A luckless gambler finally finds the secret to picking winners at the track - a head in a jar.

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Dr. Barry Davis
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Delaney
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Mrs.Delaney
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Sinead Delaney
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Brendan is a janitor at a university who has a fondness for gambling, especially betting on horse races. However, he doesn't have much skill at it, and poorly considered bets have drained the bank account he'd set aside for his daughter's education. Brendan's wife has made Brendan promise to give up gambling, but when their daughter announces she's just been accepted to Trinity College in Ireland, Brendan has to come up with the tuition money, and fast. While doing his sweeping at work, Brendan makes a remarkable discovery - the preserved head of an aboriginal tribesman who, under proper conditions, can pick the winners in horse races. Written by Yocke

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Rich ensemble cast makes the movie
18 October 2001 | by (Vancouver, BC) – See all my reviews

As a member of the audience at the premiere, I found myself constantly laughing and looking forward to the next crazy scene. The ensemble cast (not unlike the group in Brenda Blethyn's recent movie, Saving Grace) made for a rich banter and many hilarious moments. Robbie Coltrane, as the working class bloke trying to do right for his family, was a wonderful foil for the rest of the cast. The young fellow who played his assistant did a fabulous job of presenting a likeable, mischievous guy who doesn't always do the right thing. Coltrane's mother-in-law character provides some of the funniest lines of the film.

If you want a light-hearted, feel-good movie, don't miss On the Nose.

I highly recommend it.


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