Albert Finney (Constable Brendan Hegarty)Aidan Quinn (Tom Casey)Robin Wright (Tara Maguire)Milo O'Shea (Freddie)Alan Devlin (Malone)Niamh Cusack (Brigid Maguire)Ian McElhinney (Joe Cassidy)Stella McCusker (Rachel)Niall Buggy (Denzil)Anna Livia Ryan (Vonnie)Adrian Dunbar (Mick)Lorcan Cranitch (Ryan)Áine Ní Mhuirí (Mrs. Smith the Blind Lady)Doreen Hepburn (Nualla Ryan)Kilian McKenna (Sean)Michèle Forbes (Maggie Rudden)P.J. Brady (McMahon)Tony Rohr (Kelly)
A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of wedlock, and refusing to name the father. She has a rare beauty and every man in town desires her, especially Sergeant Hegarty (Albert Finney). The arrival of a dramatic troupe stirs things up even more, especially when she falls in love with one of the "Playboys", Tom Casey (Aidan Quinn).