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The Van (1996)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  16 May 1997 (USA)
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The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being ... See full summary »

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Donal O'Kelly ...
Bimbo
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Maggie
Caroline Rothwell ...
Mary
Neilí Conroy ...
Diane
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Kevin
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Weslie
Stuart Dunne ...
Sam
Jack Lynch ...
Cancer
Laurie Morton ...
Maggie's Mum
Marie Mullen ...
Vera
Jon Kenny ...
Gerry McCarthy
Moses Rowen ...
Glenn
Linda McGovern ...
Jessica
Eoin Chaney ...
Wayne
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The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being fired from his job at the bakery, Bimbo and his best mate go into business for themselves and purchase a chipper (a fish and chips van); but will the pressures of financial success sour their friendship forever? Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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$23,366 (USA) (16 May 1997)

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$621,093 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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This is the third story in Roddy Doyle's "Barrytown Trilogy", following the adventures of the Rabbitte family. However, as 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the Rabbitte name (from The Commitments), the characters had to be re-named in the subsequent film adaptations (The Snapper, The Van). See more »

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The movie is set during World Cup 1990, and on at least two occasions, the radio can be heard promoting 98FM. This station did not use this branding until the mid 1990s; it was called Classic Hits at the time. See more »

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Bimbo: Got a bit of bad news today. Knocked me back a bit. I was let go.
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Bimbo: Made redundant.
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Fantastic Irish Comedy!
23 March 2004 | by (Basel, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

YES, it's a european movie...thank God! What I like best in this movie is that it doesn't take place in that clean "US-environment" with all those actors, who look like super-models. It's a real life story with people, who could be just your neighbours, which adds even more to the realism. They're all so emotional, so funny, so "average" looking, so...real! You can't help but love them after just a few minutes! In addition, this film is very very funny, the plot is good and offers occasions for a lot of funny situations, although I think you just have to like this kind of humour. Like I said, this is a very "real" film and so are the jokes. Just imagine you'd be a tourist in that small town somewhere in Ireland and you watch all those funny and odd people there. Sounds boring? Well, I didn't think so! Of course, it's also well shot. It looks different from a US Film (not a crime...yet) and maybe not too expensive, but hey, do you really need a lot of money to make a good comedy? ;)

There really should be more of these films. If you liked "Waking Ned", "The Full Monty" and "Brassed Off", you're gonna love this one.


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