23 user 4 critic

Flight of the Doves (1971)

While fleeing across the Irish countryside, two orphans are pursued by their villainous uncle, a master of disguises.


Ralph Nelson


Frank Gabrielson (screenplay), Ralph Nelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Ron Moody ... Hawk Dove
Jack Wild ... Finn Dove
Dorothy McGuire ... Mary Magdalene St. Bridget O'Flaherty
Stanley Holloway ... The Judge
William Rushton William Rushton ... Tobias Cromwell
Dana ... Sheila
Brendan O'Reilly Brendan O'Reilly ... Michael
John McLloy John McLloy ... Mickser (as John Molloy)
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Powder
Tom Hickey Tom Hickey ... Pat Flynn
Niall Toibin ... Sergeant O'Casey
Noel Purcell ... Rabbi
Helen Raye Helen Raye ... Derval Dove


After the death of their mother, two children in Liverpool run away from home to escape their cruel uncle who treats them harshly. They flee to Ireland in hopes of finding love and safety with their kindly grandmother. However, their uncle is a failed actor who is a master of disguise. He uses his skill to pursue them in hopes of finding them for his own financial gain. The children must rely on their wits and the kindness of strangers to stay ahead of him or their lives will be in mortal jeopardy. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Something special is coming your way!


Drama | Family


See all certifications »





English | Latin

Release Date:

1 August 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ralph Nelson's Flight of the Doves See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastman Colour)
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


The winner of the 1970 Eurovision Song Contest, Dana would later run for the presidency of Ireland in 1997 and 2011, garnering 13.8% and 2.9% of the vote respectively. See more »


Finn is sometimes referred to as being thirteen, sometimes twelve. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening Columbia logo on this film has no lettering, just the lady with the torch. See more »


You Don't Have To Be Irish To Be Irish
Music by Roy Budd
Lyric by Ralph Nelson (as Alf Elson)
Performed by a chorus including Noel Purcell, Helen Raye and Jack Wild (uncredited)
[Performed during the St. Patrick's Day parade]
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A beautiful time capsule of a different age, too!
29 November 2006 | by markanthonycraigSee all my reviews

As a 43 year old watching this film after over 30 years, it brought a tear to my eye. The beautiful music by Roy Budd (which is available on CD in Britain) reminds one of a totally different era that is part of my childhood. Watching the film and seeing the ancient cars on the roads, the clothes on the ordinary people in the background, the hairstyles and fashions ...... the sweet innocence of the little girl is something that's gone forever, but captured in this charming little film made in 1970 on location in Ireland. It makes me sad to realise that it is an age which I look back with fondness whilst remembering my own childhood. But what will my own kids have to remember? Despite my best efforts, they live in a world of wall to wall television filled with violence and sexual innuendo masquerading as comedy, computer cyberspace, street gangs and stress caused by modern life and expectations of them to perform and excel. As kids in the 1960's and 1970's we had none of that - life was so much simpler and immensely more enjoyable.

It is brilliant that this film is available on DVD for us to watch today. It deserves to be in the same league as those other classic British films made for family viewing at that period in British cinema history: "Oliver!", "The Railway Children", "The Amazing Mr Blunden", "Black Beauty" (1970 version!).

The film features British character actor Ron Moody who excelled at the multi-disguises villain with a soft heart, a type of role he would play again 10 years later on the HTV series "Into the Labyrinth". What a shame that Jack Wild (Finn) died earlier in 2006 of throat cancer. And whatever happened to the delightful Helen Raye (Derval)? She never acted in anything again, but she should have done as she was as good in this role as Georgie Henley is in the current Narnia film. Even Irish songstress Dana appears in the film (the same year she won the Eurovision Song Contest) as a gypsy girl to sing a hauntingly beautiful ballad in Gaelic and English.

My 9 year old daughter fell in love with this film when I showed it to her the other day. She still has that innocence, which I hold onto for as long as possible with her before she descends into the terrible tantrum-filled teen years that her brothers have already entered (and even they watched it and didn't moan!).

A great film for kids to watch, and a wonderful wallow in nostalgia for those of us over 40 years of age!!!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed