Jack Flinter is skating on thin ice. Known to his friends as "Flick", he is drifting through life, dealing a bit of hash, drinking and screwing around. His girlfriend Alice has had enough. ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Flinter
Des Fitzpatrick
Gerard Mannix Flynn ...
Catherine Punch ...
Alan Devlin ...
Pop Devlin
Aaron Harris ...
Gerry Murphy
Maria Lennon ...
Alan Devine ...
Vinnie McCabe ...
Taxi Driver
Joe Hanley ...
Patrick Leech ...
Undercover Garda
Frank McDonald ...
Sinead Murphy ...
Michael West ...
Dr. Gorman


Jack Flinter is skating on thin ice. Known to his friends as "Flick", he is drifting through life, dealing a bit of hash, drinking and screwing around. His girlfriend Alice has had enough. His friend and business partner Des is strung out, his behavior increasingly unpredictable. Their latest scam has them in over their heads. He meets Isabelle, a German woman visiting the city and the resulting story takes place over a few days and nights when all Jack's chickens come home to roost. His life spinning out of control, he has to make a decision - sink or swim. Written by Anonymous

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In every club in every bar there's a dealer dying to make it big


Crime | Drama | Thriller





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23 October 2000 (USA)  »

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The film was shot in 18 days on a budget of 18,000. According to Connolly "We put together a compact crew - first-timers like ourselves - and we shot the film in eighteen days, mostly within a three mile radius of O'Connell Bridge. We tried to follow some basic guidelines we had culled together from reading and hearing about low-budget film-making - namely, you write a script with a couple of characters in one location; you do an inventory of availability; you make it fit your budget; you rehearse well, talk everything through; you spend the money on getting the best gear you can afford; you keep the shoot tight - three weeks maximum; you use locations that are free; you keep to a twelve-hour day, six day week; you shoot a ratio of 6/1 and you keep away from people who say it can't be done." See more »


Jack Flinter: [Des finishes rolling a joint as Jack comes into the room] Where is it?
Des Fitzpatrick: What?
Jack Flinter: The gun.
Des Fitzpatrick: [hands it over] It's the one James Bond uses in the films.
Jack Flinter: Yeah, but this is real life.
[Jack points the gun at Des]
Jack Flinter: How does it feel Des?
Des Fitzpatrick: What are you playing at?
Jack Flinter: How does it feel Des?
Des Fitzpatrick: You're not scaring me. It's not loaded.
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Gripping film about young drug dealers in Dublin and the trouble they get into around town.
14 March 2001 | by (Seattle, Wash.) – See all my reviews

I just saw this at the Irishreels Film Festival in Seattle and really enjoyed it. Writer/director Fintan Connolly attended the screening and took questions afterwards. This was his first feature film, and it was done on a shoestring budget. He said the two lead male actors, David Murray and David Wilmot, are best friends in real life, which made it easier for them to play similar roles in the film. David Murray, in his first major acting role, plays the lead character, Jack Flinter (aka "Flick"). He does a solid, bang-up job carrying the picture. There are a lot of close-ups of his long, slightly pock-marked face and he is mostly deadpan but nonetheless quite compelling. He and his buddy Des (Wilmot) are small-time drug dealers operating around the club scene in Dublin. They get into trouble when they try to take their little "business" to the next level, contacting the Irish mob to work a deal with them. Things spiral out of control thanks in part to the local police, and Jack seeks comfort with an attractive young woman he's met recently in a nightclub named Isabelle, played by Isabelle Menke. Isabelle holds the emotional center of the picture, and provides Jack some much-needed, if not necessarily deserved, relief. The soundtrack is nice with a mix of classic and jazz sounds. The whole thing was apparently filmed in just 18 days. It takes place in Dublin, but Dublin kind of stands for "any major city" and there aren't too many distinctively Dublin shots. The supporting cast of older mob-like characters lend an authentic weight to the proceedings. I would recommend this film to anyone who liked "Reservoir Dogs" (although this is less violent) or "The General", among others.

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