Release date: August 1, 2008
DVD Release date: January 27, 2009
Canadian distributor: Alliance Films
|Closing the Ring is a Canada/U.K./U.S. co-production that was shot in Ireland and Canada, specifically in and around Toronto, and Dundas, Ontario. The story begins during the second World War. It is 1941, and in Kentucky the young, beautiful and somewhat wild Ethel is courted by three friends, Jack, Chuck and Teddy. But another man, Larry, becomes her sweetheart. When the three friends are sent to Europe to fight, Teddy wears a gold ring given to him by Ethel as her promise of eternal love. On their last night together, Teddy makes his friends swear that if anything should happen to him, one of them must look after Ethel. Choosing the ever reliable Chuck, Jack is crushed. When Teddy’s B-17 bomber crashes in Belfast, a young Irish boy named Michael Quinlan is witness to Teddy’s dying wish, to return the ring to Ethel and tell her she’s free to make her own choice. As the flames engulf the plane wreck, the frightened Quinlan is unable to snatch the ring in time and never speaks of the event again. Now, in 1991 that is, a teenager called Jimmy, caught up in Belfast’s civil war, meets Quinlan, now in his sixties, and they investigate the site of the B-17 crash. Jimmy finds the ring, inscribed with Ethel’s name, and when he is forced to escape from Ireland, he heads for America to track down the owner of the ring. Inspired by true events, this romance is about loss and closure, love and reconciliation, and the ability to find happiness when it seems all but gone.