Bull McCabe (Richard Harris) is a man of the land, a farmer whose reverence for nature far exceeds his tolerance for human frailty. McCabe and his wife Maggie (Brenda Fricker) haven't spoken for 18 years, their relationship poisoned by the suicide of their 13-year-old son. McCabe's
friend Bird O'Donnell (John Hurt) is in awe of his strength, and his surviving son, Tadgh (Sean Bean), lives in sullen fear of his father's disapproval. The remote Irish village where McCabe holds sway has scarcely changed over the centuries; even the local priest, Father Doran (Sean McGinley),
concedes that the veneer of Christianity--let alone respect for the laws of men, especially ou...