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The Closer You Get (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 September 2000 (UK)
Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and ... See full summary »

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Kate O'Leary
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Mary Mulligan
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Pat O'Leary
Pat Shortt ...
Ollie Doyle
Cathleen Bradley ...
Sean McDonagh ...
Sean Mulligan
Risteard Cooper ...
Father Hubert Mallone
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Dollie Doyle
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Giovanni
Britta Smith ...
Mrs. Duncannon
Joan Sheehy ...
Joan
Patricia Martin ...
Mrs. Lock
Dessie Gallagher ...
Mickey
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Irish lads send an ad to the Miami Herald inviting fit and enticing women, between the ages of 20 and 21, to live in their isolated Donegal village. The whole town knows about the ad, and it sharpens everyone's sense of the opportunities for happiness already at hand. Kate, a publican with a young daughter, is separating from her husband and catches the eye of a bachelor sheep farmer. Kieran the butcher realizes that his assistant Siobhan is comely, and then he discovers she's fiery as well. Ollie sends off for Dutch skin magazines that the village postmistress won't release to him. The men, and women, find counsel in their movie-loving priest. Will anyone answer the ad? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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This Spring, it isn't how far you search, it's how well you see. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and some sexual material | See all certifications »
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8 September 2000 (UK)  »

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American Women  »

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£101,051 (United Kingdom), 10 September 2000, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,307, 27 February 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$221,898, 2 April 2000
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In the bar scene just before the dance, the symbols on the slot machine Kieran is playing change even though he isn't actually playing it at that time. See more »

Goofs

Ollie sets his tool chest down outside Mary's store. Then he picks it up and opens the door to enter. The next shot - from inside - shows him entering without the chest. The chest is not seen again. See more »

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Siobhan: For 90% of a given day, you're adjustin' your bollocks... scratchin' your bollocks... or otherwise playin' with your bollocks!
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References Saint Joan (1957) See more »

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America
Written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (as Stephen Soundheim)
Used by kind permission of Leonard Bernstein Music Pub. Co. LLC / Polygram Music Publishing Ltd
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Pleasant, but nothing new
16 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Gentle Celtic productions are very much in vogue at the moment. What with Waking Ned, Ballykissangel and the late Hamish Macbeth. The Closer You Get is a gentle tragi-comedy with a heart-warming if unsurprising ending. All the performances are very strong, particularly from the ever-magnificent Ian Hart and Niamh Cusack, but you can't help feeling that you've seen it all before. If you're feeling in need of a pick-me-up on a Saturday afternoon, then go see, but otherwise wait for the next series of Ballykissangel!


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