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A story about love, life, and loss...with a splash of whiskey See more »
A dysfunctional Irish family gathers after the death of their patriarch. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (From IFC. 23 June 2008, 8:09 AM, PDT)

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great film - strong job by Malcolm McDowell See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order)

Malcolm McDowell ... Enda Doyle

Olivia Tracey ... Moya Doyle

Heather Juergensen ... Medbh Doyle

Max Beesley ... Johnny Doyle

Greg Ellis ... Tom Ivres

Susan Lynch ... Catherine Doyle
Catherine Farrell ... Helen

Sean Lawlor ... Prof. Thompson

Robert Easton ... Old Geezer

Aubrey Morris ... Father Morton

Arie Verveen ... Doc

Timothy V. Murphy ... Eamonn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zola Glassman ... Young Medbh

Kathryn Joosten ... Nurse

Lou Mulford ... Neighbor Woman
Christopher Paci ... Baby Johnny
Jackson Roach ... Young Johnny

Shiva Rose ... Evie (as Shiva Rose McDermott)

Deidra Sarego ... Irish Singer

Shahar Sorek ... Bar Patron
Georgiana Sîrbu ... Young Catherine
Mark Westerdale ... College student

Directed by
Tamar Simon Hoffs 
Writing credits
Tamar Simon Hoffs (story)

Joseph O'Connor (play)

Tamar Simon Hoffs (screenplay) and
Gail Stayden (screenplay) (as Gail Wager Stayden)

Produced by
Pierce Boyce .... co-producer
Georganne Aldrich Heller .... producer
Josh Hoffs .... executive producer
Susanna Hoffs .... executive producer
Tamar Simon Hoffs .... producer
Anton Linecker .... associate producer
Malcolm McDowell .... associate producer
Alfred Sapse .... producer
Gail Stayden .... producer (as Gail Wager Stayden)
Martin Stayden .... producer
Julia Stemock .... line producer
Original Music by
Seth Podowitz 
Cinematography by
Nancy Schreiber (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daithí Keane 
Production Design by
Julieann Getman 
Art Direction by
Kirk LeBlanc 
Set Decoration by
Nya Patrinos 
Costume Design by
Amanda Jones 
Makeup Department
Jennifer Gerber .... assistant makeup artist
Michelle Werner .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher Landry .... unit production manager
Charlie Stickney .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Landry .... first assistant director
Josh Oliver .... second assistant director
Art Department
Amit Aloni .... art assistant
Dexter Andres .... art intern
Laura Baber .... assistant to the production designer
Chelsea Black .... art intern
Jake Blecha .... swing (as Jacob Blecha)
Ari Etkes .... swing
Chad McKnight .... lead man
Gregory Meichtry .... property master (as Greg Meichtry)
Nathan Ogilvie .... painter
Tommy Paul .... swing (as Thomas R. Paul)
Lisa Yu .... art assistant
Sound Department
Mark Andrew Clark .... boom operator (as Mark Clark)
Monroe Cummings .... boom operator
Adrian Ferry .... foley editor
Jared Neal .... dialogue editor
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer (as Matt Nicolay)
Phillip Raves .... sound effects editor
Clive Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken Teaney .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Marie Chao .... first assistant camera
Jeffrey Chin .... grip (as Jeff Chin)
Brian Christie .... dolly grip
Cory Clay .... grip
Matt Crapo .... best boy electric
Eric Forand .... grip
Brian Garbellini .... camera operator
James Jansen .... additional cinematographer
Yu Karitani .... electrician
Laurence Manly .... director of photography: additional photography
Craig McNelley .... rigging grip
Erik Messerschmidt .... best boy grip
Chris Smith .... key grip
Roderick Spencer .... gaffer (as Rod Spencer)
Kelly Travis .... second assistant camera (as Kelly Richard)
Tim Wattez .... electrician
James Pat Whelan .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julia Stayden .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Lance Spindler .... post-production (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor
Dick Bernstein .... music editor
Transportation Department
William Kuehn .... transportation coordinator (as Bill Kuehn)
David 'Bear' Ortiz .... transportation captain
Benjamin Rivera .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Brian Barr .... additional production assistant
Ainslie Currie .... production coordinator
Sarah Elgart .... choreographer
Matt Hightshoe .... production intern
Brenton McCracken .... production assistant
Wayne Ngu .... production assistant
Paolo Paci .... script supervisor
Alfred Sapse .... legal services
Erin Sellnow .... production assistant
Charlie Stickney .... assistant to director
Michelle Wade Byrd .... production intern (as Michelle Wade)
Dru Zipkin .... set production assistant

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Additional Details

Rated R for language including some sexual references
97 min

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Malcolm McDowell and Max Beesley enjoyed playing practical jokes on the set.See more »
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
great film - strong job by Malcolm McDowell, 14 November 2005
Author: jojomogir from United States

I saw this film at the Westwood Film Festival in L.A. and I was blown away.

Red Roses is the kind of film that *should* be getting made these days: strong characters, seamless writing, great performances. Malcolm McDowell plays an admired but flawed Irish patriarch, whose three children and loving wife (elegantly played by Olivia Tracy, who is gorgeous) reunite at his wake and come to terms with their not-always-rosy relationships to him and each other. We come to know McDowell's character Enda Doyle only through videotapes he has left, which doesn't diminish his screen presence one bit – he is as riveting here as he was 35 years ago in A Clockwork Orange. As the alcohol flows, the family's dysfunction is gradually revealed until eventually we understand why none of Enda's university colleagues or local pub companions has chosen to join the family at his wake. The standout performance here is by Max Beesley as the prodigal son Johnny - with a presence reminiscent of a tougher Ewan MacGregor he could be MacDowell's real-life son. He nails the hard exterior formed by years of compensating for his father's tough love. Heather Juergensen (Kissing Jessica Stein) out-Irishes her real Irish counterparts (no distracting accents here), and Susan Lynch and Greg Ellis are both strong and convincing as the favorite first-born sister (though no angel, she) and her awkward boyfriend dancing as fast as he can to please everyone.

A central story point is the role of a mysterious beautiful girl known to have kept company at the university with Doyle (Catherine Farrell – yes, Colin's sister). Has the mother been unaware all these years of Enda's indiscretions, or has she chosen to live in denial just to survive? This subplot is expertly played out as the film unfolds.

Red Roses and Petrol is an engaging, if sometimes gut-wrenching, portrayal of a real family coming to terms with real issues. Go see it if you can.

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