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The Van (1996)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 16 May 1997 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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They got soul in THE COMMITMENTS and a scandal in THE SNAPPER. Finally they're getting their act together and taking it on the road. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »
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16 May 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La camioneta  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$621,093 (USA) (15 August 1997)
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Trivia

The film takes place in 1990. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[Regarding the Christmas menu]
Larry: It's a fuckin' turkey or nothin'!
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Follows The Commitments (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Living Next Door to Alice
Words and Music Mike Chapman (as Mike Chapman) and Nicky Chinn (as Nicky Chinn)
© Chinnichap Music/BMG Music Publishing Limited
All Rights Administered by BMG Music Publishing Limited
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This film rocks
7 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Anyone who lived through the drama of the Italia 90 World Cup in Ireland should watch this movie. It brings back the drama and memories..but that is not all.

The film really shows how friendship comes with a price.

Simple folk, simple situation and the humour of the Irish really create a great story.

My favourite moment in the film is when a little chubby kid strolls up to the van and asks for a choc ice. I won't spoil it but what happens then had me in stitches.

GENIUS!


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