Lawrence O'Toole
March 19, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Dawning

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca Pidgeon, Hugh Grant, Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard
director
Robert Knights
genre
Drama, Historical

We gave it a B

Made in 1988 before Anthony Hopkins won his Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs and never released theatrically, this tragic tale of an IRA man and a young woman (Rebecca Pidgeon) in Ireland in 1920 clearly has been released to capitalize on Hopkins’ current status. It’s not a major performance, but a sturdy one (the role is underwritten), and ingenue Pidgeon is wonderful as the impulsive and curious colleen who thinks Hopkins may be her father. The Dawning, though compelling, is often a little too genteel, lacking the fire the story’s tragic dimensions demand. B

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