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The Craic (1999)

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Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimeoin ...
Fergus Montagu (as Jimeoin McKeown)
Alan McKee ...
Wesley Murray
Colin Hay ...
Barry
Bob Franklin ...
Bob
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Colin / Steven Phillips
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Derek Johnson
Jane Hall ...
Alice
Catherine Arena ...
Erica
Geoff Paine ...
Russell
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Margo
Anne Phelan ...
Truck Driver
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Farmer
Beverley Dunn ...
Farmer's Wife
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English Guy
Kyle Morrison ...
Ron
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Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting work, the two fear immigration officers. McKeown happens to get selected as the bachelor on a TV dating game and wins a trip to Queensland just as the pair's apartment is raided by immigration. McKee escapes just in time and joins his friend. Meanwhile, the IRA leader is sent to Australia in a witness protection program after he gives up some of his former colleagues. The two then spend the remainder of the movie being pursued by the immigration officers and the vengeful IRA head. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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The aboriginal boy gives his name as Ron Barassi. Ron Barassi was a champion Australian Rules football player and coach. He played for Melbourne. The aboriginal boy wears a Melbourne jumper with Ron Barassi's number (31) on it. See more »

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Wesley Murray: Lovely, fuckin' lovely.
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You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Written by James Wirrick and Sylvester (as Sylvester James) (uncredited)
Performed by Sylvester
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A fun film, with jokes a plenty, just don't look for a cohesive plot.
29 April 1999 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

So one of Australia's best stand up comics has made a movie, and I'm not surprised with the result. The movie is peppered with winning one liners and funny characters. Some of the scenes are almost skit in nature, not surprising as half the cast are veterans of Australian skit television. The parody of "Perfect Match" is well worth a look. Don't expect too much from the film, there is a plot, but it sometimes plays second fiddle to the scene, and in the end isn't really resolved to any satisfaction. Jimoein plays basically himself, an Irishman lost in Australia. So he comes across as genuine in the part, as does his team mate. Notable members of the cast is Charles 'Bud' Tingwell's crusty old farmer and his hatred of Cane Toads and Crows. The two SAS soldiers, played by Bob Franklin, Jimoein's partner in crime from his old TV show and Colin Hay, best known as front man of the legendary 80's rock band 'Men At Work' are excellent, playing straight men in the light comic relief. The soundtrack is excellent 80's Australian, and of course with Colin Hay in the cast the credits roll on a great acoustic version of 'Down Under'. The major drawback is that the plot seems only there to link the jokes. Go see it to have fun and don't think too hard.


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