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Agnes Browne (1999) Poster

(1999)

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During the filming of the movie, Anjelica Huston was "arrested" on Dublin's Moore Street. She had been convinced by some of the street stall owners to try doing her sales pitch for real. As a joke someone informed the local beat Garda that there was someone selling on Moore Street without a trader's licence. Not recognizing Anjelica Huston, the officer in question detained her. He saw the funny side of it when it was revealed who she was and what she was doing and let her go.
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Brendan O'Carroll, the author of the book on which the film is based, appears throughout the film as the drunk character first at the cemetery he is the man who races into the pub for a pint ahead of the Brown cort├Ęge, then he is putting up the Tom Jones posters, then he is on the bridge where Agnes and the Frenchman stop on their date and finally the character who asks who the owner of the fancy car is at the end.
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Agnes Browne works on a fruit and vegetable stall on Moore Street, Dublin city centre's famous market street. In reality, the market stall scenes were shot on Thorncastle Street, and adjacent Bridge Street, in Ringsend, on Dublin's Southside.
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There is ongoing confusion about the number of children Mrs Agnes Brown/Browne has/had. It really depends on which version you see/read.

In the original RTE Radio version show "Mrs Browne's Boys" (brown with an e) the fifth son is/was Simon, so far unseen in the first 3 series of the 2011 BBC/RTE TV version, had a stutter/stammer. Simon is Rory's twin. [That's 6 kids] This was a more serious radio drama version with the character Pierre/"Fluffy".

Then that radio show story was recycled into the 4 mid-1990s books, "The Mammy", "The Chiseller", "The Granny" & "Sparrow's Trap", and the spin-off "Agnes Browne" movie. Confusingly in that movie there were 7 children - "Frankie" was an additional son. Pierre appeared in this version.

Note - The e was dropped from Browne around this period in the late 90s.

A re-boot of the radio series & books became a stage-show version series, which in turn spawned the 7 part DVD series. Simon was explained away in one of the 7 edition Straight to DVD Series as working nights in a hospital. Frankie has not been included in this version. Known on IMDb as "Mrs Brown's Boys: The Original Series". Originally pretty much self-published for Ireland only, Universal are licensing them.

That version was then re-booted again into the BBC/RTE/Bocpix version. So, what happened to Simon, and Frankie, depends on which version of Mrs B's Boys you watch/read...

In order of versions: The original RTE Radio Show, the 4 novel books, "Agnes Browne" (Angelica Huston film), the stage shows, the Straight to DVD series, the BBC/RTE TV Series, D'Movie.
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Although a period piece, Anjelica Huston deliberately didn't want to de-age Tom Jones as she wanted his appearance to be a surreal moment in the film.
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