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The Disappearance of Finbar (1996)

Finbar and Danny are close childhood friends who live in a depressing neighbourhood in an Irish town. Finbar gets the chance to play soccer in an international soccer team abroad but can't ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Griffin ...
Danny Quinn
Finbar Flynn
Michael Flynn
Chris Meehan ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Toner Quinn ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Phil Calley ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Fran McPhail ...
Roscommon Cowbow
Pete Cummins ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Pat Henry ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Gerard Cullen ...
Roscommon Cowboy
Jake Williams ...
Young Finbar
Robert Hickey ...
Young Danny
Eleanor Methven ...
Pat Flynn
Marie Mullen ...
Ellen Quinn
Don Foley ...
Grandpa Quinn


Finbar and Danny are close childhood friends who live in a depressing neighbourhood in an Irish town. Finbar gets the chance to play soccer in an international soccer team abroad but can't use it and comes back. He went as a hero and came back as loser. Even the relation to Danny gets worse. In an act of desperation he jumps from a bridge and just disappears. After years of missing Finbar, he calls Danny from Sweden and Danny follows this call disappearing from this neighbourhood, too. In an odyssey, Danny travels from Stockholm to the far north of Sweden, to Lappland, looking for Finbar. Up there, he does not only meet Finbar but also very nice people and the lovely Abbi. But the friendship to Finbar has changed and their lives evantually separate. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auf der Suche nach Finbar  »

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1.85 : 1
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Finbar Flynn: Bet you wish you were here don't ya, Danny?
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Music by Jules Sylvain
Performed by Pedro's Heavy Gentlemen
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Interesting Film
15 November 2003 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

I initially saw this movie b/c I am a Jonathan Rhys-Meyers fan and had not seen the film. The start of the film was a tad slow for my tastes, but as it got on, I got more into it. When Finbar actually disappears (preluded with very smart, energetic gut acting by Rhys-Meyers) and Danny decides to look for him, I really started paying attention. It was an interesting trip. The music was great, the scenery shots were gorgeous, and I thought Danny was doing good detective work. There is an element of humor in the film that really got me. I wasn't expecting it, but it was there, though subtle.

Griffin does a fine job as Danny. He is understated and very likable. Rhys-Meyers' Finbar is very interesting. He is a mysterious figure that we never get the real deal on. We get a look here and there of real emotion and feeling, but I don't know Finbar. The energy Jonathan gave the role was a little unexpected (I expected him to be more subdued), but it was a perfect foil for Danny.

All in all, I thought it was a good film, worth the time to see.

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