Guests of the Nation: A Play

TitleGuests of the Nation: A Play
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1981
AuthorsDesmond, John
Running Time60 min
Date Released1981
DistributorThirteen/WNET New York series
CountryUnited States
Publication Languageeng

An updated version of Frank O'Connor's short story about the Irish War for Independence, this film reveals the shared cultural dynamics of colonialism when Irish and British soldiers occupy close quarters during the Troubles. Two British soldiers guard Irish rebels at a remote farmhouse where they occupy themselves with cards and debate. Their developing relationships threaten their mission of executing their prisoners. 


Frank Converse

Richard Cottrell

Charlie Stavola

Nesbitt Blaisdell

Nicholas Kepros

Brian O'Mallon

Estelle Parsons


directed by John Desmond

produced by Phylis Geller

adapted for television, Kenneth Cavander

music, Elizabeth Swados

editor, John J. Godfrey



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