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The Closer You Get (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 8 September 2000 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Kieran O'Donnell
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Ian O'Donnell
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Kate O'Leary
Ruth McCabe ...
Mary Mulligan
Ewan Stewart ...
Pat O'Leary
Pat Shortt ...
Ollie Doyle
Cathleen Bradley ...
Siobhan
Sean McDonagh ...
Sean Mulligan
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Father Hubert Mallone
Maureen O'Brien ...
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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Opening Weekend:

$43,307 (USA) (25 February 2000)

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$221,898 (USA) (31 March 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 »

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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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Kieran O'Donnell: I'm not an alcoholic! I can drink at home!
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References The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) See more »

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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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A lovely feelgood movie
11 September 2000 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A beautiful and worthy film, set in a small and fairly isolated village in Ireland, yet, like the village and its inhabitants, the film is also, sadly, rather forgettable. The people living in this tiny community, whilst optimistic, charismatic and full of life, also realize the dead-end nature of their situation. The men long to travel and meet beautiful women in exotic places. They put an ad in an American publication hoping to attract women to join them for a local dance, but the women fare rather better by attracting the local Spanish fishermen.

The movie could easily have degenerated into Hollywood-style unbelievability but it resists the temptation. The characters, their lives, and how they develop are convincing and moving. The title refers to missing what is important (in love and life) when it is under your nose.

A lovely feelgood movie.


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