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At Death's Door (1999)

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Death is training his son in the art and responsibilities of the family business. His son does well until he's sent out on his own to claim an accident victim. Instead, he's asked by a ... See full summary »

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Young Reaper
Des Keogh ...
Father Reaper
Keith McErlean ...
Tom
Mary Ryan ...
Mother Reaper
Marty Goggins ...
Dying Man
Dominika Zukowska ...
Doctor in Hospital 1
Keith Willis ...
Doctor in Hospital 2
Eoin Whelan ...
Doctor in Hospital 3
Caoimhe Kerwin ...
Nurse in Hospital
Lisa O'Reilly ...
Masha
Tara Lynne O'Neill ...
Pasha
Anna Broad ...
Collapsed Woman
Una Mansfield ...
Onlooker
Maeve O'Dwyer ...
Onlooker
Iseult Harrington ...
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Death is training his son in the art and responsibilities of the family business. His son does well until he's sent out on his own to claim an accident victim. Instead, he's asked by a friend of the dying man to help with CPR. Taken aback, he assents, the dying man is resuscitated, and Death's son is in the doghouse with dad. Enraged, pop gives his son 24 hours to deliver a corpse, so the young man sets out to ice the man who asked him for help earlier that day. Junior's target is a young actor, Tom, going through opening night and loved by Sarah, a rather histrionic young woman. A near-Death experience awaits them all as Junior comes of age. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An interesting short....
24 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The film itself has it's problems. The side-plot with the two women is really hard to follow at first, but there are quite a few laughs and the rest of it is definitely worth staying around for 14 minutes.

The real draw for this film is Cillian Murphy. Though he doesn't say one word in it, he still manages to do an incredible job with the material. His face is so expressive that he doesn't *need* to speak. Everyone should watch it at least once, if only to see that yes, this boy *can* act. It's rather a shame that some of the obsessed fangirls and fanboys have put all the focus on his pretty eyes.

I recommend that everyone watch this at least once.


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