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Beyond the Pale (2000)

 -  Drama  -  1 September 2000 (UK)
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Two illegal Irish immigrants to New York start a moving company. While one tries to rush to get his future, the other wants to approach things much slower. This includes his budding ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Shaw
Beverley Elder ...
Helen Graham
Conn Horgan ...
Seamus O'Sullivan
Tom Finegan
Ruth Miller ...
Ms. Mooney
Neale Harper ...
Gambler (as William S. Mahoney)
Brian Mallon ...
Jason Killalee ...
Mr. Arnold
Dominic Dillon ...
Maxie (as Joanne Tomasso)


Two illegal Irish immigrants to New York start a moving company. While one tries to rush to get his future, the other wants to approach things much slower. This includes his budding relationship with a young woman, who is trying to extricate herself from a strained relationship with an older man. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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An extraordinary search for an ordinary life





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Interesting immigration drama with a sense of humor! rare.
27 September 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Too many filmmakers take themselves too seriously, not the case with "Beyond the Pale", even though some elements of the movie are sentimental, the actors carry it off without the baggage normally associated with this genre. Malachy McCourt is a standout as Tom, a down on his luck alcoholic and Roger Davis is well cast as the conniving Jeffrey. The other members of the cast comprise of unknowns Beverley Elder, and Conn Horgan, whose performances are refreshingly energetic, their work is surprisingly devoid of the usual awful stage Irish-ness style of acting associated with most Irish films, in particular, recent horrid efforts such as "Ordinary Decent Criminal" "About Adam" and "The General". Valentina Olmos is not in the film long enough but still manages to steal the show as Conchita the Latino love interest of Seamus (Horgan). Malachy McCourt and Ruth Miller (Ms. Mooney) are well matched, it's rare these days to see the love story of old age pensioners unfold on screen; it was a joy to watch them. Most remarkable however is the thoroughly watch-able Patrick Clarke (Patrick) a throwback to the classic leading man in the Gregory Peck, Tyrone Power mould, Clarke gives an assured low key and unobtrusive performance and is surely one to watch for the future. Considering the low-budget nature of this film, Beyond the Pale is quite an accomplishment. 10 out of 10

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