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An Everlasting Piece (2000)

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Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig ... See full summary »

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Colm
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George
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Bronagh
Pauline McLynn ...
Gerty
Ruth McCabe ...
Mrs. O'Neill
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Mickey
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Scalper
Des McAleer ...
Mr. Black
Colum Convey ...
IRA Man
Ian Cregg ...
Milker
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Comrade
Seamus Ball ...
Mr. Duggan
Enda Oates ...
Detective
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Vicar
George Shane ...
Billy King
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Colm is a Catholic and George is a poetry-loving Protestant. In Belfast in the 1980s, they could have been enemies, but instead they became business partners. After persuading a mad wig salesman, known as the Scalper, to sell them his leads, the two embark on a series of house calls--always in neighborhoods that are dangerous for one or the other partner. Then they find out they may lose their exclusive wig distributorship to competitors. Through a series of comic twists, the pair are given large orders for wigs by both sides of the Protestant/Catholic conflict. Should they compromise their principles in order to keep their business? Will it destroy their friendship? Could one of their wigs in the hands of the IRA actually put one or both of them in jail or even get them killed? Written by Miles Fowler

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Piece on Earth.

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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23 March 2001 (Ireland)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,128 (USA) (29 December 2000)

Gross:

$75,078 (USA) (12 January 2001)
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Scalper: The scrotum is the devil's tobacco pouch!
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Under Pressure (with Queen)
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An engaging character study set against the Irish conflict of the 1980's
29 August 2003 | by (Grafton, VT) – See all my reviews

Barry Levinson hits the nail on the head (or rather the hair on the head) with "An Everlasting Piece", the story of an odd relationship that grows out of the toupee business.

The film is amusing throughout and while some might consider the storyline contrived, the characters exhibit both depth and morals as the relationship between the toupee business partners grows.

It was particularly enlightening to see a film set against the Irish conflict in Belfast during the 1980's and to get a better understanding of what might have been like in that time and place.

Highly recommended for what it is; light entertainment with underlying social commentary.


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