp) home to stay with them.Sam is a whimsical eccentric with a love of old movies, especially those of Buster Keaton, whom he copies in behaviour and fashion sense. He is...,
At Play in the Fields of the Lord is a 1991 drama film directed by Hector Babenco.The screenplay was written by Babenco and Jean-Claude CarriĂ¨re, and based on the novel by Peter Matthiessen.It stars Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, Daryl Hannah, John Lithgow and Tom Waits.The films tells of Americans Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger) and Wolf (Tom Waits) who, when their plane runs out of gas, are stranded in Mae de Deus an outpost in the deep Brazilian Amazon River basin.Living in the village are evangelist missionary Leslie Huben (John Lithgow) and his wife Andy Huben (Darryl Hannah); and Martin Quarier(Aidan Quinn), his wife Hazel (Kathy Bates) and their small son, who have just arrived from the United States.The minister and the Quarriers want to spread the Christian gospel to the primitive Niaruna indigenous natives, the others have more nefarious interests, to wit: business concerns that would lay claim to the Niaruna's land for business development.The local police chief cuts...,
The Handmaid's Tale is a 1990 film adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale (novel, Margaret Atwood) was directed by Volker SchlĂ¶ndorff. It starred Natasha Richardson (Kate/Offred), Faye Dunaway (Serena Joy), Robert Duvall (The Commander, Fred), Aidan Quinn (Nick), and Elizabeth McGovern (Moira). The screenplay was written by Harold Pinter. The original music score was composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto. MGM Home Entertainment released an Avant-Garde Cinema DVD of the film in 2001.Taglines:See it... while it's still allowed.In the near future, as war rages across the fictional Republic of Gilead and pollution has rendered 99 percent of the female population sterile, Kate (Offred in the novel, in which her real name as "Kate" is not specified), sees her husband killed and her daughter kidnapped while trying to escape across the border to Canada. Kate herself is transformed into a handmaid â€” a surrogate mother for one of the privileged but barren couples who run the country's fundamentalist regime....,
Avalon (1990) is a feature film directed by Barry Levinson. It is a mostly autobiographical story of a family of Eastern European Jewish immigrants to the United States who settle in Baltimore, Maryland, at the beginning of the 20th century and eventually own a large home appliance store. Avalon explores the themes of assimilation and how modernity has changed American family life.
The movie stars Armin Mueller-Stahl, Aidan Quinn, Kevin Pollak, Elizabeth Perkins, Joan Plowright, and Elijah Wood in one of his earliest roles. Co-stars include Lou Jacobi.
Stakeout is a 1987 movie directed by John Badham and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Emilio Estevez, Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, and Forest Whitaker. Although the story is set in Seattle, Washington, the movie was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia. The screenplay was written by Jim Kouf, who won a 1988 Edgar Award for his work. Kouf also wrote and directed Disorganized Crime (1989), which has a similar mixture of comedy and action. However, in Disorganized Crime the crooks are the "good guys". A sequel, Another Stakeout, followed in 1993. Madeleine Stowe's character is "Irish-Mexican", and Madeleine Stowe is half-English, half-Hispanic (Costa Rican). ...
The Mission is a 1986 British film about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in eighteenth century South America. The film was written by Robert Bolt and directed by Roland JoffĂ©. It stars Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn, Cherie Lunghi and Liam Neeson. It won the Palme d'Or in Cannes 1986, and an Oscar for Best Cinematography. In March 2007 it was Number 1 in the Church Times Top 50 Religious Films.The music was scored by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, and is listed at #23 on AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.The film is set during the Jesuit Reductions, a programme by which Jesuit missionaries set up missions independent of the Spanish state to teach Christianity to the natives. It tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who enters the South American jungle to build a mission and convert a community of GuaranĂ Indians to Christianity.He is later joined by a reformed Portuguese mercenary, Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro)...
Desperately Seeking Susan is a 1985 film directed by Susan Seidelman and starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna.
Arquette plays Roberta, a bored suburban housewife living in Fort Lee, New Jersey who is fascinated with a woman she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of a New York City tabloid. This fascination reaches a peak when one such ad with the headline "Desperately Seeking Susan" proposes a rendezvous in Battery Park with the man who seeks her. Roberta goes to Battery Park too, and gets a glimpse of the woman, played by Madonna, whose life so fascinates her. In a series of events involving mistaken identity, amnesia, and other farcical elements Roberta goes from voyeur to participant in an Alice in Wonderland-style plot, ostensibly motivated by the search for a pair of stolen earrings.
The film captures the feel of the underground Bohemian/New Wave scene of the early to mid-1980s New York City, a scene that in real life helped Madonna...,
A Private Matter is a 1992 film made for television (HBO) drama based on the true 1963 story of Sherri Chessen-Finkbine, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona in the first trimester of her fifth pregnancy. She was the popular hostess of the locally produced children's television show Romper Room. She was taking the drug thalidomide and discovered its potential to damage a fetus. Concerned that her fetus might be damaged she consulted with her physican who scheduled a therapeutic abortion at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix. The hospital refused the use of their facilities for an abortion so Finkbine filed a lawsuit to compel the use of Good Samaritan Hospital. A public and bitter struggle ensued, culminating with Sherri Chessen-Finkbine terminating her pregnancy in Sweden. ...,
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