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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Martin Carney ... Priest

Paul Hickey ... Mikey
Camille O'Sullivan ... Mikey's Wife

Cillian Murphy ... Jonathan Breech

Vincent Walsh ... Bouncer
Vinny Murphy ... Bouncer

Mary Murray ... Maria
Gavin Coleman ... Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray ... Joyrider

Stephen Rea ... Dr. Figure

Aidan Kelly ... Patient in Recreation Room

John Burke ... Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan ... Cat Woman
Des Smith ... Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron ... Woman Playing Piano
Arthur Riordan ... Male Nurse

Tricia Vessey ... Rachel Row
Bill Hodnett ... Patient on Bench

Jonathan Jackson ... Toby

Marcella Plunkett ... Lesley
Tomás Ó Súilleabháin ... Nick (as Tom Ó Súilleabháin)

Simon Delaney ... Man in Pub
Imelda Andrews ... Woman Watching TV
Des Nealon ... Man Watching TV

Gerard McSorley ... Rachel's Father
Eanna MacLiam ... Heavy in Bowling Alley

Liam Carney ... Heavy's Friend
Charlie O'Reilly ... Hospital Security Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alison Coffey ... Sally (uncredited)

Alexandra McGuinness ... Mental Patient (uncredited)

Adrain Washington ... Paulo (uncredited)

Directed by
John Carney 
Writing credits
Daniel James (written by) and
John Carney (written by)

Produced by
Roger Crago .... executive producer
Ed Guiney .... producer
Arthur Lappin .... producer
Paul Myler .... line producer
Jim Sheridan .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Carney 
Cinematography by
Eric Alan Edwards (director of photography) (as Eric Edwards)
Film Editing by
Dermot Diskin 
Thomas Wise  (as Tom Weisel)
Production Design by
Brian Morris 
Art Direction by
Anna Rackard 
Costume Design by
Lorna Marie Mugan 
Makeup Department
Bernie Dooley .... chief hairdresser
Jennifer Hegarty .... makeup artist: additional photography
Tara McHugh .... assistant makeup artist
Maire O'Sullivan .... key makeup artist
Dee Tormey .... assistant hairdresser
Production Management
Tricia Perrott .... post-production supervisor
Breda Walsh .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marian Barlow .... second assistant director: additional photography
Donnacha Brady .... trainee assistant director: additional photography
Enda Doherty .... trainee assistant director
Elizabeth Gill .... first assistant director: additional photography (as Liz Gill)
Konrad Jay .... first assistant director
Bailey Marks .... third assistant director: additional photography
Iseult O'Siochain .... trainee assistant director (as Iseult Ó'Siocháin)
Karen Richards .... second assistant director
Dermot Whelan .... third assistant director
Art Department
Russ Bailey .... construction manager
Mark Cannon .... carpenter: additional photography
Sinead Clancy .... assistant art director: additional photography (as Sinéad Clancy)
Thomas Clarke .... dressing props trainee
Bronwyn Clohissey-Boyd .... master painter: additional photography (as Bronwyn Clohissey)
Tamara Conboy .... assistant art director
June Connon .... stand-by props
Clodagh Conroy .... art director: additional photography
Martin Doyle .... dressing props trainee
Pascal Farrell .... supervising carpenter
Brian Geoghegan .... carpenter
Paul Hedges .... property master
Michael Kelly .... stagehand
Michael Kelly .... stand-by stagehand: additional photography
Seamus Kelly .... stand-by props
Martin Kenny .... stand-by painter
Keavy Lalor .... prop buyer
David Marsh .... props: additional photography (as Dave Marsh)
John McHugh .... painter
Pat McKane .... props: additional photography
Brian Molloy .... stand-by carpenter
Tony Nicholson .... dressing props
Fenton O'Brien .... plasterer
Gerry Quigley .... stand-by stagehand
Gerard Richardson .... master painter (as Gerry Richardson)
Philip Richardson .... dressing props
Ed Walsh .... art department trainee
Michael A. Billings .... lead dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Daniel Birch .... production sound recordist (as Dan Birch)
Alan Collins .... sound facility manager: ardmore sound
Jim Corcoran .... sound recordist: additional photography
Michelle Cunniffe .... re-recording mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... assistant foley artist
Caoimhe Doyle .... assistant sound editor
Pat Doyle .... boom operator: additional photography (as Patrick Doyle)
Patrick Drummond .... supervising sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Steven Farrell .... boom operator
John Fitzgerald .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Flanagan .... boom operator
Anthony Litton .... adr editor
Andy Malcolm .... key foley artist
Jean McGrath .... adr recordist
Maeve O'Boyle .... trainee sound editor
Gerard Roche .... adr mixer (as Gerry Roche)
Peter Slater .... boom operator
Macdara Smith .... assistant foley artist
Jon Stevenson .... sound effects editor
Annette Stone .... dialogue editor
Richard Welsh .... dolby sound consultant
Daniel Birch .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Sarah Gaines .... dailies transfer operator (uncredited)
Anthony Litton .... foley editor (uncredited)
Gerard Roche .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Susi Roper .... digital effects producer
Brendan Condren .... stunt performer
Patrick Condren .... stunt coordinator
Patrick Condren .... stunt performer (as Paddy Condren)
Joe Condren .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Cahill .... electrician
Albert Cassells .... generator operator
Andy Cole .... electrician
Angela Conway .... clapper loader: additional photography
Billy Doyle .... electrician: additional photography
Richie Egan .... camera grip: additional photography
Eric Greenberg .... clapper loader
Graeme Harte .... electrician
Jonathan Hession .... still photographer
Ciaran Kavanagh .... focus puller
Macdara Kelleher .... video assist operator
Vince Madden .... best boy
Ivan Meagher .... focus puller: additional photography
James Merrigan .... stand-by rigger
Pat Miller .... gaffer
Willie O'Brien .... stand-by rigger: additional photography
Peter O'Toole .... electrician: additional photography
Luke Quigley .... camera grip trainee
Luke Quigley .... key grip
Andrew Smyth .... camera trainee
Stuart Teehan .... camera trainee: additional photography
Richie Donnelly .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Pat Miller .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Anya Colloff .... casting: U.S.
Jennifer Fishman .... casting: U.S.
Maureen Hughes .... casting
Amy McIntyre Britt .... casting: U.S.
Amy Rowan .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Butler .... costume design trainee
Emma Charleton .... wardrobe trainee
Sandra Hunt .... assistant wardrobe
Niamh Lunny .... wardrobe trainee: additional photography
Gabriel O'Brien .... wardrobe supervisor: additional photography
Susan O'Connor Cave .... wardrobe supervisor
Fiona Whelan .... costume design assistant: additional photography
Editorial Department
Carolyne Chauncey .... first assistant editor
Deirdre Green .... trainee editor
Sinéad McGoldrick .... assistant editor: lightworks
John Stanborough .... color timer
Gillian Flood .... assistant post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Location Management
Eimear Clonan .... location assistant
Geraldine Daly .... location manager (as Ger Daly)
Niall Martin .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Brian Byrne .... music arranger
Brian Byrne .... orchestrator
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Gearóid Grant .... conductor
Brian Masterson .... music engineer
Jon Stevenson .... music editor
Caitriona Walsh .... orchestral manager (as Catriona Walsh)
Transportation Department
Philip Beers .... driver
Jason Clarke .... driver
Alan Crozier .... driver
Arthur Dunne .... transport coordinator
Alan Harvey .... driver
Chris Herron .... driver: additional photography
Liam Kelly .... action vehicle coordinator
Matt Kelly .... unit driver
Vince Kelly .... driver: additional photography
John McCartney .... driver
Dave McDowell .... driver (as David McDowell)
Gavin McGlashan .... driver
Peter Morrow .... driver (as Pete Morrow)
Davie Mulholland .... driver: additional photography (as Davy Mulholland)
Eamonn Murphy .... unit driver: additional photography (as Eamon Murphy)
Mick Murphy .... unit driver
Tony Nolan .... driver
Liam O'Loughlin .... unit driver
Terry O'Toole .... unit driver: additional photography
Derek Patterson .... driver: additional photography
Derek Pomeroy .... unit driver
Oddie Sherwin .... driver: additional photography
Brian Thompson .... driver: additional photography
John J. Thompson .... driver (as Johnny Thompson)
Gary Walker .... driver: additional photography
Andy Walkington .... driver
Other crew
Renata Adamidov .... production executive: USA: Hell's Kitchen
James S. Adams .... legal advisor: Schreck Rose & Dapello (as James Adams)
Sandra Campbell .... production secretary
Maria Collins .... production coordinator: additional photography
Juliet Cronin .... administrative assistant
Joe Dapello .... legal advisor: Schreck Rose & Dapello (as Joseph Dapello)
Barry Dignam .... assistant: Ed Guiney
Lisa Drayne .... production coordinator
Jenny Faherty .... crowd coordinator
Erika Fitzpatrick .... production trainee
Gillian Flood .... post production assistant
Jennifer Griffin .... assistant accountant: additional photography
Sue Henderson .... accounts
Fiona Howard .... administrative assistant
Julia Jones .... unit publicist: at DDA
Miriam Kelly .... assistant accountant (as Miriam C. Kelly)
Mary Leonard .... accountant: K.P.M.G.
Tom Maguire .... post-production accountant
Bailey Marks .... post production assistant
Catherine Morris .... script supervisor
Johnny Mulligan .... assistant accountant
Elaine Nicell .... production assistant: additional photography
B.J. O'Brien .... banker: Bank of Ireland
Colin O'Brien .... accountant: K.P.M.G.
Louise O'Malley .... production accountant
Catherine O'Rorke .... unit nurse
Joe Piggott .... assistant: Jim Sheridan
Ira Schreck .... legal advisor: Schreck Rose & Dapello
Clare Scully .... production executive: Hell's Kitchen
Ron Taylor .... film lab coordinator
Sandra Campbell .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Gerry Lundberg .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Roger Phillips .... title designer (uncredited)
Stephen Bradley .... special thanks
Nadia Bronson .... special thanks
Ciaran Carney .... special thanks
Clea Carney .... special thanks
Frances Carney .... special thanks
Martin Carney .... special thanks
Alan Collins .... special thanks
David Collins .... special thanks
Michael Corry .... special thanks (as Dr. Michael Corry)
Margot Daly .... special thanks
Jennifer Fox .... special thanks
Adrian Frazier .... special thanks
Ed Guiney .... special thanks (as Eddie Guiney)
Sheila Guiney .... special thanks
Tom Hall .... special thanks
Glen Hansard .... special thanks
James Hickey .... special thanks
Ruth Hunter .... special thanks
Greg McAteer .... special thanks
Paul Moore .... special thanks
Justin Moore-Lewy .... special thanks
Aoife O'Riordain .... special thanks
Ted Perkins .... special thanks
Jane Roche .... special thanks
Kirsten Sheridan .... special thanks
Mark Waldron .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language, some disturbing images and sexual content, and for some drug material
Argentina:85 min
Sound Mix:
DTS (as Digital dts Sound) | Dolby Digital
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 | UK:15 (video rating) (2002) | USA:R (certificate #38568)

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[after Toby has killed himself]
Jonathan:You can never really know what was going through a person's mind at that exact moment. If they survive, they'll never tell you. If they succeed, all you can do is spend the rest of your life feeling guilty. You're only concern can be for the people they leave behind. They're the ones to look out for.
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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Inner Demons Worn On The Sleeve, 3 March 2004
Author: psp777 from LONDON

The central theme of the film revolves (mainly) around three of the young patients in a Mental HOME; Jonathan - (Cillian Murphy) - Rachel -(Tricia Vessey) and Toby - (Jonathan Jackson) all of whom have feelings of suicide and complex self-harm scenarios, including various idealisations of death imagery. Dr. Figure, (Stephen Rea) who is an osmosis figure to help to explore and hopefully deal with their deep-rooted demons. The surnames of the characters - Breech, Row & Figure also say something!

Jonathan kicks off the story by driving a stolen car off a cliff in an attempt to kill himself shortly after his (alcoholic) Dad's funeral. The consequences offer up the the ultimatum of facing jail or three months in the institute - he goes for the "easy" option ; )

The personification of Jonathan is invested heavily for the first part of the film; Outwardly witty, inwardly dark, charismatic, and quite sexy.

Dispensing with society's protocols and anti-establishment, he comes across as highly intelligent and 'on top' . . . maybe some may find it difficult to warm to his inner angst at first, but perhaps the alternative working title of "The Smiling Suicide Club" would help to explain more about him and other central characters.

Jonathan's 'battle' of wits against the passive Dr. Figure, and whole structure of the institute is very witty, intelligent, and reveals a great deal about both. A fairly corny part of the dialogue draws in the "Good Will Hunting" scenario (Only because Jonathan says so in the film).

The relationship between him and Dr. Figure gives room for some very witty and at times profound observations.

The clever dialogue (always peppered with underlying angst) is PERFECT for Cillian Murphy's character.

The Group Therapy sessions let us meet and greet the other in-patients, who have occasional but important focus in the film. The love-story then ensues; NO! nothing like "One Flew" - The love part of the story and the components within it will be understood from many differing angles - depending on where you've been with your *own* demons.

The occasional night 'escapes' to the local pub, bring the needed inside-outside interaction - especially the bowling alley scene, a central turning point in the film. John Carney ensured that the stereo-typical alley was not entered regarding the love scenes.

We have an occasional snatch of the historical nature of Toby and Rachel's 'relationship' which is left to the dialogue mainly; not on screen.

This is possibly a neglected part of the film which seemed to have got lost on the cutting room floor or so it seems; perhaps with these included it may not have its cult following?

Cillian is extremely bright, charismatic, fluent and cocky with it . . . American Jonathan Jackson's Northern Irish accent is much praised by followers of this cult film and gave great pathos...

Tricia Vessey (looking, sounding and acting a ***little*** like the new Vicky from Eastenders - oops!) Drags her feet, whilst much of the walking is inside her head. To be honest you would need to have had some emotional traumas to understand and even like her. Eastenders Vicky still comes to mind - but only as a resemblance of her image.

The characteristic intake of deep breathes in sync with his raised eyebrows, Stephen Rea carries his passive, calm, role and acts very much as a mirror for the cast.

# BRILLIANT soundtrack in all the right places . . . enough to make you want to go and buy it. ON THE EDGE is totally enjoyable the first, second and maybe third time around - a great film.

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