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Eat the Peach (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 14 March 1986 (Ireland)
Two young Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own "Wall of Death."

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Cast

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Vinnie
Eamon Morrissey ...
Arthur
Catherine Byrne ...
Nora
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Boots
Joe Lynch ...
Boss Murtagh
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Sean Murtagh
Takashi Kawahara ...
Bunzo
Victoria Armstrong ...
Vicky
Barbara Adair ...
Mrs. Fleck
Bernadette O'Neill ...
Nuala
Paul Raynor ...
O'Hagan
Martin Dempsey ...
Quiz Master
Maeliosa Stafford ...
Priest
Jill Doyle ...
Aileen
Don Foley ...
Journalist
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Two young Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own "Wall of Death."

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Comedy

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14 March 1986 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Comer o Pêssego  »

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Box Office

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$217,477 (USA)
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Title is taken from the poem 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot. See more »

Connections

Features Roustabout (1964) See more »

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Eat the Peach
Written by Paul Brady and Donal Lunny
Sung by Paul Brady
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Perfect in its own time and place.
1 December 2016 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

In a way, "Eat the Peach" is a classic. The catch is that this film never attempted to pander - or even explain itself - to an international audience. You had to be Irish - and probably rural Irish at that - to understand much of the humour and many of the characters (especially Niall Toibin's "faux returned Yank").

Similarly, the peat industry references and the sub-plot revolving around cross-border smuggling are likely to have been lost on overseas viewers. "Eat the Peach" was made before the Irish film industry had truly found its feet and so, perhaps unintentionally, seemed to have been aimed mostly at domestic movie-goers.

This, IMHO, is why this movie is remembered fondly in Ireland but has never received the international exposure it may otherwise have enjoyed. At heart this is a film about courage and optimism. About pitting one's wits against a hopeless situation. About living as a pawn yet trying to turn the tables on "the man."

And in those terms, "Eat the Peach" is a runaway success. It deserves to become more widely known.


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