Down 417 this week

Intermission (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  16 April 2004 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 13,264 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 96 user | 74 critic | 27 from

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



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 49 titles
created 13 Sep 2011
a list of 26 titles
created 05 Nov 2011
a list of 40 titles
created 11 May 2013
a list of 40 titles
created 6 months ago
a list of 25 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Intermission" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Intermission (2003)

Intermission (2003) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Intermission.

User Polls

6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Michael McElhatton
I Went Down (1997)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach
Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Antoine Byrne
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours" comes a story that chronicles a dozen years in the lives of two best friends who couldn't be more different. From suburban Cleveland in... See full summary »

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Robin Wright
Disco Pigs (2001)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A twisted rite of passage.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan
Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle
Sunburn (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of Irish college students are about to leave for the United States, where they've landed summer jobs in Long Island. Working hard in the day and playing even harder at night, they ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Hume
Stars: Paloma Baeza, Cillian Murphy, Barry Ward
On the Edge (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.

Director: John Carney
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Martin Carney
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things.

Director: Kieron J. Walsh
Stars: Peter McDonald, Flora Montgomery, Marie Mullen
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham
The Field (1990)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land. And when the widow who owns the field decides to sell the field in a public ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean
The Van (1996)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper', depicts the hilarious yet poignant adventures of Bimbo. Upon being ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan


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 »

Parents Guide:






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)


$107,343 (Australia) (4 June 2004)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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


Lehiff: Don't want sugar. Got any brown sauce?
See more »

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 »


Bumble A Bumble B Bumble C Bumble D
Written by Nick Broughton and Simon Stone
Published by Mute Song Ltd
Performed by Fonda 500
Courtesy of Truck Records and The Village
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

demanding but rewarding offbeat comedy
13 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You may develop a slight case of whiplash while watching "Intermission," but it will be a small enough price to pay for the pleasure of the experience. This is a fascinating film that ingeniously weaves together a myriad of overlapping stories whose common thread is life among the Irish working class.

The screenplay focuses on a group of seemingly unrelated people whose lives crisscross and intersect in so well crafted a way that, as the story develops, a fully connected narrative soon emerges. Through a carefully thought-out structure and pattern, writer Mark O'Rowe and director John Crowley create order out of seeming disorder, and the overlaps never feel pre-fabricated or contrived - until the end that is, and then the contrivance is used for comic effect. The overarching theme of the piece is an examination of the subtleties and complexities that make up human interactions and human relationships. There are people here from all walks of life, yet they are basically united in their desire for love, commitment and acceptance from their fellow man. A few of them veer towards the criminal and/or violent side of life but most are just ordinary Joes (and Janes) trying to make the best of the lives they've been handed. This is one of those films in which the good people triumph over their failings, the not-so-good ones get the chance to make things right, and the irredeemable ones get their richly deserved comeuppance in the end.

Colin Farrell, playing a violent, two-bit hoodlum, is the only "name" member of the cast, but the film boasts a whole gallery of fine actors and actresses who deliver heartfelt, winning performances. The film is filled with humor and sentiment and just enough action and violence to keep the whole thing contemporary and cutting edge (with the usual nod to "Pulp Fiction," of course).

The real joy of the film lies in putting yourself in the hands of the filmmakers and letting them take you wherever it is they want you to go. The trip, I promise you, will be a rewarding one.

And you'll barely feel that whiplash.

51 of 66 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Is Dublin city really as bad as this? filmfourever
needs subtitles hiltonheadserg
Whose face was the mask based off of? Duc_de_Richleau
So who thought the kid was going to help him? sofox
strange taste of coffee??? jennifer_29tr
Cillian Murphy kayeanna77
Discuss Intermission (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: