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A young Irishman enters the US illegally with his wayward friend Seamus. Landing in New York the pair start out with dreams of striking it rich but soon find themselves in dead-end jobs and... See full summary »

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Patrick Shaw
Beverley Elder ...
Helen Graham
Conn Horgan ...
Seamus O'Sullivan
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Tom Finegan
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Jeffrey
Ruth Miller ...
Ms. Mooney
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Conchita
Neale Harper ...
Bob
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Gambler (as William S. Mahoney)
Brian Mallon ...
Cop
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Sean
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Margie
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Mr. Arnold
Dominic Dillon ...
Jimmy
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Maxie (as Joanne Tomasso)
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A young Irishman enters the US illegally with his wayward friend Seamus. Landing in New York the pair start out with dreams of striking it rich but soon find themselves in dead-end jobs and drifting apart. As Seamus pursues various get-rich schemes, the more cautious Patrick finds himself devoting time to looking after Tom, an Irish author down on his luck, and courting Helen a struggling actress caught in sordid relationship with a much older man. Written by Pete Walsh, Irish Film Centre, Dublin, Ireland. <fii@ifc.ie>

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An extraordinary search for an ordinary life

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Different; the collectors edition DVD is 2 hours well spent.
12 April 2006 | by (Rhode Island, United States) – See all my reviews

This is an unusual film in the sense that it's honest. Unusual because it looks more like a studio made film, than a low budget indie. The story is based on the the life of Patrick Clarke who also wrote the screenplay and plays himself, turning in a good performance in the process. I get the feeling that if this film had real financial backing it would've been a classic; it has the kinda substance and heart associated with films like, It's a Wonderful Life and The Verdict. The documentary on the DVD is pretty raw and gives a good sense of the hardships the filmmakers endured to get the film made. The biggest revelation is that Malachy McCourt can actually act! listening to him and the other actors and producers recount their experiences making the film shows how much it meant to them. I have to admit that I saw this film when I was at a low point and it cheered me up, so I may be seeing it through rose tinted glasses; but I still think that the collectors edition DVD is 2 hours well spent.


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