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Intermission (2003)

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A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Thompson ...
Old Man in Café
Emma Bolger ...
Child with Ice Cream
Deirdre Molloy ...
Woman in Shopping Mall
Derry Power ...
Elderly Man on Bus
Neilí Conroy ...
John Rogan ...
Tom Farrelly ...
Gerry Moore ...
Seamus Ruane


Intermission is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love. When the desperately insecure and emotionally inarticulate John breaks up with Deirdre to 'give her a little test' his plan backfires leaving her broken-hearted and him alone and miserable. Through chance and coincidence, their break-up triggers a roller coaster ride of interweaving escapades in the lives of everyone around them. Intermission presents a slice of life, the passage between breaking up and making up, exploring how our lives intersect, and the power we all possess to affect the lives of those around us. Written by Mark Cameron

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Small town delinquents. Shady cops. Pretty good girls. And very, very, bad boys. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dialeimma  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£146,220 (UK) (29 August 2003)


$889,857 (USA) (4 June 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title derives from John describing his breakup with Deirdre. See more »


John: It isn't acceptable, Deirdre. After what, five? six weeks? This is bollocks! You don't fuckin... you don't just hook up with the next fellow who walks by. The only reason you do that is if you never cared in the first place. And that's cold, man. That is the behavior of, and I have no qualms about saying it, of a whore!
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Crazy Credits

There is an extra scene during the credits showing Noeleen and Sam, who have presumably gotten back together. Noeleen is pestering Sam about changing the TV channel, and her nagging manner may give a hint why Sam left her in the first place. See more »


References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


Written by Ciaran Brennan
Published by Clannad Music Ltd and BMG Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Clannad
Licensed courtesy of BMG Music UK and Ireland Ltd
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Yet, another great Irish film
14 November 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Well, if you loved "Crash" (no not the David Cronenberg version, but the Academy Award winning Paul Haggis film) you'll love this Irish version of everyday Irish folk in everyday life, living everyday life interchanging and interacting, kind of like a Irish "six degrees" thing. Speaking of acting, what acting...Everyone is so "real" almost like a documentary, Oscars for All! Great camera work, it just flows so well together, great cast nice to see Scottish actress Kelly MacDonald (Trainspotting, Gosford Park) again. Colin Ferrell is as intense as always, he is such fun to watch he's a great "on-the-edge-of-your-seat" actor. So if you enjoy great acting, a good story with some twists and turns check this one out. Other great Irish films are: Omagh(2004), Veronica Guerin(2003), Bloody Sunday(2002), The Commitments(1991), Waking Ned Divine(1998) and The Field(1990).


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